The APEC-OECD Integrated Checklist for Regulatory Reform, developed since 2002 and approved in 2005, is a unique example of the practical benefits of co-operation between the members of these two organisations. Elaborated in a series of focused workshops, the Checklist is a policy tool for self-assessment that combines APEC and OECD principles, integrates competition, market openness and regulatory quality, and highlights good governance objectives of transparency, consultation and accountability.
Structural reform and regulatory reform were highlighted in the APEC Leaders’ Agenda to Implement Structural Reform (LAISR), approved in Santiago, Chile, in November 2004. Regulatory reform was selected for priority work, with special attention to capacity-building, together with other efforts to stimulate policy-oriented discussions, better reporting practices and sharing of good practices. APEC was asked to deepen and expand structural reform-related activities through co-operation and collaboration with OECD in particular. The APEC Economic Committee was given a mandate to implement this agenda for structural reform. This joint symposium therefore was the first concrete step toward these objectives.
The 8th APEC-OECD Symposium on Regulatory Reform therefore focussed on three aspects:
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