Budapest, Hungary, 14-15 February 2012
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 seminar “Making Life Easier for Citizens and Businesses – Administrative Simplification Strategies in MENA and OECD Countries”, jointly organised by the MENA-OECD Governance Programme and the Ministry of Public Administration and Justice of Hungary, aimed 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 citizens and businesses in consultation processes.
The seminar took place in Budapest on 14-15 February 2012 and brought together over 40 high-level participants from 16 MENA and OECD countries. The meeting, opened by the Hungarian Government Commissioner Andras Levente Gal, was chaired by Tunisia, Italy and France as chair and co-chairs of the MENA-OECD Working Group IV.
The discussions reaffirmed the high relevance of administrative simplification in terms of increasing transparency, inclusive policy-making and fighting corruption in MENA.
Delegates underlined the vital role of administrative simplification for building trust in government capacities to achieve its socio-economic objectives, enhancing democratic processes and responding to the basic needs of citizens and businesses in the MENA region.
Delegates discussed the use of the OECD recommendations on administrative simplification, tools to involve stakeholders, quantify and qualify administrative burdens and coordinate these strategies with e-government.
Based on the discussions, delegates encouraged the OECD Secretariat to further engage in thorough policy analysis, data collection and capacity building in the MENA region to support the implementation of administrative simplification programmes.
List of Participants pdf
Session 1. International Practices in Administrative Simplification: The Design and Implementation of Simplification Programmes
Session 2: Measuring Administrative Burdens: Tools and Techniques
Session 3: Integrating ICT tools into the Administrative Simplification Programme
Public Consultation in the Administrative Simplification Programme