Ramallah, Palestinian Authority, 11 January 2012
In the framework of the MENA-OECD Initiative to support the Palestinian Authority (MIP) and upon the request of the General Personnel Council (GPC), the OECD supported the National Committee for the Code of Conduct (NCCC) in designing and implementing a code of conduct for the civil service. Integrity, transparency, and accountability are key components to build citizens trust in government, create a level playing field for businesses and contribute to economic development. In this perspective, public servants are subject to greater public scrutiny and increased demand for transparency by citizens. They are required to provide better and more responsive services in a context of higher constraints on resources. Hence, they are expected to assume new functions and responsibilities while observing high standards of conduct. Defining standards of conduct for public officials is a first step towards safeguarding integrity in the public administration.
The purpose of this Information Day was to bring key stakeholders together and inform them about the consultation process of the Draft Code of Conduct. The information day presented the steps and timelines of the NCCC consultation. The NCCC used the methodology proposed in the OECD Practitioners’ Guide for Regulatory Consultation and reported on the benefits and challenges to the Regulatory Coordination Committee. Findings of the consultation process contributed to a PA Guide on Public Consultation which can be used across government departments. At the same time, the consultation process on the Code of Conduct is vital to provide access to information, receive comments from stakeholders and increase a successful implementation of the Code of Conduct.
More than 80 participants from most of the ministries and public agencies, civil society organisations, and universities attended the event and participated actively. They endorsed the consultation strategy for the Code of Conduct, committed their participation and provided valuable input. A key note speech by Mr. Geir Leo Sedler, Senior Adviser, Department of Public Sector Reform and ICT, Ministry of Government Administration, Reform and Church Affairs of Norway about consultation mechanisms in Norway highlighted the need for consultation as a way to improve democracy, quality and policy implementation.