SIGMA Ministerial Conference: Good Public Governance Delivering for Citizens and Businesses

 

 
 

This high-level conference took place on 13-14 December 2017 at the OECD in Paris, and was jointly hosted with the European Commission (EC). The conference was held to support the greater emphasis placed by the European Union (EU) on the importance of public administration reform and public financial management for its 18 partners from  the EU Accession candidate countries and potential candidates, and Neighbourhood countries. In addition, 2017 is the 25th anniversary of SIGMA and the event reflected this successful partnership between the EU and OECD.

The conference provided a platform to reinforce the usefulness of the Principles of Public Administration for planning and delivering priority reforms and to discuss links between a professional public administration, effective financial management and economic development, as well as challenges for reforms and government priorities, based on the three pillars of public governance, economic development and rule of law, and how the three together make a difference to people’s lives and to the development of societies.

Mari Kiviniemi, Deputy Secretary-General of the OECD, and Jean-Eric Paquet, Deputy Secretary-General of the EC, gave the opening speeches and there were interventions from ministers from each of the regions.

Agenda in English I Agenda in French I List of participants I Group photo All photos: OECD/Andrew Wheeler I Artwork

 

Official opening reception

 

The official opening reception was held on
13 December in the George Marshall and Roger Ockrent rooms at the OECD Ch√Ęteau.

 

Speakers:
Mari Kiviniemi, Deputy Secretary-General, OECD
Rupert Schlegelmilch, Ambassador of the European Union Delegation to the OECD
Michelle d’Auray, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Canada to the OECD
Irena Sodin, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Slovenia to the OECD

         

Conference opening

 

The official opening session of the conference: videos of the speeches.

 

Speakers:
Marcos Bonturi, Director, Public Governance Directorate, OECD
Mari Kiviniemi, Deputy Secretary-General, OECD
Jean-Eric Paquet, Deputy Secretary-General, EC

         

Plenary Session 1

 

How should public administrations transform to deliver for citizens in challenging times?

 

Keynote speaker: Marco Steinberg, Founder of Snowcone & Haystack
Moderator: Edwin Lau, Head of Division, Reform of the Public Sector, Public Governance Directorate, OECD

         

Plenary Session 2

 

How does public governance make a difference for long-term economic development?

 

Keynote speaker: Jan Walliser, Vice President, Equitable Growth, Finance and Institutions, World Bank
Moderator: Christian Kastrop, Director of the Policy Studies Branch, Economics Department, OECD

         

Talk 1

 

How to make citizen engagement part of governance reforms?

 

Keynote speaker: Alberto Alemanno, Founder and Director, The Good Lobby (NGO); Jean Monnet Professor of EU Law, HEC/NYU
Moderator: Alastair Swarbrick, Senior Adviser, SIGMA, OECD

         

Roundtable 1

 

 

Supporting structural economic reforms through good public governance.

 

Speakers:
Christian Kastrop, Director of the Policy Studies Branch, Economics Department, OECD
Katarína Mathernová, Deputy Director General, Directorate-General for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations, EC
Moderator: Klas Klaas, Senior Adviser, SIGMA, OECD

         

Roundtable 2

 

Creating a competitive and business-friendly environment through better public services

 

Speakers:
Edwin Lau, Head of Division, Reform of the Public Sector, Public Governance Directorate, OECD
Pia Gjellerup, Director, Danish National Centre for Public Sector Innovation
Moderator: Peter Vági, Senior Adviser, SIGMA, OECD

         

Roundtable 3

 

Developing a transparent, predictable and accountable approach in public governance to contribute to the rule of law in practice

 

Speakers:
Sylwia Spurek, Deputy Human Rights Commissioner for Equal Treatment, Poland
Calliope Spanou, Professor of Public Administration at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens; former Ombudsman of Greece
Moderator: Lech Marcinkowski, Senior Adviser, SIGMA, OECD

         

Talk 2

 

Why is the rule of law important for citizens and businesses?

 

Keynote speaker: Gianni Buquicchio, President of the Venice Commission, Council of Europe 
Moderator: Bianca Brétéché, Senior Adviser, SIGMA, OECD

         

Closing session

 

The official closing session of the conference: videos of the speeches.

 

Speakers:
Bernard Brunet, Head of Unit, Directorate-General for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations, EC
Karen Hill, Head of the SIGMA Programme
Moderator: Zsolt Szelecki, SIGMA expert

 

  

 

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