I hope you are well.
At our last Meetup it was mentioned that we were looking to have our first Multistakeholder Forum (MSF) with the government this year.
Whilst we have been assured the Minister (Julia Lopez) is keen to champion Open Government, she could not make the meeting scheduled this year.
So instead it will be a Pre-MSF Strategic Engagement meeting as we felt strongly that it could not be a formal MSF without a Minister in attendance.
At this meeting senior civil servants will meet with representatives of this committee and some invited voices to talk about a number of themes. These are themes identified by both government and civil society.
It is likely these themes will be the basis of working groups / workshops next year that would involve a wider cross-section of civil society.
These are the themes identified so far:
- Open Contracting / Procurement;
- Open Justice;
- Data Ethics, Bias, Diversity;
- Health Data (Coronavirus-related);
- Democracy / Democratic processes.
What do you think of these themes? Are they the right areas? Would you like to suggest more?
If so please reply to this message as soon as possible (ideally in the next 24 hours) and we will take them to our meeting with civil servants for discussion.
I am conscious that at the last Meetup we mentioned directly involving the wider network in the MSF and we will get there, particularly as now we have more time, but until then your thoughts on themes would be really welcome.
A new Meetup date will follow soon too.