Meeting of the Working Group I on Civil Service and Integrity - 18 April 2016


18 April 2016, OECD Headquarters, Paris 

The MENA-OECD Working Group on Civil Service and Integrity met on 18 April 2016 in Paris, France in the context of the 2016 OECD Integrity Week. Chaired by Morocco, Spain and Turkey, the Working Group brings together policy practitioners from MENA and OECD countries to engage in promoting integrity and preventing corruption. It is the leading network to promote a regional dialogue to exchange best practices in the area of civil service reform for integrity, innovative anti-corruption policies and institutions.

Building on a decade-long experience and aligned with the Sustainable Development Goals, the MENA-OECD Governance Programme received a new mandate for 2016-2020 to leverage the power of the regional networks and provide implementation assistance in critical areas such as integrity and fighting corruption. Delivering on the new mandate, this Working Group meeting focused on the key elements for a regional report on internal control and risk management as levers to enhance integrity and tackle corruption in the Middle East and North Africa.
This meeting resulted in:

  • Fostering the regional dialogue over the key contribution of a robust internal control system as a tool to fight corruption and fraud, and reinforce public sector integrity ;
  • Creating a platform where MENA and OECD countries can share experiences mainstreaming and integrating risk management and internal control processes into day-to-day activities to foster integrity and build more resilient institutions ;
  • Identifying the linkages between internal control, risk management & good and accountable governance ;
  • Taking stock of existing risk management and control frameworks in MENA countries, in order to enrich the regional dialogue and analytical work conducted by the OECD.

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Who attended

The meeting was opened by OECD Deputy Secretary General Douglas FRANTZ and the two-Co-Chairs of the MENA-OECD Initiative on Governance and Competitiveness for Development:

  • H.E. Mr. Kamel AYADI, Minister of Civil Service, Governance and Anti-Corruption, Tunisia & Co-Chair of the MENA-OECD Governance Programme 
  • H.E. Ms. Annika MARKOVIC, Ambassador, Permanent Representative to the OECD, Sweden & Co-chair of the MENA-OECD Competitiveness Programme.

It was attended by control, audit and anti-corruption policy-makers and experts from MENA and OECD countries, as well as representatives of partner organisations, such as UNDP’s Arab Anti-Corruption and Integrity Network (ACINET).
Participating countries included Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Oman, Palestinian Authority, Qatar and Tunisia with experts from a wide range of public entities such as State Audit Institutions, Anti-Corruption Commissions, Inspectorate Bodies, Ministries of Public Administration, Finance and Budget. The regional dialogues was supported through the input of high level international peers and experts from Germany, France, The Netherlands, Mexico, Chile, US while Tunisia presented the results of its recent collaboration with the OECD on internal control and audit.

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