Seminar “Making Life Easier for Citizens and Businesses – Administrative Simplification Strategies in MENA and OECD Countries”


Budapest, Hungary, 14-15 February 2012



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Administrative simplification has been identified as a key policy area in MENA to create a business-enabling environment and implement good, less burdensome regulations for citizens and businesses. The seminar “Making Life Easier for Citizens and Businesses – Administrative Simplification Strategies in MENA and OECD Countries”, jointly organised by the MENA-OECD Governance Programme and the Ministry of Public Administration and Justice of Hungary, aimed to facilitate the implementation of administrative simplification strategies in MENA countries and to deepen the knowledge about tools to streamline procedures, render regulations more effective and include citizens and businesses in consultation processes.


The seminar took place in Budapest on 14-15 February 2012 and brought together over 40 high-level participants from 16 MENA and OECD countries. The meeting, opened by the Hungarian Government Commissioner Andras Levente Gal, was chaired by Tunisia, Italy and France as chair and co-chairs of the MENA-OECD Working Group IV.




The discussions reaffirmed the high relevance of administrative simplification in terms of increasing transparency, inclusive policy-making and fighting corruption in MENA.
Delegates underlined the vital role of administrative simplification for building trust in government capacities to achieve its socio-economic objectives, enhancing democratic processes and responding to the basic needs of citizens and businesses in the MENA region.
Delegates discussed the use of the OECD recommendations on administrative simplification, tools to involve stakeholders, quantify and qualify administrative burdens and coordinate these strategies with e-government.


Based on the discussions, delegates encouraged the OECD Secretariat to further engage in thorough policy analysis, data collection and capacity building in the MENA region to support the implementation of administrative simplification programmes.




Agenda (English

List of Participants pdf




14 February


Opening Session

  • Mr András Levente Gál, Government Commissioner for Cooperation in the Implementation of the Good State Development Concept, Hungary (English- pdf)  (Hungarian- pdf)

Session 1. International Practices in Administrative Simplification: The Design and Implementation of Simplification Programmes

  • Mr Azzeddine Diouri, General Secretary, Ministry of the Modernisation of the Public Sector, Morocco (English-  pdf) (Arabic- pdf)
  • Ms Shagufta Ahmed, Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Office of Management and Budget, USA (English-  pdf) 
  • Mr Fares Bessrour, Managing Director of Reform and Prospective Administrative Studies, Premier Ministry, Tunisia (English-  pdf) 
  • Mr Balázs Szepesi, Head of Secretariat, State Secretariat for Parliamentary and Strategic Affairs, Ministry for National Economy, Hungary (English-  pdf) 

Session 2: Measuring Administrative Burdens: Tools and Techniques

  • Mr Nick Malyshev, Head of the Regulatory Policy Division, Public Governance and Territorial Development Directorate, OECD (English-  pdf)
  • Mr Brian Huijts, Directorate of Regulatory Management and ICT Policy, Ministry of Economic Affairs, Agriculture and Innovation, The Netherlands (English-  pdf)
  • Mr Charles-Henri Montin, co-chair of the MENA-OECD Working Group IV and Senior Regulatory Adviser, Ministry of Economy, Finance and Industry, France (English-  pdf)
  • Ms Eszter Balint, Economic Policy Department, Ministry for National Economy, Hungary (English-  pdf)


Session 3: Integrating ICT tools into the Administrative Simplification Programme

  • Ms Amani Essawi, Minister’s Advisor for International Relations, Ministry of State for Administrative Development, Egypt (English-  pdf)
  • Mr Imad Mansour, Senior Specialist, E-government Program Unit, Office of the Minister of State for Administrative Reform, Lebanon (English-  pdf)


15 February


Public Consultation in the Administrative Simplification Programme

  • Ms Mehla Mint Ahmed, President ACP, Mauritania (English-  pdf)
  • Ms Martina Hampel, National Regulatory Control Council (Normenkontrollrat), Federal Chancellery, Germany (English-  pdf)


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