A commitment to open government in Francophone countries has emerged from the recent Heads of State of meeting in Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, including the launch of a new 2020 Francophone digital strategy.

Jean-François Gauthier and Mario Asselin from Démocratie Ouverte discuss how they have been working with the Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie (OIF) as well as their colleagues across the French speaking world to support Governments to broaden and deepen the opengov and open democracy movement.

About Jean-François Gauthier

Government relations expert, Jean-François Gauthier has worked in the strategic ICT support field since 2004. Passionate about public affairs and technology, Jean-François is an advocate of leveraging of technology for more efficient public service.

Until recently a strategic advisor to the Office of the Chief of Information, he is now working on initiatives to support innovation in the public service. Jean-François has also worked in several political offices and in public administration

About Mario Asselin

Strategic Advisor at le Groupe Loran, Mario Asselin started out one of the most successful experimentations in integrated computer-assisted training at school: Cyberportfolio at Institut St-Joseph in Quebec City. At that time, after teaching Elementary and High School level and leading activities, he was appointed Head of School, a position which he held for 15 years at Elementary and High School level. He advises institutions, business, Canadian Government departments and Ministries of French Government in order to support best practices and initiate the emergence of vast learning and open organizations. Member of Démocratie Ouverte, he also teaches organisational communication at Université de Montréal.

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