Conference On Building An Effective And Transparent Public sector In Latin America



  • 11-12 July 2011


  • Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Room “José María Morelos y Pavón”)
    Avenida Juárez #20
    Col. Centro 06010,
    México, DF

Description and preliminary programme:

The OECD and the Ministry of Public Administration of Mexico are co-organising a two-day conference devoted to trends in and the main challenges of public sector reform and modernisation in OECD and Latin American countries.

This event will provide a forum for policy dialogue and exchange of best practices about the design and implemention of public sector reforms in times of fiscal consolidation in the context of Latin America. Anti-corruption strategies will be addressed in the framework of good governance. The results of the OECD Public Management Review of Mexico and its achievements related to e-government, civil service reform, and simplification of regulations inside government (RIG) will be presented on the first day in a broader, comparative perspective. Implementing reform in Latin America in the pursuit of social and economic objectives is the theme of the second day.

The audience will include senior and middle management public servants from Mexico and other Latin American countries, and officials from OECD member countries. Academics, public opinion leaders, think-tanks, and business representatives are also expected to be part of the audience.

Monday 11 July

8.00 – 9.00


9.00 – 10.00

Opening ceremony

This session will set public sector reform in the context of the aftermath of the crisis and the fiscal consolidation processes taking place in many OECD and Latin American countries. The policies implemented in Mexico will help to support discussions, as well as the international experience in each of the three themes addressed by the Public Management Review.

  • Salvador Vega Casillas, Minister of Public Administration (Mexico)
  • Aart de Geus, Deputy Secretary General of the OECD
  • Felipe Calderón Hinojosa, President of Mexico
  • Patricia Espinosa Cantellano, Minister of Foreign Affairs (Mexico)
  • Bruno Ferrari García de Alba, Minister of Economy (Mexico)


Coffee break

11.00 –12.30

Simplification of regulation inside government: Towards a pro-active and innovative government

In Mexico and many other (Latin American) countries, the norms that regulate the behaviour of public servants have concentrated on eliminating opportunities for corruption and closing legal loopholes. This has led to an extremely rigid system of rules that hinder innovation in the public sector and, hence, render institutions less effective. Complexity and unnecessary or burdensome rules and reporting requirements lead to frustration and wasted resources. The issue has been identified as a priority by several OECD member countries, but the international experience with reviewing RIG is still emerging. This session will discuss the main features of this international experience and the key contributions of Mexico’s Base Cero review.


  • Ángel Gurría, Secretary-General of the OECD videoconference
  • Josef Konvitz, Head of the Regulatory Policy Division (OECD)
  • Corinne Charette, Chief Information Officer (Canada)
  • Salvador Vega Casillas, Minister of Public Administration (Mexico)

Moderator: Laura Alfaro Maykall, Minister of National Planning and Political Economy (Costa Rica)


Coffee break

13.00 –14.30

Leveraging E-Government: New solutions to old challenges

Governments need to maximise the impact of the policy tools available to design and implement public sector reforms needed to make them more strategically efficient, open, responsive, innovative, and agile. E-government is appreciated by OECD member countries as a critical element of the changes ahead of public sector reformers and the key question for all of them is how to ensure the constant optimisation of the use of ICTs within the public sector, and in the interaction with citizens and businesses, to face new and old challenges and to achieve targeted results. Mexico has a long-standing commitment, across different administrations, to best use ICTs to support public sector reforms and foster good governance through improved transparency, quality and efficiency of government, and to continually innovate and improve government operations to meet citizens’ needs. This session will debate relevant international experiences and recent developments of e-government projects and policies on the basis of the Mexican reforms.


  • Barbara-Chiara Ubaldi, E-Government Policy Analyst (OECD)
  • José Clastornik, Executive Director of AGESIC, Presidency (Uruguay)
  • Carlos Viniegra, Head of the Digital Government Unit, Ministry of Public Administration (Mexico)
  • David McClure, Associate Administrator Citizen Services and Innovative Technologies, General Services Administration (United States)
  • Hyup Kang, Vice-President of the National Information Society Agency (Korea)

Moderator: Andrés Hofmann, Director of Política Digital Magazine (Mexico)


Lunch break


Professionalising public servants: Towards a dynamic and fairer management of the public workforce

The success or failure of public administration reform to achieve the government’s aims depends greatly on improvements in the broader environment in which bureaucracy operates. A well-functioning civil service helps to foster good policy-making and implementation, effective service delivery, accountability and responsibility in the use of public resources which are the characteristics of good governance. This session will focus on how to consolidate a professional career service as a strategic reform partner and tool of government.


  • Mario Marcel, Deputy Director, Public Governance and Territorial Development (OECD)
  • Raúl Arceo, Head of Human Resources Unit, Ministry of Public Administration (Mexico)
  • Julio Camarena, Senior Administration Officer, Ministry of International Affairs (Mexico)
  • Philippe Vermeulen, General Adviser at FPS P&O (Belgium)
  • Carlos Williamson, Director of Civil Service (Chile)

Moderator: Ramón Ventura Camejo, Minister of Public Administration (Dominican Republic)


Closing ceremony

This session will provide a forum to discuss how to deepen public sector reform to address major public policy challenges in Mexico and Latin America, such as poverty reduction, infrastructure development, rule of law, and public service delivery. Public sector improvements should not take the form of one-off reforms; continuity is crucial to reap their benefits.

  • Aart de Geus, Deputy Secretary General of the OECD
  • Rogelio Carbajal Tejada, Vice Minister of Public Administration (Mexico)

Moderator: Javier González, Head of the Government Management and Performance Evaluation Unit, Ministry of Public Administration (Mexico)

Tuesday 12 July


Second day opening session

  • Enrique Iglesias, Secretary-General of the Iberoamerican Secretary (SEGIB) (message – video)
  • Rogelio Granguillhome, Head of the Economic Relations and International Cooperation Unit, Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Mexico)
  • Joel Salas, Head of the Transparency Policies and International Cooperation Unit, Ministry of Public Administration (Mexico)


Achieving coordination to make reform happen

A whole-of-government approach is needed to understand the behavioural changes required and the incentives available, both formal and informal, to achieve public sector reform. Effective and efficient policymaking is not the responsibility of a single institution but emerges from the interaction of several – truly a governance approach in action. This requires coordination and co-operation between the different institutions involved. Developing consistency calls for a normative framework, planning, evaluation, oversight, and control. This session will discuss best practices in adopting a “whole of government approach” and facilitating coordination and consistency between public institutions.


  • Elena Tejera, Director of the National Civil Service Office of the Presidency of the Republic (Uruguay)
  • María del Rocío Ruiz, Vice-President National Institute of Statistic and Geography (Mexico)
  • Carlos Montaño, Vice Minister for Expenditures, Ministry of Finance and Public Credit (Mexico)
  • Uriel Marquez, Head of the Policy Management Improvement Unit, Ministry of Public Administration (Mexico)

Moderator: Aart de Geus, Deputy Secretary General of the OECD


Coffee Break


A high performing public sector: implications for growth and social development

Good government represents a positive factor for economic growth and competitiveness, as well as to endow policies with effectiveness to address urgent problems. A functioning government matters for development. A professional workforce, with clear rules to carry out its functions in an efficient and honest environment, and incorporating state-of-the-art technologies, will be better suited to tackle the challenge to do more with less and, at the same time, address the demand for more and better public services. This session will discuss evidence from different countries supporting the idea that good government matters for economic and social development.


  • Dionisio Borda, Ministry of Finance (Paraguay)
  • Gerardo Rodríguez Regordosa, Undersecretary of Finance and Public Credit (Mexico)

Moderator: José Antonio Ardavín, Director of OECD-Mexico Center


Coffee Break

13.00 –14.30

Extending public sector reform: implications for sub-national governments

Managing relations between different levels of government is crucial, as governments have to do more with less. The benefits of public sector reform are magnified when improvements take place not only at the central level, but also at the sub-national layers. In fact, provincial and local governments play a significant role in public service delivery and policy implementation in OECD countries. This session will address how Latin American countries, including Mexico, have created incentives for sub-national governments to ride the wave of reform.


  • Salvador Vega Casillas, Minister of Public Administration (Mexico)
  • Silvia Listgarten, Vice Minister of General Coordination for Public Policies, Government of Minas Gerais (Brazil)
  • Guillermo Padrés Elías, Governor of Sonora (Mexico)
  • Blanca Ruth Esponda, General Coordinator of Staff, State Government of Chiapas (Mexico)
  • José Calzada Rovirosa, Governor of Queretaro (Mexico)

Moderator: Agustin Garcia – Lopez, Mexico's Ambassador to the OECD


Lunch break

16.30 –18.30

Sustaining public sector reform: evaluation, transparency and communication

Monitoring and evaluating reform is needed to build on good practices and correct deviations, as well as to facilitate implementation. When possible, evaluation should include standard quantitative methodologies and technical criteria. In addition, monitoring and evaluation allow communicating the results of reform to the general public and, in so doing, building “reform constituencies”. This session will concentrate on discussing how Latin American countries, including Mexico, have done to evaluate and communicate public sector reform, creating incentives to sustain it.


  • Lilian Susana Soto Badaui, Minister Executive Secretary, Ministry of Public Administration (Paraguay)
  • Jacqueline Peschard, President Commissioner, Federal Institute for Access to Public Information (Mexico)
  • José Antonio Torre, Vice Minister of Competitiveness and Regulation, Ministry of Economy (Mexico)
  • Nilda Rojas Bolivar, Public Management Secretary, Presidency of the Ministry Council (Peru)

Moderator: José Roberto Zacapa, Secretary General and Manager of Legal Affairs, Ministry of the Secretary of Presidency (Honduras)


Concluding remarks

This closing session will provide the opportunity to review the conclusions from the different panels and stress the importance of applying a whole of government approach that not only includes the central government, but also sub-national ones. The benefits from such an extension of reforms will be highlighted.

  • Rogelio Carbajal Tejada, Vice Minister of Public Administration
  • Aart de Geus, Deputy Secretary General of the OECD

Moderator: Javier González, Head of the Government Management and Performance Evaluation Unit, Ministry of Public Administration (Mexico)

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