YEREVAN, July 17. / ARKA /. Armenia’s ministry of territorial administration was recognized as the best government agency with the most comprehensive transparency website by the Committee to Protect Freedom of Speech, whose chairman Ashot Melikyan, presented today the results of a regular monitoring of government agencies’ official sites. The monitoring was conducted from May 1 to July 15 to assess the level of the websites’ transparency.
Speaking at a news conference Ashot Melikyan said the findings were preliminary ‘because government agencies will be given time to look into the faults in their websites and correct them.’ He said the final figures will be published in the autumn.
He said also the committee used a special methodology provided by the Institute for Information Freedom Development in Russian St. Petersburg to study 34 websites of government agencies and 10 provincial administrations in 146 parameters.
He said the State Migration Service had the second most transparent website. It was followed by the Ministry of Economy. The National Commission on Television and Radio, the Ministry of Environmental Protection and the State Committee on Nuclear Safety Regulatory were in the bottom of the list.
The provincial administration of Aragatsotn region had the best website, followed by Armavir and Lori regions. The worst websites had Tavush, Shirak and Syunik regions.
According to Melikyan, many state agencies have worsened their position in terms of openness compared with last year. He specified that many sites lack information on ongoing audits, allocation of funds, vacancies as well as other important information. -0-