As part of MCC program to the the Government of Tunisia (GoT) to reduce poverty through inclusive economic growth, JC&A was requested to provide due diligence support to assess the implementing consultancy’s deliverables in terms of “Regulatory Reform and Digitalization.” Concretely, the work consisted in appraising and recommending improvements in terms of findings, recommendations, and draft reports and presentations.
Over the course of the engagement, JC&A worked on the following activities:
Reviewed deliverables and other documents prepared by consultant firm related to Business Climate Modernization Project, Regulatory Reform and Digitalization, and provide feedback, assessments and recommendations regarding project design decisions, to be made utilizing MCC investment criteria.
Assessed a short-list of prioritized economic activities and related authorizations to be further assessed, eliminated or simplified during the program.
Assessed ongoing reform efforts in target sectors being undertaken by the GoT and donors and provide a technical opinion on the reforms.
Evaluated detailed projections on the expected impact of simplifying authorizations.
Assessed the consultancy’s recommend solutions for improving the RIA process, the web-based registry of laws, and broader re-engineering of business processes.
Assessed the program logic for the proposed intervention(s) and provide a technical opinion as to the strength of the explicit and implicit assumptions, the likelihood of success, and the sufficiency of the activities proposed to achieve the desired results.
Supported assessment of the economic benefits of potential projects, by providing relevant case studies or data and conducting literature reviews and country comparisons.
Assessed whether SMEs, micro-businesses, youth and women will be able to equally benefit from the proposed activities and propose modifications to project designs to ensure benefits can be delivered to these groups, both as employees and as entrepreneurs.
As part to the European Union´s Investment Climate Reform (ICR) Facility, Dr Cesar Cordova has been working on assisting governments of African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP) to mitigate the economic impacts of the COVID 19 Pandemic. The project comprises two components: the first one consisted in preparing and delivery an international webinar on possible measures governments can establish to mitigate the economic impacts caused by COVID 19. This webinar delivered in English and French in July 2020 was followed by more than 200 participants from ACP governments, think tanks and BMOs. Key issues discussed were: how can they carry out diagnostics on business environment and their readiness to better absorb the economic shocks of the crisis? How can reforming teams organize to diagnostic and design reforms to respond to the crisis? How to prioritize the right areas of business environment to respond to the crisis?
The second component of the project consists of virtual one-on-one mentoring sessions of individual APEC countries officials. For this, Dr Cordova provides remote assistance to interested experts from governments and business organizations via video conferencing services. The first intervention was on 24 September to the Agence de Promotion des Investissements et des Exportations (APIEX) of Benin. During the event Dr Cordova provided guidance on how to approach reform, select the type of measure that can better handle the crisis in the short and long term, and monitor for outcomes.
Funded by: European Comission under contract to Stichting SNV Netherlands Development Organisation, 2020.
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