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.
“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.”
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.
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