Theme 5: Building Trust and Confidence

Workshop Title Speakers Workshop Description
Can better regulatory delivery be part of a country’s inward investment offer? Giedrius Kadziauskas, Regulatory Reform Expert, Lithuania;


Government of Colombia;

Regulatory delivery, enforcement and inspections are not usually seen as a high priority issue for investment promotion agencies, but this does not mean that the regulatory delivery regime of a country does not affect market access, competitiveness and the costs of doing business for a prospective investor. This session explores this issue from the perspective of both the potential investor and the investment promotion agency.


Drivers of compliance – fairness, legitimacy and motivations Justice Tankebe, University of Cambridge, UK


The private sector operating fairly and safely is the ultimate aim of regulatory agencies. But what motivates businesses to comply with the law? The speakers will draw lessons from academic research in this area that are relevant for regulatory delivery agencies.     Neil Gunningham will discuss the interplay of fear (of sanctions, economic losses or social disapproval) and duty (to obey the rules, to avoid harm) in driving businesses to comply or not with regulation.   Justice Tankebe will present lessons from the criminal justice field on how fairness, legitimacy and procedural justice can support compliance.


Risk – the currency of regulation: key principles and tools Better Regulation Delivery Office This session will discuss key concepts of risk and how risk based approaches within regulatory agencies can improve business compliance.   The speakers will discuss the role of data in driving risk based inspection, including the development of risk criteria, databases and the skills and capacity to analyse data to drive inspection activity.


Risk to target inspections – practical examples from food imports, pharmaceuticals and tax Charles Vellutini, Tax Reform Consultant, France


Eduardo Esteban Romero Fong, Federal Commission for Regulatory Improvement, Mexico


Country case studies of practical applications of risk management and reputation schemes to reduce burdens whilst improving inspections effectiveness. The Mexican Federal Commission for Regulatory Improvement (Cofemer) will present the success of border inspections in food imports through confidence schemes and burden reduction in the pharmaceutical sector and Charles Vellutini will present lessons from his work in France on risk based approaches to targeting tax inspections.


Building confidence in the food safety regulatory regime


Selma Rasavac, WBG;

Erica Sheward, BRDO


This workshop will take the example of food safety regulation and explore the different elements needed to provide trust and confidence. The World Bank Group will present a toolkit they have developed for reformers of food safety regulatory systems which sets out what is needed for successful food safety reforms.


The “Risk Regulation Reflex” – how regulatory agencies can avoid developing disproportionate interventions Jan van Tol; NL Donald Macrae


The “risk regulation reflex” is a term coined by the Dutch Risk and Responsibility programme for the tendency to regard the constant reduction of risks, whether or not in response to an incident, as a self-evident duty of government. The risk regulation reflex can lead to disproportionate interventions that confer benefits that fail to outweigh their cost and societal side effects, or which give the government a larger stake in risk reduction than is necessary and/or achievable. This workshop will present the three ways that regulatory agencies can influence the risk regulation reflex, and will include a case study of how the Dutch government is working with local municipalities to help them with practical ways to recognise and avoid the risk regulation reflex.


Better guidance for better compliance:   delivering assured advice and guidance to business Better Regulation Delivery Office Through advice provided by government to the private sector about what compliance looks like, businesses can improve management control of their business and improve their confidence to invest in their business and grow. But in order to build confidence to invest in compliance, businesses need assurance that the guidance can be relied on and that regulatory agencies will stand by their advice. This workshop will discuss mechanisms for providing assured advice using the UK Primary Authority scheme as an example.



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