Workshop on Effective Regulatory Institutions for a State Based on the Rule-of-Law, for high-level officials of the Government of Iraq

 

Ankara, Turkey, 2-3 March 2011

 

Overview | Outcomes | Documentation | Presentations

 

 

 Overview

 

On 2-3 March 2011, Turkey hosted a workshop in Ankara, attended by 30 officials, including peers from Iraq, Turkey and Ireland. The workshop assisted in establishing a clear focus on the role of the regulatory oversight unit in Iraq that will be crucial in reviewing and revising the existing stock of legislation inherited from previous political regimes, and improving the quality of new regulation, critically needed for investment promotion and job creation.

 

 Outcomes

 

Iraq has been introducing new laws to improve the regulatory environment for citizens and businesses, however, delegates stressed the need for clear guidance to ensure quality regulation. The review of the regulatory stock, inherited from different political regimes, is urgent. The Iraqi delegation recognizes that without a systematic approach and capacity to co-ordinate across ministries, an institutional vacuum will continue to exist. Creating the institutional setting for regulatory oversight is all the more important to address the over-centralization characteristic until 2003 and apply a whole-of-government approach to avoid negative effects of sectoral fragmentation. In this regards, delegates underlined the urgency of a sound regulatory policy in Iraq that helps to reduce risks and promote investments and job creation.

 

 Documentation

 

 Presentations

 

The institutional setting for regulatory reform in OECD countries: different models and options

 

This session presented different institutional models and solutions applied for regulatory reform in OECD countries demonstrating their strengths and weaknesses. The objective of the session was to ensure a broad knowledge and understanding of methods and techniques and discuss their relevance for regulatory reform in Iraq.

  • Mr. Josef Konvitz, Head of the Regulatory Policy Division, Public Governance and Territorial Development Directorate, OECD. (English - pdf )
  • Ms. Miriam Allam, Economist, Regulatory Policy Division, Public Governance and Territorial Development Directorate, OECD. (English - pdf )

 

 

The institutional setting for regulatory reform: the case of Turkey, Ireland and Iraq

 

This session discussed the institutional setting for regulatory reform in Turkey. Peers from the Better Regulation and Impact Assessment Group (PM Turkey) presented the step-by-step approach applied in their country for establishing a central regulatory oversight unit. The presentations were followed by a Q&A session.

  • Mr. Halil Bağcı, Expert of DG Laws and Decrees, Prime Ministry, Turkey (English - pdf )

 

The institutional setting for regulatory reform: the case of Turkey, Ireland and Iraq

 

This session discussed the institutional setting for regulatory reform in Ireland and presented the role and function of the Better Regulation Unit (PM Ireland). The presentations were followed by Q&A.

  • Ms. Lisa Hennessy, Better Regulation Unit, Department of the Taoiseach, Ireland. (English - pdf )