The Scottish Government recognises and values the importance of the open
government principles of openness, transparency and citizen participation, and has
been an active participant in the open government community. As a result, Scotland
has been chosen to be part of the Open Government Partnership pioneer
programme. The commitments published in our resulting action plan will help us to
meet the First Minister’s aim to be the “the most open and accessible government
that Scotland has had”.
A key component of Open Government is greater transparency around public
spending to ensure that the people of Scotland have a better understanding about
how government works. As part of our action plan, we committed to developing an
Open Contracting Strategy and publishing procurement information in accordance
with international standards. This strategy will result in procurement information
being proactively provided in a coherent, consistent form that is easy to understand
for communities, the third sector and citizens.