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Agenda, The Principles of Public Administration for ENP countries, Jordan 10 May 2016

Agenda of the conference The Principles of Public Administration: A framework for ENP countries. The event was co-organised by SIGMA with the Jordanian Ministry of Planning and International Cooperation and the EU, it took place at the Dead Sea, Jordan 10 May 2016.
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  • 1. 2 Rue André Pascal 75775 Paris Cedex 16 France Tel: +33 (0) 1 45 24 82 00 Fax: +33 (0) 1 45 24 13 05 This document has been produced with the financial assistance of the European Union. It should not be reported as representing the official views of the EU, the OECD or its member countries, or of beneficiaries participating in the SIGMA Programme. The opinions expressed and arguments employed are those of the authors. This document and any map included herein are without prejudice to the status of or sovereignty over any territory, to the delimitation of international frontiers and boundaries and to the name of any territory, city or area. Regional Conference for European Neighbourhood Countries AGENDA The Principles of Public Administration: A Framework for ENP Countries Dead Sea, Jordan Tuesday, 10 May 2016
  • 2. 2 Objectives of the conference The conference is intended to provide a platform for discussions with senior country representatives about how the European Commission (EC), together with OECD/SIGMA, can better support their public administration reforms based on two main objectives: • To highlight the importance of an efficient, accountable, effective and transparent public administration within the wider economic and social development agendas of the European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP) countries; • To present the Principles of Public Administration: A Framework for the ENP Countries and explain how they can be used to design and implement reforms, as well as to evaluate progress over time. Context The review of the European Neighbourhood Policy in November 2015 outlined that an accountable public administration, both at central and local levels, is key to democratic governance, as well as inclusive economic and social development. Reforming the public administration is important for governments to reach their policy objectives. Such reform includes strengthening democratic and independent institutions; depoliticising the civil service, developing e-Government and increasing institutional capacity and accountability. The European Union (EU) also offers to provide assistance for strengthening partners' capacities in policy development, service delivery and management of public finances, and to support the work of national parliaments. Since 2014, the EC has defined public administration reform (PAR) comprehensively according to six core areas: 1) the strategic framework for public administration reform 2) policy development and co-ordination 3) public service and human resource management 4) accountability 5) service delivery 6) public financial management. OECD/SIGMA, in close co-operation with the EC, has defined in detail each of these six core areas in The Principles of Public Administration: A Framework for the ENP Countries. These Principles aim to support the national authorities, the Commission services and other donors to develop a shared understanding of what PAR entails and
  • 3. 3 what countries could aim at with their administrative reforms, whether through comprehensive PAR programmes or only in one of the core areas of PAR. The Principles are also relevant in those countries where a comprehensive reform is not yet feasible, but where certain aspects of PAR could be addressed through sectoral programmes. The conference aims to bring together representatives from central management institutions with responsibility in public administration reforms from Algeria, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Egypt, Georgia, Jordan, Lebanon, Moldova, Morocco, Tunisia and Ukraine, as well as the Palestinian Authority1 and Belarus as observer countries. Representatives of the EU and the OECD will also take part in the event. Format The conference will allow all participants to discuss key elements of PAR and compare national and regional experiences of strengthening the public administration, with the aim of supporting social and economic development. It will also offer the possibility for participants to discuss The Principles of Public Administration: A Framework for the ENP Countries. Participants are encouraged to share their experience and participate in the discussions. Speaking languages for the opening session will be Arabic and English. For the country sessions, French and Russian simultaneous interpretation will be available. The conference will be co-chaired by the Jordanian Ministry of Planning and International Cooperation, the EC and OECD/SIGMA. 1 Footnote by the European External Action Service and the European Commission: this designation shall not be construed as recognition of a State of Palestine and is without prejudice to the individual positions of the European Union Member States on this issue.
  • 4. 4 AGENDA 09:00-09:30 Registration and welcome coffee Opening session 09:30-09:45 Welcome and opening of the conference Minister Imad Najib Fakhoury Minister of Planning and International Co-operation, Jordan 09:45-10:00 The European Neighbourhood Policy and public administration reform Michael Koehler, Director for the Neighbourhood South, European Commission 10:00-10:15 Governance for inclusive growth – challenges for OECD and non-OECD countries Luiz de Mello, Deputy Director, Directorate for Public Governance and Territorial Development, OECD 10:15-11:00 Supporting public administration reform in ENP countries Karen Hill, Head of the SIGMA Programme and Tour de Table 11:00-11:30 Coffee break Presentation session 11:30-12:00 The Principles of Public Administration: A Framework for ENP Countries Bianca Brétéché, Regional Liaison ENP South and Keit Kasemets, Expert, SIGMA 12:00-12:30 Discussion 12:30-14:00 Lunch break
  • 5. 5 Country session 14:00-15:00 Designing and co-ordinating public administration reforms in line with socio-economic development agendas (moderated panel discussion) Panellists: 6 country representatives, 1 European Commission representative The discussion will be opened to all participants 15:00-15:30 Coffee break 15:30-16:30 Implementing and monitoring public administration reforms (moderated panel discussion) Panellists: 5 country representatives, 1 OECD representative The discussion will be opened to all participants Closing session 16:30-17:00 Closing remarks by the European Commission and OECD 17:00 Closing of conference by a representative of Jordan 18:30-21:00 Dinner hosted by the Jordanian Ministry of Planning and International Cooperation
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