Regional Centre of Expertise for Regulatory Quality: Training Course
Tunis, Tunisia, 14-16 November 2011
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Master students from Bahrain, Egypt, Kuwait, Lebanon, Mauritania, Qatar, Syria, Tunisia, Palestinian Authority, Yemen with The Regional Centre, INSTEA and OECD
This training course was organised for post-graduates, mostly public officials, from MENA countries currently studying towards a Master degree in Public Governance at the Euro-Arab Institute Foundation for Training and Research (INSTEA), Granada. This training on regulatory policy tools was delivered by the MENA-OECD Regional Centre of Expertise for Regulatory Quality, based in Tunis.
Ensuring quality in regulation has become a top priority for public sector reforms in Arab countries. A fundamental objective of regulatory reform is to improve the efficiency of national economies and their ability to adapt to change and to remain competitive. The purpose of this training course was twofold: First, it discussed how principles of regulatory quality can be integrated into policy agendas. Second, it provided participants with an introduction to planning, managing and implementing regulatory reform. Each element was explained through a theoretical presentation, illustrated by real examples from OECD and MENA countries, which were followed by group work. The seminar was highly interactive with time dedicated to exercises, case studies, quizzes and simulations.
Participants discussed the key principles of regulatory quality and implementation, tools and role of institutions. A major focus was placed on ex ante and ex post mechanisms, such as the Regulatory Impact Assessment and reviews of the existing legislation. Participants also discussed the importance of public consultation in the regulatory process and administrative simplification strategies. They also shared major current issues in regulatory reform in their countries.