A roundup of OECD news & events on regional issues - December 2016
OECD work on the independence of regulators and how to protect them from undue influence. Information includes new data from a survey of 48 regulators across the world.
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OECD Public Governance Scans are the abridged version of full-fledged Public Governance Reviews. The Scans deliver a diagnostic in a shorter period of time and in the format of a more concise output. Data collection is based on OECD surveys and complemented with a fact-finding mission. The Scans also offer preliminary indications on the public governance performance as compared to OECD standards.
This follow-up to the 2001 OECD Territorial Review of Bergamo monitors progress over the past 15 years and reassesses the main development challenges the region faces. Globalisation has intensified international competition in Bergamo’s traditional manufacturing sector, and the global financial crisis has exacerbated some of the structural weaknesses of Bergamo’s traditional industrial sectors. The region needs to upgrade production processes to generate more added value in economic activities to remain competitive. The review offers recommendations to help Bergamo transition to higher value-added and more technologically intensive activities. In particular, it calls for: a development plan supported by all local actors; a strategy for improving the skills of the adult population through education and training programmes; stimulating innovation systems; attracting foreign direct investment; and, finally, strategies for boosting the competitiveness of small and medium-sized enterprises.
Costa Rica is one of the first countries to involve the executive, legislative and judicial branches of the state in the design and implementation of its national open government agenda. The OECD Open Government Review of Costa Rica supports the country in its efforts to build a more transparent, participatory, and accountable government as an essential element of its democracy. This review provides an overview of the current national institutions, legal framework, policies and initiatives that underpin the implementation of open government principles, with a focus on policy co-ordination, citizen participation, and open government policies at the local level. It includes a detailed and actionable set of recommendations to help the country achieve its goal of creating an open state.
High-quality public infrastructure supports growth, improves well-being and generates jobs. Yet, infrastructure investment is complex, and getting from conception to construction and operation is a long road fraught with obstacles and pitfalls. This OECD survey of the state of infrastructure policy making highlights a number of challenges that all countries face.
Concrete examples from OECD member and partner countries in stakeholder engagement in regulatory policy.
This programme addresses a key concern to governments and namely demonstrates how regulatory governance improvements deliver economic benefits to business and citizens as well as broader public welfare.
This publication explores the link between trafficking in persons and corruption. Although many countries have taken considerable steps to combat trafficking in persons, these have not comprehensively focused on the fundamental role that corruption plays in the trafficking process. This publication presents a set of Guiding Principles on Combatting Corruption Related to Trafficking in Persons. These Guiding Principles are a useful guide for any country that is in the process of establishing, modifying or complementing a framework to address trafficking in persons-related corruption. The report includes two cases studies from Thailand and the Philippines, where the practical application and the effectiveness of the Guiding Principles is examined.
Les gouvernements d’Amérique latine devront améliorer la gestion du secteur public et renforcer ses capacités, y compris au niveau de l’allocation budgétaire, afin de compenser les pressions que fait peser le recul des cours des produits de base sur les finances publiques, comme l’indique une nouvelle publication de l’OCDE et de la Banque interaméricaine de développement (BID), qui couvre plus de 15 pays dans la région.