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PM Ponta attending Open Government Partnership Summit in Mexico


Romania's Prime Minister Victor Ponta is attending on Wednesday and Thursday in Mexico the 2015 Open Government Partnership Global Summit and meeting Mexico's President Enrique Pena Nieto, who is also the head of the Mexican Executive.The Romanian Government reports in a press statement that the visit is paid at the invitation of the Mexican President, whom Victor Ponta will join in the opening of the summit.

Featuring on the agenda of the event are political, cultural and educational cooperation, the 80th anniversary of diplomatic ties between Romania and Mexico, as well as the prospects for upgrading the agreement between the European Union and Mexico.

Part of the visit, Ponta will also meet Mexico's Economy Minister Ildefonso Guajardo Villarreal, and officials of the Pro Mexico governmental agency. He will have talks with the management and executives of the Mexican Entrepreneurial Council of Foreign Trade, Investment and Technology (COMCE), as well as business people of Mexico.

The visit is unfolded on the 80th anniversary of diplomatic ties between Romania and Mexico and it is the first visit by a Romanian prime minister to Mexico in the past 25 years.

The Open Government Partnership (OGP) — is a global initiative launched on September 20, 2011, on the side-lines of the US General Assembly session by the US and seven other countries (the UK, Brazil, Indonesia, Mexico, Norway, the Philippines, South Africa), to increase governmental transparency, the use of new technologies and open data for getting the citizens invoked in the decision-making process.

The Romanian Government joined the OGP initiative in 2011, asserting Romania's commitment to the promotion of good governance, open procedures, responsibility and efficiency, transparent decision-making in governance, as well as encouraging civic involvement in the public life and the use of new technologies in administration.

In recognition of its merits, Romania was elected to the OGP Steering Committee in July 2015 on a vote of the 65 member states.