Prime Minister Victor Ponta on Wednesday told the Open Government Partnership Global Summit that transparency is, in any circumstance, the right choice for a government and that people are ready to forgive the rulers’ mistakes as long as they show transparency and the intention to govern well.
“When I took over office four years ago, I was a young politician. Now I am no longer young, but I am much more experienced. (…) I have learned four important lessons. The first is that transparency is always, in any circumstance, the right choice for a government. The natural trend (…) of organisations and even of politicians is to be as secretive as possible, to hide something and this always leads to failure. People expect transparency from us. They are ready to forgive our mistakes if we prove transparency, if we prove that we have nothing to hide, that we only want to govern better and learn from our mistakes,” Ponta said.
A second lesson the PM spoke of is that good governance models can be taken as an example from one country to another.
“Even if the countries and the political systems are so different, there are experiences and methods that can be learned from another country. I am certain that the good methods of a good government, here in Mexico, or in any other country, can be implemented in Romania and we can share with you our positive or negative experiences to learn from them,” Ponta said.
He also mentioned the impact of new technologies on governance, and also the need for cooperation between non-governmental organisations, civil society and private institutions and the government, as such collaboration is, in his opinion, “a smart choice” of a government that wants to perform well.
Prime Minister Victor Ponta participates Wednesday through Thursday in the Open Government Partnership Global Summit in Mexico, at the invitation of Mexico’s President Enrique Pena Nieto, who is also the head of the Mexican Executive.