OECD, gov’t hold joint conference in J'lem

By NADAV SHEMER
June 29, 2011 06:53

"The Israeli government has adopted a policy of struggling to reduce bureaucracy,” Prime Minister’s Office director-general says.

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OECD Sec.-Gen. Angel Gurria at cabinet meeting

OECD Sec.-Gen. Angel Gurria cabinet meeting 311. (photo credit: Pool)

The first ever Israeli government-OECD conference kicked off in Jerusalem on Tuesday, with participants discussing how Israel can reduce bureaucracy and improve service and regulation.

The three-day conference is the first of its kind being held in Israel since the country was accepted last year into the 34- nation Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, the supranational body for developed economies.

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“The Israeli government has adopted a policy of struggling to reduce bureaucracy,” Prime Minister’s Office director-general Eyal Gabbai told the conference Tuesday. “This is no mere theoretical issue but is seeing the implementation of genuine measures, the goal of which is to improve services and regulation for the people.”

He said Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s government has implemented its policy with various reforms, including restructuring the Israel Lands Authority, reducing bureaucratic barriers to doing business, Government Services Minister Michael Eitan’s initiative to improve services to the public and the PMO’s efforts to improve efficiency in various ministries’ working plans.

During the conference, which is being held at the Foreign Ministry, senior Israeli officials, including ministry directors- general, will meet with OECD and foreign government experts, including OECD Deputy Secretary-General and former Dutch social affairs and employment minister Aart de Geus and Estonian State Secretary Heiki Loot.

Netanyahu is scheduled to attend Wednesday’s summary discussion, along with Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz, Justice Minister Yaakov Neeman, Industry, Trade and Labor Minister Shalom Simhon, National Infrastructures Minister Uzi Landau, Religious Services Minister Ya’acov Margi and Eitan.


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