Published on March 1, 2014
II. International Regulatory Reform Conference Enhancing Competitiveness in Western Balkans Berlin, November 17, 2008. Vedran Antoljak, Managing Director
Competitiveness is the key for growth Comparative concept of the ability and performance of a firm, sub-sector or country to sell and supply goods and/or services in a given market Leadership Innovation Education Regulations Export Administration Security Entrepreneurship Development Technology
Regulatory reform increases competitiveness Regulatory adjustments are lagging behind the dynamic changes of the business environment and development of the society Socio-economic dynamics Regulatory dynamics COMPETITIVENESS
Good regulatory reform needs active private-public partnership Creating public-private-partnership is crucial to appropriately increase a competitiveness levels of a country Public administration and regulators Private sector and business community
Clear and equal stakeholders’ standards ensure transparency Businesses and citizens (citizens) 67 Regulatory Bodies Business Advisory Council (ministries & agencies) (business community) RECOMMENDATIONS Government of Croatia
Communication strategy is esential to manage expectations Government Reporting Recommendations Special Unit for Regulatory bodies Stakeholders meetings/consultations • Ministries • Agencies • Independent regulators •… Working groups Business Advisory Council (BAC) Information, call-center WEB Members (companies) Info web Media Donors www.hitrorez.h r General Public
SCM was used to project impacts of reform Adjusted Standard Cost Model (SCM) calculations were used to project (ex-ante) impacts and set baseline for measuring ex-post reform impacts CA NC E L KE EP CH AN GE SCM calculation projected EUR 200 million administrative cost sacings for enterpreneurs and companies
Timely implementation increases reform impacts The “real” reform impact can be increased by timely implementation of regulatory reform changes Impacts of implemented reforms Projected impacts • Ex-post 2007-2008 • Ex-ante 2007-2009 • After 50% implementation • Estimated before adaption by the GoC and implementation • Administrative cost savings by October • Administrative cost savings based on 30% of recommended changes EUR 16.2 m EUR 200 m
Monitoring and evaluation shall maximize reform impacts Government monitoring through weekly reporting Private Sector monitoring and feedback system through Business Advisory Council Citizens monitoring and complains through existing mechanisms (e.g. web, media, etc,) International and donor monitoring through diverse reports
Reform is successful only if key success factors are activated TRANSPARENCY CHAMPION POLITICAL COMMITTMENT GOOD PREPARATIONS 10
Lessons learned – How to ensure maximum reform impacts • Be aware about the effort-ratio for sucess – 70% preparation / 30% implementation – Set reform milestones and deadlines before start • Ensure “real” commitment and strong support by the Government • Do not start reform without highest level Champion for it • Position Implementation Unit to be close to the Government • Reform transparency will ensure high levels of business community/civil society active engagement: ‒ Use of e-government solution ‒ One standard for all stakeholders • Use public relations and proactive communication to promote reform • Ensure implementatation dynamic and gov’s intervention (if nedded) • Use intermediate results to proactively promote further reform (e.g. IA) 11
Lessons learned – Financial/project management perspective Reform does pay-out! Total project cost is around 0.5% of projected (ex-ante) administrative cost savings to economy Croatian case: break-even was reached with implementation of 10 averaged recommendations 12
Contact Vedran Antoljak Managing Director Information and contact: E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org www.senseconsulting.eu
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