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Fair Market Conditions for Competitiveness in six OECD partner countries

Corruption and a lack of transparency keep businesses from thriving and brake economic growth and competitiveness worldwide.

To help level the playing field and foster fairer market conditions in six target countries – Algeria, Croatia, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, South Africa and Uzbekistan – the OECD has launched a three-year project that aims to:

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Raise awareness of effective practices to fight corruption across the economy and society.

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Intensify the policy discussion involving the public.

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Provide tailor-made advice and hands-on recommendations.

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Translate policy guidance into concrete reform actions.

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Integrate the latest knowledge and approaches into academic curricula.

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Strengthen institutional capacities, inter-ministerial cooperation and stakeholder consultations.

The project will convene government officials, business leaders, anti-corruption experts and practitioners, civil society and academia from the six countries to exchange experiences and share knowledge on the challenges they are facing. Through this Collective Action approach, stakeholders will draw upon international best practice to find policy solutions, build capacities and empower actors in each country to more effectively tackle corruption. The project will build on lessons learned in the framework of an earlier initiative on “Fair Market Conditions for Competitiveness in the Adriatic Region”.

The OECD, with its array of globally renowned international standards and policy toolkits and its multi-faced expertise in the areas of integrity and anti-corruption along with its far-reaching network in all six target countries, is well-positioned to engage stakeholders in this project, anchor their commitment and deliver concrete outcomes.

The project is supported and financed by the Siemens Integrity Initiative.

Six OECD partner countries

Algeria

This project aims to support the positive efforts of Algeria in the areas of anti-corruption and fair competition through the promotion of international standards and the adoption of a multi-stakeholder approach. Activities will focus on the creation of a Collective Action community that involves all relevant actors, including the private sector, academia and civil society representatives. This dialogue platform should facilitate the development of coalitions against corruption to strengthen business integrity in strategic economic sectors particularly exposed to corruption risks. Furthermore, the OECD will provide targeted and actionable policy recommendations to policymakers to enhance the institutional framework and to strengthen capacities of enforcement agencies.

Several objectives will guide the implementation of the project:

  • Raise awareness about OECD standards and good practices of anti-corruption, integrity and fair competition for competitiveness with governments, business and civil society;
  • Build capacity and foster the implementation of concrete policy recommendations with regard to the transparency and efficiency of anti-corruption and competition authorities;
  • Promote the latest knowledge on international standards and practices in the area of anti-corruption and integrity for competitiveness in academic curricula;
  • Promote High Level Reporting Mechanism (HLRM).

 

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Croatia

OECD data show that despite Croatia’s progress in the fight against corruption and anti-competitive behavior, the country could further advance relevant policies and laws and improve the effectiveness of its institutions. Therefore, Croatia has embarked on the OECD South East Europe Regional Programme aimed to enhance competitiveness and integrity in a sustainable and inclusive way.

 In order to strengthen prevention coordination mechanisms and government agencies, the next phase of activities will build upon the ongoing project “Fair Market Conditions for Competitiveness in the Adriatic Region” and has a stronger focus on capacity building and knowledge exchange.

To ensure a lasting change, the locally-championed actors will benefit from assistance in the implementation of new OECD tools and practices as the basis for strengthening integrity and transparency among businesses, including SOEs, as well as the gradual introduction of the High Level Reporting Mechanism and new methods for legal provision on anti-corruption practices in the academic university curricula.

To guarantee the sustainability of project results, continue building on the ongoing collaboration with Croatia, and ensure progress, policy makers, businesses, civil society and academia will target the following objectives:

  • Raise awareness of OECD standards and good practices of anti-corruption, integrity and fair competition for competitiveness with governments, business and civil society;
  • Build capacity and foster the implementation of concrete OECD recommendations regarding the transparency and efficiency of anti-corruption and competition authorities;
  • Promote the latest knowledge on international standards and practices in anti-corruption and integrity for competitiveness in academic curricula;
  • Promote High Level Reporting Mechanism

 

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Saudi Arabia

Leveraging Saudi Arabia’s recent anti-corruption efforts as part of its Vision 2030 development plan, the Project aims to raise awareness of international anti-corruption and integrity standards and encourage the creation of a Collective Actions community. For this purpose, the OECD will organise a series of consultations, workshops and roundtables including a wide spectrum of state and non-state actors. This will enable stakeholders from the public and private sectors, academia and civil society to contribute collectively to the promotion a culture of integrity in all sectors of society and ensure that policies are tailored to all relevant stakeholders’ needs.

The activities organised within the framework of this project strive to:

  • Raise awareness about OECD standards and good practices of anti-corruption, integrity and fair competition for competitiveness with governments, business and civil society
  • Promote the latest knowledge on international standards and practices in the area of anti-corruption and integrity for competitiveness in academic curricula
  • Promote High Level Reporting Mechanism (HLRM).

 

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Serbia

Serbia has made some progress in the fight against corruption, however OECD evidence shows that the design and implementation of policies and laws needs to be further advanced. Therefore, Serbia has embarked with the OECD South East Europe Regional Programme in an ambitious Collective Action approach to enhance competitiveness and integrity in a sustainable and inclusive way. To further strengthen effective prevention coordination mechanisms and weak government agencies, the new framework of activities will build upon the ongoing project “Fair Market Conditions for Competitiveness in the Adriatic Region” and address specific shortcomings as identified in the OECD Competitiveness Outlook 2021.

To continue and scale up pilot initiatives of the Collective Action Community, the collaboration now moves into a new phase with a stronger focus on knowledge exchange and aims to deepen and expand alignment with local NGOs while introducing new OECD tools and practices deemed most relevant in the process of improving market conditions. With the purpose to further strengthen local ownership, the project will focus on building capacities of the Competition and Anti-Corruption agencies in addition to supporting the creation of Business Ombudsman mechanisms.

To ensure a tangible and lasting change, policy makers, businesses, civil society and academia in Serbia will target the following objectives:

  • Raise awareness of OECD standards and good practices of anti-corruption, integrity and fair competition for competitiveness with governments, business and civil society;
  • Build capacity and foster the implementation of concrete OECD recommendations with regard to the transparency and efficiency of anti-corruption and competition authorities;
  • Promote the latest knowledge on international standards and practices in the area of anti-corruption and integrity for competitiveness in academic curricula;
  • Promote High Level Reporting Mechanism.

 

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South Africa

In the continuation of the close partnership between South Africa and the OECD, this project will seek to support further reforms on SOEs and broader anti-corruption strategies for South African public officials, corporations and other relevant stakeholders in the private sector and academia. The OECD will also help raise awareness of principles and best practices on integrity and foster business integrity in strategic sectors through the creation of a Collective Action community. Raise awareness about OECD standards and good practices of anti-corruption, integrity and fair competition for competitiveness with governments, business and civil society.

More generally, this project aims to:

  • Raise awareness about OECD standards and good practices of anticorruption, integrity and fair competition for competitiveness with governments, business and civil society;
  • Build capacity and foster the implementation of concrete policy recommendations with regard to the transparency and efficiency of anti-corruption and competition authorities;
  • Promote the latest knowledge on international standards and practices in the area of anti-corruption and integrity for competitiveness in academic curricula.

 

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Uzbekistan

Since 2017, the government of Uzbekistan has been pursuing a reform programme aimed at opening up markets and increasing the contribution of the private sector to economic development. However, OECD evidence shows that shortcomings remain in the competition environment. In particular the lack of implementation of clear rules, and the excessive state presence in the economy lead to unfair market conditions with state-owned enterprises (SOEs), as identified in the OECD Improving the Legal Environment for Business in Central Asia report.

Accordingly, Uzbekistan has embarked with the OECD Eurasia Competitiveness Programme in an ambitious Collective Action approach to enhance competitiveness and integrity in a sustainable and inclusive way. Focus will be set on enhancing the exposure of the country to the global community on competition policies, laws and practices.

More specifically, the project will:

  • Raise awareness of OECD standards and good practices of anti-corruption, integrity and fair competition for competitiveness with governments, business and civil society;
  • Build capacity of and foster the implementation by the government of concrete OECD recommendations with regard to the transparency and efficiency of anti-corruption and competition authorities, and improve corporate governance standards in Uzbekistan.

 

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Events & Highlights

 

Croatia Workshop on Competition Policy and Fighting Bid Rigging in Public Procurement
10 November 2023

Serbia Workshop on Competition Policy
8 November 2023

South Africa Second Collective Action roundtable
19 September 2023
 

South Africa Second Workshop with tertiary institutions
18 September 2023

Serbia and Croatia Collective Action Meeting on Strengthening Compliance Mechanisms in SOEs
13 September 2023

Uzbekistan Second Workshop on Bid Rigging in Public Procurement
14 - 16 March 2023

Algeria Second Collective Action roundtable and first workshop on HLRM
14 March 2023

Algeria Workshop with tertiary institutions
13 March 2023

Uzbekistan Second Collective Action Roundtable
13 March 2023

Serbia Collective Action Meeting in Support of Fair Market Conditions for Competitiveness
22 November 2022

Croatia, Collective Action Meeting in Support of Fair Market Conditions for Competitiveness
16 November 2022

South Africa Roundtable
24 May 2022 

South Africa Workshop
23 May 2022

Algeria Collective Action Roundtable
29 March 2022

Uzbekistan Kick-Off Event
23 February 2022

Algeria Kick-Off Event
24 January

Croatia Kick-Off Event
9 December 2021

Serbia Kick-Off Event
9 December 2021

Global Kick-Off Event
25 November 2021 

 

 

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