Economic Reform Programme Meetings
The OECD has held more than a dozen events over the past two years to support governments in their preparation of the Economic Reform Programmes for the 2017-19 period. Over 800 participants have taken part at public roundtable discussions and capacity-building workshops, where the OECD shared technical expertise and best practices with responsible government authorities.
Regional Meeting of the ERP Coodinators
24-25 April 2018, Paris
The regional event, opened by Ms. Gabriela Ramos, OECD Chief of Staff and Sherpa to the G20, and Ms. Myriam Ferran, Director for Strategy and Turkey, DG NEAR at the European Commission, brought together all of the ERP Co-ordinators from the SEE region, experts from the OECD South East Europe Division and the European Commission (DG NEAR, DG ECFIN, DG EMPL, EU Delegations).
The meeting focused on how to build synergies between the OECD policy assessments (Competitiveness Outlook and SME Policy Index) and the ERP process, and how policy makers from SEE can benefit from them. The meeting presented also the opportunity to discuss lessons learnt and how the OECD ERP tools can support SEE economies along the way. During country-specific meetings between ERP Co-ordinators and experts from the international partner organisations, specific needs and support activities were agreed.
Pristina, 12 July 2017
The kick-off event aimed to align all the stakeholders involved in the ERP preparation process by setting a clear timeframe, as well as clarifying the responsibilities of line ministries. The meeting was attended by more than 40 participants both from line ministries and the civil sector. It also served as an opportunity for the OECD and the European Commission to provide their respective assessments on the last year’s ERP programme and present available support they can provide during this cycle.
Tirana, 7 July 2017
The kick-off event brought together around 60 participants from all major institutions involved in the drafting and assistance of the ERP project, including the Government of Albania, the European institutions and the OECD. The discussion was centered around pending challenges to be addressed and key milestones to be achieved in this cycle. The roundtable was opened by Ms. Milva Ekonomi, Minister of Economic Development, Tourism, Trade and Entrepreneurship of Albania.
12 July 2017, Pristina
7 July 2017, Tirana
Sarajevo, 6 July 2017
The kick-off event gathered over 35 key stakeholders at the state and entity levels responsible for the ERP preparation process, as well as representatives from the OECD, European Commission and the EU Delegation to discuss key milestones in the ERP preparation process and responsibilities across the different government levels. The roundtable was opened by Mr. Mirsad Zuga, Deputy Minister of Finance, and chaired by Mr Zoran Zeljko, Director, Directorate for Economic Planning.
Skopje, 9 June 2017
The kick-off meeting provided a platform to exchange on lessons learnt from the preceding cycle and to discuss priorities of the new ERP process. The meeting was attended by more than 60 representatives from the public administration. The event was opened by Mr Dragan Tevdovski, the Minister of Finance, and chaired by the national ERP coordinator Mr Andrija Aleksoski, Assistant Head for EU and International Financial Relations, Ministry of Finance.
9 June 2017, Skopje
Regional Meeting of the ERP Co-ordinators, 7-8 June 2016, Brussels
The regional event, opened by Mr. Christian Danielsson, Director-General of DG NEAR at the European Commission, brought together all ERP Co-ordinators from the SEE region, experts from the OECD South East Europe Division and the European Commission (DG NEAR, DG ECFIN, DG EMPL, DG GROW, EU Delegations).
The meeting presented the opportunity to discuss lessons learnt and envisage next steps in the ERP process, bringing all involved actors around the table. The OECD presented country-specific work plans and support available to help prepare the ERP 2017-19. During country-specific meetings between ERP Co-ordinators and experts from the international partner organisations specific needs and support activities were agreed.
7 June 2016, Brussels
Pristina, 21 July 2016
The kick-off event assembled over 40 government representatives involved in the ERP preparation and implementation. The welcome address of Mr Avdullah Hoti, Minister of Finance, was delivered by the Director of the Strategic Planning Office of the Prime Minister’s Office.
Sarajevo, 12 July 2016
The launch event provided the first opportunity to gather key stakeholders at the state and entity levels responsible for the ERP preparation process. The meeting was chaired by Mr Amil Kamenica, Advisor to the Prime Minister, Council of Ministers.
Tirana, 7 July 2016
The kick-off event brought together around 50 participants from the government responsible for the ERP implementation. The roundtable was opened by Ms Milva Ekonomi, Ministry of Economic Development, Tourism, Trade and Entrepreneurship of Albania and chaired by the National ERP Co-ordinator and Deputy Minister Mr Ervin Mete.
Belgrade, 6 July 2016
The launch event gathered around 60 representatives of the different line ministries and partner institutions. It was opened by Mr Vujovic, Minister of Finance and chaired by Mr Milovan Filimonovic, State Secretary, Ministry of Finance.
Tirana, 7 July 2016
ERP Technical Workshops
Belgrade, 31 January, Raising Competitiveness through Industrial Policy
The OECD team held a one day workshop on industrial policy, which was identified as a top priority in the latest Serbian ERP. The SEE Regional Programme presented the role of industrial policy in the process of structural transformation and the experience from OECD countries. The OECD team also introduced practical tools in prioritising industrial sectors and preparing sector strategies and provided suggestions on the industrial policy strategies and measures foreseen in Serbia.
Sarajevo, 7 December, Reflecting upon the draft ERP 2017-2019
The OECD team met with representatives of different government levels of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Given the country’s consociational government structure, the meeting proved a unique opportunity to further conjoin the inputs provided by the different government levels of the country into a unified, consolidated document
Tirana, 6 December, Reflecting upon the draft ERP 2017-19
The OECD joined the European Commission’s mission in Tirana to provide further comments on the ERP drafts, clarify the use of the OECD ERP support tools and discuss next steps in the ERP exercise. The meeting also provided the opportunity to discuss in detail the status of the Albanian ERP with the European Commission.
Podgorica, 1 December, Structural Constraints and Reform Prioritisation for an improved business environment
Representatives of the Ministry of Economy presented structural reforms in the area of business environment, sector development and energy and discussed with OECD experts how these could release structural constraints as well as their potential impact on competitiveness, implementation risks and mitigation actions.
Podgorica, 30 November, Developing a business support market
The OECD presented approaches and challenges of establishing a private BDS market as well as policy actions to stimulate the development of such a market, allowing the gradual transition from a public driven support to a private consultancy market, where the government plays primarily a facilitation role. The seminar also served as a follow-up of the workshop held in Paris during which the draft ERP measures on non-financial SME support services (stimulating internationalisation, financial literacy and investment readiness) were discussed.
Skopje, 24 November, Reflecting upon the draft ERP 2017-19
The OECD joined the European Commission’s mission to Skopje to provide further comments on the updated ERP drafts and discuss next steps in the ERP exercise with the European Commission. This full day workshop with all line ministries was accompanied with detailed substantive exchanges between the EC, the OECD, the ERP coordinators and the Ministry representatives on eight structural reform areas. Both the OECD and EC noted major improvements compared to the first version of the document.
Tirana, 23-24 November, Structural Constraints and Reform Prioritisation
The meeting provided the opportunity to discuss with Albanian ERP coordinators and line ministries the state of play of the Albanian ERP exercise and the first ERP draft. The OECD held bilateral meetings with line ministries and provided detailed feedback on the diagnostics, suggested reform measures and ways of improvement for each ERP reform area.
Pristina, 22 November, Reflecting upon the draft ERP 2017-19
The OECD joined the European Commission’s meeting in Kosovo to provide a second round of comments on the ERP draft and discuss next steps of the OECD involvement in the ERP exercise for Kosovo.* Mr Avdullah Hoti, Minister of Finance of Kosovo, opened the meeting and stressed the importance of the OECD and EC support for the ERP exercise in Kosovo.
Ankara, 16 November, Exchange on the preparation of the ERP 2017-2019
The OECD joined a European Commission’s mission to Ankara to refine their common assessment of the general economic context in Turkey and discuss progress on the ERP preparation. A series of bilateral meetings were held with a wide variety of government and business stakeholders. A plenary half-day workshop was held at the Ministry of Development, gathering all line ministrie. The workshop focused on explaining the finer details of the ERP preparation and guiding participants through all OECD support documents.
Pristina, 3-4 November, Structural Constraints and Reform Prioritisation
The OECD provided detailed comments and provided recommendations on the diagnostic and reform measures for all ERP structural reform areas. In-depth capacity building workshops with the Ministry of Education, Skills and Technology and the Ministry of Economic Development of Kosovo were held to reflect upon their respective state of play and reform measures.
Sarajevo, 27 October, Co-ordination Roundtable on Structural Constraints and Reform Prioritisation
The co-ordination round table brought together key stakeholders from the state and entity levels to identify commonalities and discrepancies of reform measures proposed by both entities and to discuss ways of consolidating the two inputs for the BIH ERP 2017-19.
Sarajevo, 26 October, Structural Constraints and Reform Prioritisation
Government authorities from relevant line ministries in charge of the ERP preparation and implementation in the Federation of BIH presented their ERP reform priorities and discussed with OECD experts how these could release structural constraints as well as the potential impact on competitiveness of alternative reform options.
Banja Luka, 25 October, Structural Constraints and Reform Prioritisation
Representatives from all relevant line ministries involved in the ERP preparation and implementation in the Republika Srpska (e.g. ministries of agriculture, environment, finance, economic and regional cooperation, health and social inclusion, justice, science and technology) discussed with OECD experts the potential impact on competitiveness of proposed ERP reform priorities.
Paris, 20-21 October, SME Support Services
This meeting aimed to provide assistance in defining non-financial support measures for SMEs in Montenegro, as part of the Montenegrin ERP for 2017-2019. The OECD team, in co-operation with international experts, outlined the key approaches and challenges related to non-financial support for SMEs, in particular investment readiness, financial literacy and internationalisation and clustering. The OECD provided assistance in translating the key inputs on non-financial support for SMEs into concrete measures taking into account the economic context of Montenegro
Skopje, 18-19 October, Diagnostic, Prioritisation and Selection of Structural reform priorities and measures
The two-day technical meeting of the national ERP working group took place at the premises of Ministry of Finance. The OECD met with the representatives of all ministries and institutions that contributed to this year’s ERP document and organised bilateral sessions on four different themes varying from infrastructure, business environment, trade and investments, to agriculture, education and employment.
Paris, 6-7 October, ERP Tools
A two-day capacity building workshop was organised by the OECD to support Kosovo in the ERP for 2017-19 by reflecting upon the first activities undertaken in the ERP preparations, receiving feedback on the application of the ERP Diagnostic and Prioritisation tools and discussing a concept for monitoring the ERP implementation.
*This designation is without prejudice to positions on status, and is in line with United Nations Security Council Resolution 1244/99 and the Advisory Opinion of the International Court of Justice on Kosovo’s declaration of independence.