Cabinet Secretariat Wins Informative Title in 2021 Public Information Openness Award

Cabinet Secretariat wins an award as a state institution and LPNK for Informative category at the Public Information Openness Award for Government Public Bodies in 2021, Tuesday (26/10/2021). (Photo by: PR of Cabinet Secretariat/Agung)

Cabinet Secretariat, Tuesday (26/10/), won the 2021 Public Information Openness Award, earning a title of ‘informative’ category for government institution and non-ministerial government institution with a total score of 90.87 point.

The award was conferred by Vice President Ma’ruf Amin based on a decision of the Central Information Commission (KIP) on the evaluation results of 337 public bodies in term of public information openness. Out of 337 bodies, 83 fell into ‘informative’ category, 63 fell into ‘toward informative’ category, 54 fell into ‘fairly informative’ category, 37 fell into ‘less informative’ category, and 100 fell into ‘not informative’ category.

During the ceremony, the Vice President extended his appreciation to the event which provided a great opportunity for public bodies to speed up their efforts to improve information openness through continuous innovations.

He expressed hope that the award will encourage public bodies to maintain and improve their performances in public services amid the ongoing pandemic.

According to the Vice President, the Government ensures the rights of all citizens to access public information based on Article 28 F of the 1945 Constitution and Law Number 14 of 2006. Therefore, he added, all public bodies must promote the spirits of information openness and accountability to build up public trust and support for a democratic nation.

“All public bodies must welcome any critics, suggestions, and inputs from the public. Respond the critics with politeness, good ethics and norms that represent the values upheld in a democratic country,” he said.

On that occasion, Ma’ruf Amin also underscored a remarkable improvement in public information openness. According to the KIP, participation of public bodies in information openness in 2020 reached 93.1 percent. The figure showed a significant increase compared to that of in 2019 and 2018 which was 74.73 percent and 62.83 percent, respectively.

“The increase in participation rate is also coupled with an increase in the number of public bodies under ‘informative’ category to 60. It has exceeded the target set in the 2020 National Medium-term Development Plan (RPJMN) of 35 public bodies. It also indicated a good compliance of Indonesian public bodies to improve public information openness,” he said.

The Vice President also called on public bodies to always provide accurate, correct, and precise information that upholds the principles of exercising rights and obligations to public information. He also reminded public bodies under ‘informative’ category to maintain and improve their performance, and encouraged those under other categories to make some improvements on the aspects of transparency, accountability, innovation, and participation of public information services.

“I also appeal to the general public to exercise their rights to information and observe the processes of formulation, implementation, and evaluation of the Government’s policies. The key to a successful public information is a collaboration between the Government, the public, and stakeholders,” he remarked. (TGH/UN) (RAS/MUR)

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