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Scott Jacobs was honored to participate in March 2015 in a CUTS workshop in New Delhi on regulatory impact assessment (RIA) in India. Here, Mr. Jacobs is with Pradeep Singh Mehta, Secretary-General, CUTS International. CUTS or Consumer Unity & Trust Society is one of the largest consumer groups in India.

On February 6th, 2015, Tigran Sukiasyan of JC&A provided a workshop on BEE reforms at the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Uzbekistan, with UNDP Uzbekistan and ministries. Dr. Alisher Shaykhov, Chairman of the Chamber, summarized the work in Uzbekistan to reduce administrative barriers for doing business.

Training to 34 ministerial units participating in the Regulatory Guillotine reform in Kyrgyzstan was delivered with JCA’s support at the OSCE Academy in Bishkek in March 2015. The inventory of legal acts, the first phase of the Regulatory Guillotine, is scheduled to start on March 11, 2015.

The government of Kyrgyzstan has launched the Regulatory GuillotineTM designed by JC&A. In January 2015, Cesar Cordova and Vedran Antoljak of SenseConsult visited Bishkek to provide technical input. This picture shows the conclusion of training on the eGuillotine software that is used to manage this large reform.

Scott Jacobs had the honor of lecturing for a week in November 2014 to Zambian government officials in Livingstone at an event hosted by the Cabinet Office and JTI. The topic: regulatory impact assessment in Zambian law. Despite the sadness at the passing of Zambian President MIchael Sata in midweek, the workshop was extremely well

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IFC, in collaboration with Switzerland’s SECO requested that JC&A assess two USD Investment Climate projects in Azerbaijan to build lessons and strategic recommendations immediately applicable to the on-going and expansion objectives of the current and future business enabling initiatives. We assessed the relevance, efficiency, sustainability and impacts of 22 key activities undertaken between September 2007

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Ecuador’s Secretaría Nacional de Planificación y Desarrollo (SENPLADES) asked JC&A to design and develop its National Action Plan together with guidelines of key regulatory tools involving administrative simplification, regulatory impact assessment (RIA), enforcement and inspection reform to improve the regulatory power and control of the State, and ensure that the rights of citizenship. The project

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Michael Griffin is assisting, in 2014, the Ministry of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining in Jamaica with the creation of a converged regulator for ICT by bringing together parts of the existing Spectrum Management Authority, the telecommunications functions of the Office of Utility Regulation and the spectrum related aspects of the Broadcasting Commission. The work

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Scott Jacobs was pleased to lecture in May 2014 at the Joseph von Sonnenfels Center for the Study of Public Law and Economics, Department of Economics, University of Vienna, in the program on law and economics organized by Wolfgang Weigel, Associate Professor of Economics, and one of the fathers of law and economics in Europe.

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JC&A was pleased to open its Latin American firm, Jacobs, Cordova & Asociados, in Mexico City this Fall. Jorge Velazquez Roa is heading up this new firm, which will offer regulatory reform services in Latin America. We now offer our services from offices in Washington, DC; Dublin; Mexico City, and Seoul.