The Transparency Advisory Group (TAG) in South Asia has recommended making the private sector bodies and political parties subject to right to information laws.
These were among a series of just-released recommendations decided on during the group’s sixth meeting, held in February. See detailed report on meeting and summary. The group also addressed the role of the media, gender bias and a variety of ways to improve access to information.
The group was set up in 2012 to advise governments and other stakeholders on the establishment and strengthening of RTI regimes in South Asia. Members include retired and serving senior officials, information commissioners, activists and academics from South Asian countries, and from Mexico, Canada, UK, Australia, South Africa, Singapore and the US. The co-chairs are Iffat Idris, a development consultant from Pakistan, and Shamsul Bari, Founder and Chairman of Research Initiatives in Bangladesh.
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