The Secretary for Political Affairs of the Organization of American States (OAS), Kevin Casas-Zamora, highlighted the importance of Effective Public Management in order to ensure democratic governance in the region.
The presentation took place at the International Seminar “Innovative Experiences in Effective Public Management and Regional Cooperation Strategies”, organized by the Department for Effective Public Management. Similarly, speakers from six (6) OAS Member States such as Canada, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Mexico and Jamaica presented their own innovative experiences in public management; along with representatives from international organizations such as the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), The Development Bank of Latin America (CAF) and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). In addition, eighteen (18) OAS Member States participated through representatives of their missions.
During the Seminar, efforts of the countries in the region regarding inter-institutional coordination, fiscal reform, updates on civil registry, e-government, strategic planning and access to public information, were presented.
In this regard, the need for establishing spaces for exchanging learning experiences that strengthen government, democratic governance and democracy, was stressed.
As well, States were invited to promote and implement mechanisms for horizontal and multilateral cooperation as a peer review process to analyze and replicate under conditions of equality, mutual respect and avoiding any interference, experiences in Effective Public Management.
Finally, the Secretariat for Political Affairs through the Department for Effective Public Management (DEPM) has elaborated a document related to the International Seminar, which comprises presentations and conclusions about the importance of an Effective Public Management in the region. To access this document, please click here.
1 - Effective public management contributes to the legitimacy of democratic governance.
2 - Different countries of the Americas have developed initiatives to reform their administrations, which need to be disseminated and shared.
That is the spirit of the seminar, and in that sense, I would like to highlight:
Throughout these participations, one can highlight the efforts being made to involve citizen participation, either in the evaluation of government performance or in the elaboration of development plans as well as public policies.
3 - Spaces to improve multilateral cooperation between organizations in effective public management exist.
4 - Opportunities for the creation of dialogue spaces that strengthen horizontal as well as multilateral cooperation between the countries of the Americas exist.
Maria Fernanda Trigo
Department for Effective Public Management
Secretariat for Political Affairs
Organization of American States