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Public Governance Committee Update - February 2012



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  • The 45th Session of the Public Governance Committee will take place from 12-13 April, back-to-back with the 6th Meeting of the Regulatory Policy Committee (11-12 April).

In preparation for the next Committee meeting, two events will take place:


  • 1st Meeting of the OECD Observatory of Public Sector Innovation (OPSI) Task Force (20-21 February, Paris). The Task Force will set up the analytical framework to collect country practices and define a procedure to populate the Observatory database.
  • OECD High level Meeting on E-Government: “New ICT Solutions for Public Sector Agility” (26-27 March, Mexico City). The outcomes of this meeting will inform the discussion at the PGC on the role of ICTs in developing governments’ agility.



Upcoming Meetings



  • MENA Conference on “Establishing Integrity and Corruption Prevention National Frameworks”,13-14 February, Tunis
  • 4th Meeting of Parliament Budget Officials, 23-24 February, Paris
  • OECD Global Forum on Development, 28-29 February, Paris
  • 5th annual Meeting of Senior Public-Private Partnerships Officials, 26-27 March, Paris



Recent Events



Secretary-General Gurría presents findings of the OECD Review of Public Procurement of the Mexican Institute of Social Security
Mexico City, 11 January 2012

An essential element of high-quality service delivery and a significant part of public budgets and gross domestic products, public procurement is an area in which governments must meet the challenge of doing more with less.

The Mexican Institute of Social Security (IMSS) is the largest health care and social security provider in Latin America, covering around half of Mexico’s population, and is amongst the four largest public spending entities within the Mexican government.

Based on the findings and recommendations, the OECD and IMSS have set an Action Plan for reforming the IMSS procurement function in order to transform procurement from an administrative task to a core strategic instrument.


Read the highlights of this report here.

The full publication will be available in spring 2012.


Secretary-General Angel Gurría with Daniel Karam, Director General of IMSS


"These reviews are pioneer initiatives in our long and rich relationship with Mexico and Latin America."  - Angel Gurría



OECD Review of Mexico’s National Civil Protection System
Mexico City, 10 January 2012


Secretary-General Angel Gurría and Minister of Interior Alejandro Poiré Romero, launched the OECD peer review of Mexico’s National Civil Protection System.

Stakeholders with a role in civil protection from Federal, state and municipal levels of government gathered to discuss the review’s process, methodology and expected deliverables.  The focus of the review will be on public policies to prepare for, monitor, respond to and recover from natural disasters with a focus on earthquakes, floods and hurricanes.


Alejandro Poiré Romero,
Minister of Interior


Hot off the Press


The OECD Yearbook 2012 explores key issues confronting the world economy and features articles written by government, business, trade union and civil society leaders as well as OECD experts.


Delegates will receive a copy at the next meeting of the Public Governance Committee and you can browse the online version here.





Now more than ever, OECD countries are investing significant resources in regulatory policies and reforms.  At the same time, governments are under increasing pressure to explain such reforms and their benefits to the public.  Perception surveys are an important part of this process and they are being used by OECD members to measure how citizens and businesses view regulation in their countries.


Measuring Regulatory Performance: A Practitioner’s Guide to Perception Surveys helps officials use perception surveys to evaluate and communicate the results of reform processes. In non-technical language, the guide clearly explains the challenges involved in the design and use of business and citizen perception surveys – and ways to overcome them. It also helps officials get the most out of survey results, whether conducted internally or by external experts.


To find out more about the work on perception surveys and on measuring regulatory performance, visit


Access to OECD publications in iLibrary



Delegates have full access to OECD publications, factbooks and statistics via iLibrary using the following access codes:

Username: 2012govoecd
Password: oecdilibrary2012

The codes are renewed at the beginning of each year.





Previous Updates


Public Governance Committee Update - December 2011


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