Theme 1: Strengthening Capacity

Workshop Title Speakers Workshop Description
Creating a modern regulator – from the UK Food Standards Agency to the Mongolian General Agency for Specialized Inspections Rod Ainsworth, UK Food Standards Agency;

Minister Saikhanbileg, Chief Secretary of the Cabinet Mongolia (tbc)

Creating a regulatory agency can happen as a result of public sector institutional reforms or perhaps in response to a regulatory failure. This workshop will discuss the challenges of building the capacity, culture and activities within a new agency that can effectively support the regulatory objectives. Speakers from the UK government Food Standards Agency and the Mongolian Government will reflect on their experiences.
ICT as an enabler for inspection reform John Wille, WBG expert

Azerbaijan representative

This workshop will discuss how ICT solutions can be used by government to support improvements in the way regulatory agencies plan and conduct activities. It will include a presentation from the World Bank Group expert on IT solutions and experiences of the Government of Azerbaijan of the implementation of an inspections e-Registry used by 26 regulatory agencies to plan and record results of inspections, and also available for the use of SMEs.
When inspection isn’t the answer: rethinking the role of inspections and enforcement in delivering regulation Rob Van Dorp, Inspectorate of Environment and Transport, The Netherlands



Regulatory agencies are there to improve compliance. This can be done by inspections, sanctions and other tools. But what if the “usual” tools do not work? In that case another approach should be considered. Using concepts originally developed by Malcolm Sparrow in “The Regulatory Craft” Rob van Dorp will set out some guidance on how to define problems precisely, how to analyse these problems and how to develop interventions.
Inspection reform approaches in fragile and post conflict states – case studies Vaanii Baker, WBG Liberia

Fred Zake, WBG

Graham Russell, BRDO

This workshop will consider the critical factors to achieve impact in inspection reform in the specific context of fragile and post conflict states. World Bank Group country representatives from fragile and post conflict states will provide their experiences on reforms.


The “rules” for regulatory agencies –   inspection laws and codes of practice Egle Maurice, Legal Advisor, Lithuania;

TBC, Tajikistan

The “rules” that govern how regulatory agencies act are one of the drivers of more effective enforcement and inspection regimes. This session will discuss the different approaches taken by different countries to setting out the “rules” for regulatory agencies, influenced by their economic and social context. The session will include a practice example from Tajikistan on why they are revising their inspection law and how they hope to support implementation of the rules set out in the inspection law.
How much discretion should regulatory agencies have? Limits and flexibilities Florentin Blanc, Donald Macrae, Giuseppa Ottimofiore How much discretion should regulatory agencies have? At a recent seminar hosted by The Netherlands Academy for Legislation, experts and academics agreed that discretion in regulatory delivery is not only unavoidable in practice, as there is no rule that does not require some degree of interpretation, but also necessary to ensure that implementation of regulations leads to the desired outcomes of regulation. The key question, however, is what kind of discretion, and how it should be framed and structured.
Professional competency for regulators: skills and knowledge Dennis Ager, BRDO

Tbc, Kyrgyz Republic

Professional competency is more than having a qualification; it relates to an individual’s ability to perform their job, and involves regular reassessment of their knowledge, skills and behaviours. This session will explore the core skills needed for all inspectors and tools to support this, including experiences from Kyrgyz Republic working towards a training centre for its technical inspectors.

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