RIA is a clear example of the trend towards more empirically based regulation and decision-making. Its use in OECD countries has increased dramatically in recent years. Experience can provide guidance and identify important principles. By examining the experiences of other countries, regulators can identify areas where problems or impediments to reform are likely to arise, and can suggest strategies to overcome them and continue the reform process. Some non-member countries have already benefited from this experience.
As part of the work on outreach, the Regulatory Policy Division of the OECD’s Public Governance and Territorial Development Directorate (GOV) prepared the paper “RIA in OECD Countries. Challenges for Developing Countries”, which was presented at the Third South-Asian High Level Investment Roundtable, in Dhaka, Bangladesh in June 2005. The goal of this paper discusses and analyses the use of RIA in OECD member states, and to identify challenges for developing countries in establishing appropriate RIA systems.