Panama is in the process of developing its fourth Open Government Partnership (OGP) Action Plan. As part of this Action Plan, the Ministry of Economy and Finance (MEF) and civil society organizations (CSOs) are discussing how to increase fiscal transparency and public participation in the budget process.
To help inform the conversation and ensure the OGP commitment follows international standards for fiscal transparency, on June 30, FSVC organized a virtual workshop for the MEF and CSOs on the Open Budget Survey (OBS), its methodology and key components. The OBS is an independent, comparative and fact-based research instrument that measures three key components of the budget process: transparency, participation and oversight. Panama is currently not a member of the OBS, but it can better position itself to join it by following the OBS methodology and publishing key budget documents that are not currently available to the public.
As a result of this training, Panamanian stakeholders are better equipped to finalize an informed OGP commitment in budget transparency, and they have an understanding of clear practical steps that can be taken by following the OBS methodology.
This activity was organized with funding from the U.S. Embassy in Panama.