ASEAN countries are moving to adopt Good Regulation Practices (GRP) joining the mainstream of global governance, embedding an evidence-based style of decision making into administrative and political processes. In 2019, the ASEAN Governing Body representing the 10 State Member endorsed the ASEAN Guidelines on Good Regulatory Practices (GRP). This document intends to help all State Members to improve their regulatory practices when developing World Trade Organization technical regulations As a driver for the Guidelines implementation the ASEAN Consultative Committee on Standards and Quality (ACCSQ) asked in May 2020 Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt (PTB) and Jacobs, Cordova & Associates (JC&A) to launch a two-year initiative with two components:
Undertake a survey of the Member State adoption of the best practices signaled in the Guidelines by all ASEAN regulators. This stock taking will establish a baseline which will help countries and ASEAN as a group to monitor progress in adopting the Guidelines and detect regional innovations and good practices.
Organize a series of capacity building events to introduce and promote the GRP Guidelines in ASEAN developing countries and, for some of the, provide additional advice on its implementation.
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.
Funded by the MCC, 2019-2020.
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