In the framework of the Forum “From the Government to the Open State”, the head of the Evaluation and Control Unit (UEC), Alejandro Romero Gudiño and Dr. Carmen Rubio Armendariz, Vice-Rector for Internationalization of the University of La Laguna, signed the Letter of Adhesion of the UEC to the TOGIVE Project.

All interventions may be seen here. 

In his speech at the forum and, speaking of the problem of corruption, Romero Gudiño pointed out that, despite the existence of the National Anticorruption System, indices of dishonesty have not descended, in particular, from the perception of citizens.

He added that, “although there are institutions, what is needed is to integrate an appropriate agenda for their struggle and, in this regard, the role of academic organizations will be fundamental:” While there is a State policy aimed at tackling corruption, it is necessary to advance towards an action of integrity, not only with respect to its combat, but with other elements of greater importance that are related”.

Romero Gudiño recalled that, in the National Transparency Week, organized by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), a formula was presented to have a culture of integrity, which should include accountability, competition and ethics.

Mexico, he said, initiated a frontal crusade against corruption, with the purpose of reversing some indexes of perception that have placed the country in a negative way, but it is necessary to think of a culture of integrity, he insisted.

On the other hand, when speaking about the “Importance of the Formalization and Professionalization of Public Servants in matters of Open Government”, the president of the directive council of the International Academy of Political-Administrative Sciences and Future Studies, Roberto Moreno Espinosa, stressed that for decades there has been discussion about transparency and accountability, and “little by little they are being achieved”.

He considered that information technologies are a basic ingredient of Open Government. He affirmed that the Fourth Scientific-Technological Revolution can be used to shorten times, have a direct dialogue with the citizenry and abate corruption. He regretted that there are still many municipal governments that lack, even, a Web page, which is elementary.

He stressed that Open Government is the responsibility of the three levels of government and the auxiliary authorities. He affirmed that a “genuine and real decentralization is to reactivate society, so that, together with its government, it can deploy and attend to its priorities”.

The Vice Chancellor of Internationalization of the University of La Laguna, Carmen Rubio Armendariz, pointed out that the paradigm of Open Government is revolutionizing public management throughout the world, transforming it into its conception and practice; its scope, she said, is very broad, since it involves a multitude of actors such as media, academia, politics, civil society and citizens, who take on a role as active agents in the preparation, implementation and evaluation of public policies.

When dictating the conference “Challenges and Perspectives of Training for Open Government: The case of TOGIVE Project (Transatlantic Open Goverment Virtual Education), Rubio Armendáriz, considered that the priority challenges of this model are: to deepen the democratic culture and to face the political challenges of the 21st century, from the education of a citizenship based on inter-responsibility to what should be the lines of transformation of public administrations for the recovery of the confidence of citizens and the defense of social rights.

She stressed that public administrations demands training in ethical principles, greater knowledge of the technical instruments of participation, deepening the debate around the counterbalancing mechanisms of democratic systems against corruption and greater recognition and interconnection between cases of good practices of public administrations.

She explained that with the project TOGIVE (Transatlantic Virtual Education of Open Government, in Spanish) a series of courses have been developed to encourage training in Open Government, strategies and regeneration of public administrations, aimed primarily at public sector workers and citizenship in general. It will continue in a phase of exploitation in a modality of international consortium, where different entities will be added.

The vice-president of the International Academy of Political-Administrative Sciences and Future Studies and coordinator at the UNIVDEP University of  TOGIVE Project, Mauricio Covarrubias, expressed that Open Government should not be treated as an isolated process, but as one of the indispensable axes to build a sensitive, modern and quality government, close to citizenship.

He called for policies so that Open Government goes beyond the scope of the Executive Power, “since the principles of openness are applicable not only to the Public Administration, but to the set of State institutions, as well as to all those organizations of public, private and social sectors that manage public resources “.

The performance of the governments, he emphasized, can not be fully reformed if the training and professionalization of public servants is not undertaken in an integral manner, especially at the local and municipal levels that are at greater risk of being excluded from training offers.

Subsequently, Alejandro Romero, signed a letter of adhesion to the TOGIVE Project, with the intention of being part of the Digital Educational Cooperation Program.