Budapest, 14-15 February 2012
The popular movement initiated in Tunisia in December 2010 has shaken up the MENA region and produced political consequences of unprecedented magnitude. Citizens have called for democracy and political freedom; denounced corruption, and demanded changes in the economic system to deliver jobs and social cohesion. The task to reform, strengthen institutional frameworks and create trust in public institutions is urgent. Administrative Simplification has been identified as a key policy area in MENA to create a business-enabling environment and implement good, less burdensome regulations for citizens and businesses.
The objective of this Capacity Building Seminar for Public Officials in MENA countries on "Making Life Easier for Citizens and Businesses: Administrative Simplification in MENA and OECD countries" was to facilitate the implementation of administrative simplification strategies in MENA countries and to deepen the knowledge about tools to streamline procedures, render regulations more effective and include stakeholders in consultation processes. This seminar was held on 14-15 February in Budapest and organised jointly by the Ministry of Public Administration and Justice of Hungary and the MENA-OECD Governance Programme.