Strategic Framework- Good Governance and the Rule of Law

In response to these challenges, this Plan aims to promote effective and honest governance to create an enabling environment for citizens and the private sector to reach their full potential. Effective and honest governance will be promoted and practised through the following four strategies:

1. Ensure high-quality, efficient, transparent, accountable, financially and physically accessible and nondiscriminatory delivery of public service;

2. Curb both bureaucratic and political corruption;

3. Strengthen the rule of law; and

4. Enhance citizens’ access to information and participation in governance.

The delivery of public goods and services essential to citizens’ development will be enhanced in terms of physical and economic accessibility, availability, acceptability, quality and safety, and without discrimination. This will be done by: (a) integrating services according to the needs of the citizens; (b) professionalizing the bureaucracy as duty-bearers; (c) enhancing the transparency of government transactions; (d) making government focus on its core functions; (e) standardizing the quality of public service delivery; (f) devising a common measurement tool and methodology to solicit citizens’ feedback; and (g) improving the financial management system in government.

Corruption will be curbed to ensure that resources are effectively and efficiently used for priority public goods and services. To achieve this, the government will: (a) intensify efforts to detect and prevent corruption; (b) resolve pending corruption cases with dispatch; (c) adopt a comprehensive anticorruption program; (d) enhance the legal and policy framework for corruption prevention; (e) strengthen integrity mechanisms and control structures; (f) enhance partnership structures and mechanisms and international linkages; and (g) conduct anticorruption advocacy campaigns.

The rule of law shall be reinforced to ensure the impartial protection of rights and enforcement of obligations. Policies will be instituted to curb or discourage influence-peddling. Disputes must be impartially resolved based on facts and existing laws, free from influence or pressure. The strict and impartial enforcement of laws, rules and public policies will safeguard the rights of the citizens and will ensure that public interest will be upheld at all times. A swift and efficient system of resolving cases involving issues of property rights and contractual obligations shall be pursued to enhance the business and investment climate.

Citizens’ access to information and participation in governance will be enhanced by creating space for free, active, voluntary and genuine participation in policy making, decision making and development planning. Towards this end, efforts will be focused on: (a) pursuing the passage of the Freedom of Information Bill; (b) ensuring open and transparent search process in the selection of appointees in independent bodies; (c) promoting and implementing multisectoral NACPA programmes and projects; and (d) ensuring budget transparency.

There will be an accessible and transparent mechanism for redress and accountability, including fair, prompt and immediate investigation of violation of right to equal access to public service and equal access to justice.

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