Fiscal federalism network

Annual meeting of the OECD network on fiscal relations



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  13th Annual Meeting of the
  OECD Network on Fiscal Relations across Levels of Goverment
  Including a Joint Seminar with the Inclusive Growth Initiative
  23-24 November 2017
Opening Junghun Kim, Chair of the Fiscal Network
Introductory Remarks Gabriela Ramos, OECD Chief of Staff and G20 Sherpa
Session 1. Part A "Globalisation, Decentralisation and Inclusive Growth" (Joint)
  Globalisation is a powerful force that can create large economic gains, but it also exposes economies to shocks that can result in both winners and losers. Increasing attention must be placed on how centralisation and decentralisation of fiscal and other policies can better respond to globalisation, in light of sluggish growth and rising inequality in many countries.
  Keynote speaker: Robin Boadway, Professor Emeritus, Queen's University, Canada
Presentation Decentralisation in a Globalised World: Consequences and Opportunities (Robin Boadway)
Session 1. Part B "Globalisation, Decentralisation and Inclusive Growth" (Joint)
Presentation  Opening Speaker: Delegate from the Netherlands, on lessons from a new report on "Considering difference in fiscal relations"
Presentation  Secretariat introduction on globalisation, decentralisation and inclusive growth (Sean Dougherty, OECD) 

Presentation  Panel: Robin Boadway, (Queen's University, Canada); Teresa Ter-Minassian (former Director of Fiscal Affairs, IMF); Daniel Plaatjies (Chairperson of the Financial and Fiscal Commission, South Africa); Geert de Joode (Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom Relations, the Netherlands).
Session 2 The Governance of Sub-National Administrations
  The success of multilevel governance reforms has sometimes been uncertain, although evidence is now accumulating. What trends can be observed in the way political, administrative, and fiscal responsibilities are assigned across sub-central governments? How do countries manage shared responsibilities, and asymmetric arrangements? What special challenges exist for countries engaging in new reforms?
Presentation Secretariat introduction on assignment of responsibilities across levels of government (Dorothee Allain-Dupré, OECD)

Fiscal Network "tour de table": all participants are invited to make interventions of up to five minutes about reforms and difficulties in fiscal relations in their administrations. The Brazilian Treasury Secretary will lead off the round-robin.

Reforms and difficulties in fiscal relations in a context of multilevel governance reforms - Federal Public Service Finance - Belgium

Health, social services and regional government reform - Finland

Assigning responsibilities across levels of government - Spain

Current Reforms in Fiscal Relations in Switzerland -  Federal Finance Administration - Switzerland

Presentation Secretariat overview on the evolution of sub-national tax autonomy in the OECD (Michelle Harding, OECD).
Presentation Highlights from the OECD/UCLG study on sub-national governments around the world (Isabelle Chatry, OECD). 
Session 3 Making Local Public Service Delivery more Productive
  Public sector productivity has a significant impact on the performance of economies. At the same time, decentralisation of government often results in sub-national governments being responsible for the delivery of key government services. Benchmarking and performance systems can offer central governments an important tool to promote competition and encourage diffusion of best practices.
Presentation Secretariat presentation on sub-national public service monitoring and productivity (Leah Phillips, OECD)

Opening speakers:

Measuring productivity and effectiveness of local governments in Denmark - delegate from Denmark

Making local public service delivery more productive - delegate from Australia

 Secretariat overview of prospective sectoral studies on health and education services (Sean Dougherty, OECD).
Session 4 Avoiding "Another Detroit"? Bankruptcy Frameworks at the Sub-National Level
  High indebtedness of sub-national governments can lead to serious perils, including bankruptcy or insolvency. At times, sub-national debt has undermined the provision of essential public services. Infrastructure financing and public investment may be impaired, also damaging long-term growth. Insolvency frameworks can provide rules to resolve unsustainable borrowing in an orderly and prompt way.
Presentation Secretariat introduction on sub-national insolvency frameworks (Katharina Herold, secondee to OECD from German Ministry of Finance)

Opening speakers: Kevyn Orr, will share his experiences as former Emergency Caretaker of Detroit, followed by the delegate from Brazil who will share their experiences with state-level insolvency.

Fiscal Recovery Regime - National Treasury Secretary -  Brazil


Lead discussant: Teresa Ter-Minassian, former Director of Fiscal Affairs, IMF

Comments on the background paper on insolvency frameworks for subnational governments - (Teresa Ter-Minassian) 

Session 5 Fiscal Network Activities and Future Work
Presentation Proposed main themes for 2019-20 Programme of Work and Budget 
  Renewal of Fiscal Network Mandate next year - revisions, next steps and discussion.
  Update from the Chair: the upcoming 1st Roundtable of the Fiscal Network in Asia (Seoul, 18 19 Dec. 2017); Fifteenth Anniversary Fiscal Federalism Flagship Publication, with an expert workshop in 2018.