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OECD High-Level Parliamentary Seminar - 8-9 March 2012, Santiago (Chile) - Programme

 

Séminaire parlementaire de haut niveau de l’OCDE, 8-9 mars 2012, Santiago (Chili)OECD High-Level Parliamentary Seminar
Best Practices in Governance
The Role of Parliaments

 

Thursday 8-Friday 9 March 2012

Edificio del Congreso Nacional, Santiago

 

See the message from the OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría (in Spanish) and the speaker's presentations.

 

Read the summary here (et en français ici).

 

Para información en español, haga clic aquí.

 

Thanks to the kind offer of the Chilean Chamber of Deputies the seminar will be held in Chile. This is the first time that an OECD High-Level Parliamentary Seminar takes place outside of Paris.

 

The main focus of the Seminar will be on governance. Amongst the topics will be the OECD programme of co-operation with Chile’s Chamber of Deputies to establish a Department for Law Evaluation as one of the first initiatives to support legislative bodies in a practical way, monitoring implementation of legislation. This last topic would be particularly interesting for MPs and also staff from technical and professional units within parliamentary bodies whose main task is the evaluation of the performance of laws.

 

The seminar is open to representatives from the parliamentary/legislative branch of government. It offers an exceptional opportunity for Members of Parliament to exchange views with their colleagues and OECD experts on a range of key issues. Staffers are very welcome to attend.

 

Programme

 

Co-Chairs:

Anthony Gooch, Director, Public Affairs and Communication Directorate, OECD
Patricio Melero, President, Chilean Chamber of Deputies

 

                                           Thursday 8 March 2012

8.30-9.00

Arrival of participants and morning coffee

9.00-09.30

Welcoming remarks
Salón Rojo, Chamber of Deputies

Patricio Melero, President, Chilean Chamber of Deputies
Felipe Larraín, Minister of Finance, Chile
Alfredo Moreno, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Chile
Yves Leterme, Deputy Secretary-General, OECD
Anthony Gooch, Director, Public Affairs and Communication Directorate, OECD
Pablo Lorenzini, Chair of the Law Evaluation Committee, Chilean Chamber of Deputies

09.30-09.40

Video message
Angel Gurría, Secretary-General, OECD

09.40-10.00

Press conference
Sala de Comisiones 4

10.00-11.00

The OECD and Best Practices in Governance

Yves Leterme, Deputy Secretary-General, OECD
Discussant: Gabriel Silber, MP, Chilean Chamber of Deputies

   
 

This session will provide an overview of the OECD and its role today, with a special focus on governance: sharing best practices and allowing countries to benchmark their performance against other countries. Good governance requires sound regulatory policy to reduce costs and promote innovation and competition, sustainable public finances and healthy risk management, fighting corruption in the public sector, good public employment and management and a good budgeting framework. Parliaments play a crucial role in these processes, particularly with regard to transparency and accountability.

More information: www.oecd.org/governance

   

11.00-12.00

Best Practices in Budgeting
Public Governance and Territorial Development Directorate

Mario Marcel, Deputy Director, Public Governance and Territorial Development Directorate, OECD
Discussants:

Joaquín Godoy, MP, Chilean Chamber of Deputies
Kevin Page, Parliamentary Budget Officer, Canada

   
 

Legislatures require reliable, unbiased information to be able to participate constructively in formulating the budget and to hold the executive accountable. In the current environment of high public debt and stretched budgets, governments need to restore public finances while promoting sound economic growth. What are the best practices in budgeting while maximising public resources and putting public finances on a sustainable path? The OECD Working Party of Senior Budget Officials (SBO) undertakes country reviews of budgeting systems to evaluate national experiences in the light of international best practice.

More information: www.oecd.org/gov/budget

   

12.00-12.45 

Transparency and Integrity in Lobbying
Public Governance and Territorial Development Directorate

Janos Bertok, Head of Public Sector Integrity Division, Public Governance and Territorial Development Directorate, OECD (via video link)
Discussant: Alberto Cardemil, MP, Chilean Chamber of Deputies

   

12.45-13.45

Private meeting with the President of the Republic, La Moneda Palace

14.00-15.30 

Lunch, Chamber of Deputies

   

15.30-16.00 

Transparency and Integrity in Lobbying (continued)

   
 

Lobbying can improve policy making by providing valuable insights and data, but it can also result in unfair advantages for vested interests if processes are opaque. The OECD developed a set of Principles for Transparency and Integrity in Lobbying to address the question of how to build an effective and fair framework for openness and access, enhance transparency in the identity of lobbyists and the source of their financing, and foster a culture of integrity. But such guidelines also require mechanisms for effective implementation, compliance and review.

More information: www.oecd.org/gov/ethics/lobbying

   

16.00-17.00

Special session on New Economic Thinking

Yves Leterme, Deputy Secretary-General, OECD
Anthony Gooch, Director, Public Affairs and Communication Directorate, OECD

Discussants:
Göran Pettersson, MP, Swedish Riksdag
Pepe Auth, MP, Chilean Chamber of Deputies, Head of the political group of the Partido por la Democracia (PPD)

   
 

The tax system and its effects on growth, development and employment
Ernesto Silva, MP, Chilean Chamber of Deputies

   

17.00-17.45

Discussion

   
 

Key stakeholders are calling for a new policy agenda, and new economic and societal models that focus on growth that is inclusive and sustainable, and political processes that are open, accountable and fair. This means drawing sometimes difficult lessons from the current crisis and considering progress as a multidimensional concept that goes beyond GDP. As the OECD is launching a “whole of OECD” effort on “New Economic Thinking”, it will engage with a range of key stakeholders on how to build the economic and societal models needed for the future. This session will be an opportunity for MPs to share their views on tomorrow’s models and on what might be the necessary policy tools to ensure that the benefits of growth are shared more evenly across social groups and contribute to overall societal development. One of the OECD’s tools to go beyond GDP is the Better Life Index – an interactive tool that allows individuals to compare well-being across countries according to their individual priorities based on 11 topics the OECD has identified as essential to the quality of life.

   

17.45-18.00

Conclusions of first day

18.00-19.00

Reception

   

                                    Friday 9 March 2012

08.30-09.00

Arrival of participants and morning coffee

9.00-09.30

Initial remarks
Salón Rojo, Chamber of Deputies

Moderator: Pablo Lorenzini Basso, MP, Chilean Chamber of Deputies
Cristián Larroulet, Minister Secretary-General of the Presidency, Chile
Ramiro Mendoza, Comptroller General of the Republic, Chile
Patricio Melero, President, Chilean Chamber of Deputies
Mario Marcel, Deputy Director, Public Governance and Territorial Development Directorate, OECD

   

09.30-10.30

Case study: The Department for Law Evaluation in Chile's Chamber of Deputies

Moderator: Nick Malyshev, Head of the Regulatory Policy Division, Public Governance and Territorial Development Directorate, OECD
Patricio Melero, President, Chilean Chamber of Deputies and/or
René Arrayet, Director of the Department for Law Evaluation, Chilean Chamber of Deputies

   
 

During this session speakers will discuss the experience of the Chilean Chamber of Deputies in setting up a Department for Law Evaluation. They will address the challenges they faced to develop a methodology and establish an institutional design that favours the autonomy of the Department. They will also reflect on the achievements so far and their concrete experience with a pilot evaluation project of a law regulating organ donations.

More info: www.camara.cl/camara/media/docs/ley_donacion.pdf

   

10.30-11.30

Institutional Design for Law Evaluation

Moderator: René Arrayet, Director of the Department for Law Evaluation, Chilean Chamber of Deputies (TBC)
Nicolás Monckeberg, MP, Chilean Chamber of Deputies
Philippe Dautry, Chief of Staff of the Control and Evaluation Commission of the National Assembly, France
Kevin Page, Parliamentary Budget Officer, Canada

   
 

There are different models for designing parliamentary institutions to carry out law evaluation. While in some parliaments there are technical units in charge of law evaluation, in other parliaments standing committees, supported by technical staff, carry out the evaluations directly. When designing these institutions, it is important to consider that they have to be autonomous to develop a strong reputation by providing unbiased analysis and avoiding political interference in the evaluation process.

   

11.30-11.45

Coffee break

11.45-12.45

Incorporating Citizens’ Perceptions into Evaluation Methodologies

Moderator: Jacobo García Villareal, Policy Analyst, Regulatory Policy Division, Public Governance and Territorial Development Directorate, OECD
Alejandra Sepúlveda, MP, Chilean Chamber of Deputies
Christer Åström, Senior Evaluator, Parliamentary Evaluation and Research Unit, the Swedish Riksdag
Chris Shaw, Head of the Scrutiny Unit, UK

   
 

It is critical to establish a solid evidence base for evaluation that help technical units and parliamentary committees make use of all available external evidence, including opinions from citizens and groups acting on their behalf. Speakers will discuss how their parliaments incorporate citizens’ perspectives into law evaluation, e.g. by describing the social research techniques that are applied, and how parliaments work with organised groups to carry out consultations.

   

12.45-13.45

Methodologies for Law Evaluation

Moderator: Delia Rodrigo, Consultant, Regulatory Policy Division, Public Governance and Territorial Development Directorate, OECD
Christoph Bättig, Head of the Parliamentary Control of the Administration, Switzerland
Verónica Seguel, Lawyer, Department for Law Evaluation, Chilean Chamber of Deputies

   
 

The OECD has reviewed the international experience concerning law evaluation in parliamentary bodies in OECD countries. There is clearly no single template for undertaking legislative evaluation. During this session speakers will present the methodologies they apply in their countries’ legislative bodies to evaluate laws. They will explain the scope of their analyses, the quantitative and qualitative techniques to carry out the evaluation and the limitations of their approaches.They will also comment on the challenges faced when developing the methodologies they apply.

   

13.45-14.00

Conclusions

Pablo Lorenzini Basso, MP, Chilean Chamber of Deputies
Anthony Gooch, Director, Public Affairs and Communication Directorate, OECD

   

14.00-15.30

Farewell cocktail, Chamber of Deputies

15.30

Visit to La Moneda Palace

   

 

 

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Practical Information

Contact: For further details or to register for this seminar, please contact Jennifer Bisping [jennifer.bisping@oecd.org; Tel: +33 (0)1 45 24 93 26] or Silvia Terrón [silvia.terron@oecd.org; Tel: +33 (0)1 45 24 95 72].


Seminar venue: Edificio del Congreso Nacional, Cámara de Diputados, Bandera 450

Seminar Languages: There will be simultaneous interpretation in English and Spanish.

 

Recommended HotelHotel Radisson Plaza 
Av. Vitacura 2610, Las Condes, Santiago, Chile
Preferential rate (Including breakfast) : USD 195.00  + tax (standard single room)  USD 205.00 + tax (standard double room) 

 

Hotel contact:

 

Marcia Muñoz R.
Tel +56-02-4339000
mmunoz@radisson.cl
Please mention your participation in this seminar when making your booking to benefit from the special rate.

Related documents:
• Relations with Parliamentarians (English)

 

 

 

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