A 2-day Capacity Building Seminar on Regulatory Reform was held on 24 – 25 November 2005 in Tunis. The Seminar brought together a limited number of invited Arab and OECD experts to reflect on the outcomes of the first round of Working Group meetings and plan concrete steps for the next phase of the Initiative in the fields of public service delivery, regulatory reform and administrative simplification.
The seminar marked the start of the stocktaking and action-plan process for Working Group 4 in Tunisia with regard to regulatory reform issues. Its aim was to provide initial OECD (secretariat and delegates) thematic input, generate a discussion with the Tunisian actors and work on the stocktaking (on the basis of a focused questionnaire) in view of developing action plan proposals, pilot projects and outputs that could be used by several countries on a regional basis. It was thus a test of a format that could be expanded and replicated in other participating MENA countries.
The meeting was attended by 21 delegates from the Tunisian national government and policy experts from the Regulatory Policies Division of the OECD Secretariat as well as OECD delegates from France and Switzerland.
The seminar agreed on the following draft proposals for actions:
1. Promote instruments to improve regulatory quality:
2. Draft and apply a charter for legal and regulatory quality: Tunisian Civil Servants would work with the OECD secretariat on a draft that could be presented for discussion at the April 25 meeting of the focus group in Paris. This regional meeting would then also consider whether other Arab countries are interested to develop similar national charters, and whether a regional charter (or a check-list for Arab national charters) could be established.
3. Provide the Tunisian data for specific sectoral regulation that could be expanded to include several countries, following an adapted version of the OECD Red Tape Scoreboard and including indicators for the costs of regulation.