Policy Dialogue Forum
14-15 November 2013
The Policy Dialogue Forum, "Restoring Trust in Government", took stock of the key challenges and trends in regulating money in politics; identified emerging risks and opportunities; shaped a common understanding of the policy options ahead and trade-offs in enhancing fairness, integrity and transparency in decision making including in the realm of political finance; and mobilised partners to work together and promote synergies in the future agenda.
"We need to deal with corruption, to have greater transparency, greater accountability and greater involvement of the people...they intrust their lives and that of their families in the leaders that they elect, they have to maintane that trust."
Chair of the Board, Transparency International
Government at a Glance 2013
OECD member countries spend on average 12% of their GDP on public procurement. Variations reflect the different size of the state, its role in the economy and the existence of big spending projects (e.g. infrastructure investments).
In 2008, the Netherlands, the Czech Republic and Iceland spent over 15% of GDP by way of public procurement transactions, the largest shares amongst OECD countries. In comparison, procurement expenditures in Mexico, Chile and Switzerland represented less than 7% of GDP.