The Way Forward: Concrete Actions for Open and Innovative Government


Paris, 29-30 October 2012


The 8th annual meeting of the Working Group on Open and Innovative Government, jointly organised by the Ministry of Public Administration and Security of the Republic of Korea and the MENA-OECD Governance Programme offers the opportunity to assess progress and share good practices in the areas of open and innovative government from both MENA and OECD countries.


This meeting is held at a time where governments all over the world are endorsing the principles and practices of open governance and commit to greater inclusiveness, as for example by joining the Open Government Partnership.


The meeting will build on the experience of the OECD and in particular of the MENA-OECD Governance Programme. Within the context of the Working Group, numerous activities were carried out in 2011/2012, in particular:

  • Assistance to the Palestinian Authority in finalising its e-government policy document and implementation plan;
  • Supporting Egypt in assessing its policies and practices through the OECD E-Government Review of Egypt;
  • Launching the new MENA-OECD Open Government Project in Jordan, Libya, Morocco and Tunisia;


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Day 1 -  29 October 2012


09.00 – 09.30   


09.30 – 10.30   
Opening session

Introductory speeches of the chair and co-chairs of Working Group II and of the OECD Secretariat.

•    Dubai, Chair of WG II
•    Korea, Co-chair of WGII
•    Italy, Co-chair of WG II
•    OECD Secretariat


11.00 – 12.30   
Session 1: Open and Innovative Government in the MENA region

All participating MENA countries will be given the opportunity to present the state of the art and their implementation priorities in the field of e-government, open policies and innovation.

•    Roundtable presentations and discussion.


12.30 – 14.00   


14.00 – 15.30   
Session 2: E-Government: Lessons learned

The E-Government Review of Egypt as well as the E-government Policy Document and Implementation Plan of the Palestinian Authority will be presented as an occasion to discuss good practices of the MENA region. The lessons learned will foster a constructive policy dialogue on the role of ICT and the Internet applied to the public sector. OECD countries experience in this area will also be showcased to animate the discussion and foster constructive policy dialogue about concrete measures for tangible results in the region.

•    Keynote speech:  
•    Presentations: Egypt, the Palestinian Authority, MENA and OECD countries
•    Open Discussion


16.00 – 17.30   
Session 3: Innovation in the Public Sector

Innovation in the public sector is crucial for MENA and OECD countries trying to implement reforms aimed to improve openness, participation and service delivery. In recognising the impact of public sector innovation in bringing improvements to government’s internal functioning, the OECD has launched a project to set up an OECD Observatory of Public Sector Innovation (OPSI). In this session the OPSI will be illustrated as an occasion to stimulate discussion on the role of innovation in national public administrations.

•    Presentations: MENA and OECD countries, OECD Secretariat.
•    Open Discussion:


Welcome Cocktail

Day 2 -  30 October 2012


09.30 – 10.00  
Opening session

•    Dubai, Chair of WG II


10.00 – 11.30   
Session 4: Open to be inclusive

MENA and OECD countries are adopting a wide range of reforms to ensure open and inclusive governance. Especially within the framework of the Open Government Partnership, countries are striving to transform the principles of Open Government into concrete policies and practices, in collaboration with the national civil society and business sector. This session will be dedicated to discussing these ongoing experiences. The presentation of the MENA-OECD Open Government Project and the OECD Open Government Data project will also allow to identify and discuss success stories and challenges of implementing Open Government reforms.

•    Presentations: MENA and OECD countries, OECD Secretariat.
•    Open discussion


12.00 – 13.00   
Session 5: The way forward

Since the Arab Spring and the establishment of the Open Government Partnership, both MENA and OECD countries have been focusing their public sectors’ reform agenda on implementing new polices to make their governments more open, innovative and participative. This session will ask all participants to reflect on the achievements obtained so far, on the obstacles encountered and on their future national priorities. The latter will shape the program of work of the Working Group for 2013 and will be presented in the Steering Group meeting of the MENA-OECD Governance Programme of 22 November 2012.

•    Keynote speech: 
•    Open Discussion


13.00 – 13.30   
Closing session

•    Dubai, Chair of WG II
•    Korea, Co-chair of WGII
•    Italy, Co-chair of WG II
•    OECD Secretariat

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