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Benkirane stresses need for greater transparency in government departments to meet citizens' needs.

Rabat - Head of government, Abdelilah Benkirane deemed the promotion of further transparency in African countries and the adapting of public policies according to the current changes as the most efficient and rapid response to the growing needs of citizens.

The international juncture, the impact of the global economic crisis on developing countries and the growing expectations of citizens call for the consolidation of transparency in public services, the updating of public policies and the strengthening of participatory approach to provide a public service that able to meet the demands of citizens, Benkirane said on Monday in a speech read on his behalf by Minister of State, Abdellah Baha, at the opening ceremony of the 9th Pan-African Forum on the modernization of public services and state institutions.

"Despite the efforts of our country, people's expectations are not fully met," said the head of government at the forum, organized by the Ministry of Public Service and the modernization of the administration and the African Centre for Training and Administrative Research for Development (CAFRAD) under the theme "Creating conditions for open government in African countries: an efficient public administration to meet the expectations of citizens."

The Prime Minister recalled the innovations introduced by the new Constitution, including governance and accountability, adding that an open government falls under the government's strategy in which entrepreneurship and the citizen are at the heart of public policy.

Minister of Public Services and the modernization of the administration, Abdelaadim Guerrouj stressed that an open government is the "cornerstone" of the realization of good governance based on transparency, accountability, democracy and participation, and is a "strategic priority" to improve the business climate, enhance the attractiveness of investment and strengthen the rule of law.

For his part, CAFRAD Director General Mamosi Simon, emphasized the need to adopt the principles of transparency, integrity and professionalism in public administration, as the foundation of open government and related services, calling on African governments to be more open to new information technologies and communication to meet the various expectations of citizens and international partners and investors.

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