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Seminar on Strengthening Policy-Making Capacity in Latin America: What can be learned from the OECD?

 

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World Bank
Washington,DC
June 1-2, 2010

The Seminar on ‘Strengthening Policy-Making Capacity in Latin America: What can be learned from the OECD?’ was held on June 1-2, 2010 at the World Bank headquarters, organized by the Public Sector Unit for Latin America and the Caribbean Region with support from LACPREM’s front office and financed by the Spanish Trust Fund for Latin America and the Caribbean (SFLAC).

The main objective of the Seminar was to work towards finding practical methods by which Latin American governments, especially in middle-income countries, might improve their policy-making processes.

The Seminar was directed to high-level policy-makers and practitioners from Mexico, Colombia, Brazil, Chile, Argentina, Peru and Uruguay. Practitioners and experts from OECD countries, the Bank and other international organizations participated as speakers.

Click here for a summary note with the main outcomes of the Seminar

Agenda and all presentations are included below

 

Agenda 
During the two-day seminar, discussions were organized with initial general presentations by international organizations (World Bank and IDB) followed by the presentation of cases from selected OECD and Latin-American countries.

 

Day 1

Opening

 

Opening Remarks: Pamela Cox, Vice President, Latin America and the Caribbean Region, World Bank

Keynote Speaker: Barry Anderson, former Director of the Budgeting and Public Expenditures Unit (OECD) and former Congressional Budget Office Acting Director (US) 

Comments: Debbie Wetzel, Director, Public Sector and Governance, World Bank

 

Panel 1: The Policy Process in OECD countries. Common elements and challenges

Moderator: Edgardo Mosqueira, Sector Manager, Public Sector & Governance, Latin America and the Caribbean Region, World Bank

Presenter: Fernando Rojas, Lead Public Sector Specialist, Public Sector & Governance Group, Latin America and the Caribbean Region, World Bank 

Comments: Osvaldo Feinstein, Universidad Complutense de Madrid 

 

Panel 2: The Policy Process in the OECD. Policy Analysis in Whitehall Systems

Moderator: Prof. Harry Hatry, Urban Institute

Presenters: 

UK – Nick Manning, Leader, Public Sector Performance Global Experts Team, World Bank 

Australia - Peter Saunders, Division Chief, Department of Finance and Deregulation 

Canada - Karl Salgo, Director of Strategic Policy, Machinery of Government Secretariat, PCO

 

Panel 3: The Policy Process in the OECD. Policy Analysis in Presidential and
Civil Code Systems

Moderator: Bill Dorotinsky, Leader, Public Sector Performance Global Experts Team, and Sector Manager, Public Sector and Institutional Reform, Europe and Central Asia, World Bank

Presenters:  

United States – Prof. Ken Apfel, School of Public Policy, University of Maryland 

France – Prof. Pierre Kopp, University of Paris-Sorbonne 

Spain – Maria Luisa Carcedo, President, Spanish Evaluation Agency (AEVAL)

 

Day 2

Rapporteur:  Geoffrey Shepherd, Consultant, Public Sector & Governance, World Bank 

 

Panel 4: The Policy Process in Latin American countries. Common elements and challenges

 

Moderator: Edgardo Mosqueira, Sector Manager, Public Sector & Governance, Latin America and the Caribbean Region, World Bank

Presenter: Carlos Scartascini, Department of Research, IADB  

Comments: Eduardo Wiesner, Public Policy Expert, Colombia

 

Panel 5: Policy Making in Latin America: The Cases of Brazil and Mexico

Moderator: Nick Manning, Leader, Public Sector Performance Global Experts Team, World Bank

Presenters:  

Brazil - Francisco Gaetani, Executive Secretary, Ministry of Planning, Brazil 

Mexico – José Antonio González, Ministry of Finance, Mexico 

Comments: Eric Hershberg, Director, Latin American and Latino Studies, American University

 

Panel 6: The Policy-Making process in Chile

Moderator: Prof. Ignacio Irarrázaval, Catholic University of Chile

Presenters:  

Soledad Arellano, Undersecretary of Planning, Ministry of Planning, Chile 

Marco Enriquez-Ominami, former Congressman and presidential candidate

 

Panel 7: Policy Making in Latin America: Cases of Peru, Uruguay and Colombia

Moderator: Prof. Kathy Newcomer, George Washington University

Presenters: 

Peru – Miguel Castilla, Vice Minister, Ministry of Finance, Peru 

Uruguay – Pedro Buonomo, Under Secretary of Finance, Uruguay 

Colombia – Federico Restrepo, CEO of Empresas Publicas de Medellin, Colombia

 

ClosingClosing Remarks: Cheryl Gray, Director, Independent Evaluation Group (IEG), World Bank

Last updated: 2010-07-07




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