Capacity Building Seminar on “Promoting Expertise in Regulatory Management”


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Participants from OECD and MENA countries


The Capacity Building Seminar on “Promoting Expertise in Regulatory Management” took place in Tunis, Tunisia on 20 May 2009. The meeting was organised in co-operation between OECD, the Tunisian Prime Ministry and the Centre of Legal and Juridical Studies of Tunisia. The seminar was held within the framework of the Good Governance for Development (GfD) in Arab Countries Initiative (



  • Host and Chair the GfD Working Group IV on Public Service Delivery, Public-Private Partnerships and Regulatory Reform
    H.E. Mr. Zouhair M’Dhaffar, Minister Delegate to the Prime Minister in Tunisia
  • Co-Chair of the GfD WG IV
    Mr. Benoit Tourcotte, Director of the Centre of Regulatory Expertise, on the Treasury Board of Secretariat in Canada
  • Co-Chair of the GfD WG IV
    Mrs. Fiorenza Barazzoni, Director General of the Unity for Simplification and Quality Regulation in the Presidency of the Council of Ministers in Italy 
  • Co-Chair of the GfD WG IV
    Mr. Jeroen Nijland, Director of the Regulatory Reform Group in the Ministry of Finance in Netherlands


There were approximately 65 participants who attended the seminar.


Participants from six MENA delegations were present:

  • Tunisia (host country)
  • Egypt
  • Jordan
  • Lebanon
  • Palestinian National Authority 
  • Syria

as well as from 7 OECD member countries:

  • Canada 
  • France
  • Greece
  • Italy
  • Netherlands
  • Switzerland 
  • Turkey

From Tunisia numerous institutions participated in the meeting, including:

  • Ministry of Finance
  • Ministry of Women's Affairs, Family, Children and the Elderly
  • Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  • Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development
  • Ministry of Religious Affairs
  • Ministry of Employment and Professional Integration of Youth
  • Ministry of the Interior and Local Development
  • Ministry of Transport
  • Ministry of Equipment, Housing and Territorial Development
  • Ministry of Communication and the Relation between Chamber of Deputies and Chamber of Counsellors
  • Ministry of Youth, Sports and Physical Education
  • Ministry of Justice and Human Rights
  • Ministry of Tourism
  • Ministry of Culture and Heritage Preservation
  • Ministry of National Defence
  • Ministry of Communication Technologies
  • Ministry of Development and International Cooperation
  • Ministry of Education and Training
  • Ministry of State Property and Land Affairs
  • Ministry of Trade and Handcrafts




The Seminar provided an opportunity to build capacities on law making through a discussion about the institutions which disseminate knowledge and promote understanding about regulatory management and reform. These institutions should play a key role in the process of improvement of law drafting capacities and promote the regulatory quality by enhancing clarity, transparency, predictability, efficiency, effectiveness and enforceability.

This seminar took place in support of the efforts of the Tunisian government in launching the Regional Centre of Expertise for Regulatory Quality (RCERQ). (hyperlink to Skander’s presentation)


Policy Dialogue


The Seminar provided a forum in which to discuss how OECD and Arab countries have strengthened their institutional capacities to promote better regulatory policies.

  1. During the first session the different institutions which play a leading role in the improvement of regulatory quality and promote expertise in regulatory management were presented. Participants stressed the importance of legal and technical expertise in different government institutions;
  2. During the second session participants presented some of mechanisms and tools which are used in their countries to promote better regulatory quality. They also agreed on the necessity of monitoring quality and ensuring accessibility and transparency of rules for a more comprehensive and confident approach to law;
  3. During the third session delegates discussed results of the training for juriluinguists at the University of El Manar in Tunisia. Participants emphasized the benefits of training activities for their daily work, stressing on the advantages of the practical dimension of training

Some of the issues highlighted during the seminar refer to the importance of: (i) developing training activities/study visits and guidelines (ii) ensuring coordination and promoting innovative experiences, (iii) updating juridical procedures to enhance clarity of laws, (iv) improving consultation processes, (v) promoting expertise and know-how.

Participants highlighted the necessity of merging theory and practice through training activities. They also agreed on the need to pursue efforts in the development of a better regulatory management system within the framework of the GfD Initiaitve.




Agendas (English - PDF 549KBFrench - PDF 614KBArabic - PDF 722KB)

List of Participants - PDF 100KB




Session 1. Regulatory Management Institutions: Centres of Expertise

  • Mr. Chris Moll, Netherlands: The European Academy for Law and Legislation creates a community of legislative professionals with a common frame of reference (English - PDF 245KB)
  • Mr. Fayez Bikerat, Palestinian National Authority: The role of the Institute of Law in Building in Building the Legislative Process (English/Arabic - PDF 175KB)
  • Mr. Benoit Turcotte, Canada: Le Centre de compétences en réglementation (CCR) – A l’appui de la réforme de la réglementation au Canada (French - PDF 285KB)
  • Mrs. Fiorenza Barazzoni, Italy

Session 2. Tools to Improve Regulatory Quality

  • Mr. Jacques Fournier, State Council Emeritus: Le developpement recent de la legistique en France (French - PDF 127KB
  • Mr. Sherif Fawzi Abdel Gawad, Egypt: Presentation on ERRADA activities (Arabic - PDF 605KB)
  • Mr. Panagiotis Karkatsoulis, Greece: The Greek toolkit for better regulation (English - PDF 738KB)
  • Mr. Ridha Fraoua, Switzerland: Mesures prises récemment en Suisse en vue d’améliorer la qualité de la législation fédérale (French - PDF 179KB)
  • Mr. Salih Arikan, Turkey: Tools for Better Regulatory Management (English - PDF 1,930KB)

Session 3. El Manar University Degree for Jurilinguists: Implementation and next steps

  • Mr. Nadhir Ben Ammou, Tunisia
  • Mr. Ridha Fraoua, Switzerland


Background Documents


Commonwealth Association of Legislative Counsel: The Loophole (English - PDF 774KB)



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