CRE Reader Issues Invitation to the International Conference on Regulatory
Reform in Toronto
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The Director of Canada's Red Tape Secretariat wrote to CRE to announce
a major international conference on regulatory reform best practices being
hosted by the Government of Ontario in partnership with the Institute
of Public Administration of Canada. The conference, "Red Tape to
Smart Tape: Fostering Regulatory Innovation in the 21st Century,"
will be held September 25-27, 2002 in Toronto. According to its organizers,
by doing business smarter, governments can: (1) implement responsible
regulation that promotes economic growth while protecting public health,
safety, and the environment; (2) deliver efficient and competitive programs
and services with as little red tape as possible; and (3) adopt improvements
in technology to enhance government performance and customer service.
CRE supports the conference's goals of reducing unnecessary regulation
and improving governmental regulatory systems.
Guest Column Submission:
International Conference on Regulatory Reform in Toronto
Red Tape Secretariat
people talking about innovative, "smart tape" approaches to
regulating is the purpose of an international conference being hosted
by the Government of Ontario in partnership with the Institute of Public
Administration of Canada (IPAC) in September 2002.
Scot Weeres, Director of the Red Tape Secretariat, and Pat Dutil, Director
of Research for IPAC, expect that domestic and international business
leaders and academics, as well as civil servants and elected officials
from various levels of government around the world, will attend the fall
want to encourage discussions about how business and government can learn
from one another," said Weeres. "The conference will showcase
smart tape and regulatory reform best practices and achievements from
around the world. We have an excellent line-up of speakers, including
Malcolm Sparrow, Professor of the Practice of Public Management at Harvard
University, Brad McKay, Vice-President of Parmalat Canada and President
of the Canadian Institute of Food Science and Technology, and Ali Haddou-Ruiz
of the Comision Federal de Mejora Regulatoria (the Commission for Federal
regulation) in the Government of Mexico."
conference, "Red Tape to Smart Tape: Fostering Regulatory Innovation
in the 21st Century," will be held September 25-27, 2002 in Toronto.
speakers, discussion panels, workshops and selected papers will focus
on red tape challenges, opportunities and solutions, including new ideas
and approaches to regulation used around the globe. Topic areas include
ways to improve security, customer service and competitiveness.
The need for smarter approaches to regulation
Implement responsible regulation that promotes economic growth
and development while protecting public health, safety and the environment;
Governments at all levels today need to be developing and using the most
efficient and effective regulatory means at their disposal to respond
to current and emerging challenges and opportunities of providing products,
programs and services. By doing business smarter, governments can:
Deliver efficient and competitive programs and services to individuals
and businesses with as little red tape as possible; and
Adopt improvements in technology to enhance government performance
and customer service.
The business community and general public's frustration with unnecessary
regulations is well known. Eighty-two percent of respondents to Canada's
Citizens First survey in 2000 identified government forms and red tape
reduction as the top priority for government to improve its service to
the public. Forms, standards, procedures, licenses and regulations that
are obsolete or redundant are a costly burden to business, consumers and
The real costs of red tape
Outdated regulatory systems can impose compliance and management costs
that stifle economic activity. According to a survey undertaken by the
Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) of 8,000
small- and medium-sized enterprises in 11 different countries, a typical
company spends an average $27,500 U.S. per year complying with regulations.
"The cumulative effect of many regulations
from multiple institutions
and layers of government is to slow down business responsiveness, divert
resources away from productive investments, hamper entry into markets,
reduce innovation and job creation, and generally discourage entrepreneurship,"
said the 2001 OECD report entitled "Businesses' Views on Red Tape."
One of the keynote speakers at the upcoming conference will be Rolf Alter,
Head of the OECD's Regulatory Reform Programme and Deputy Director of
the OECD's Public Management Service (PUMA).
Changing the culture
"Since the creation of the Ontario Red Tape Commission in 1996, we
have seen a shift in the regulatory culture of the Ontario Public Service"
said Weeres. "This is evident from the 14 Red Tape Reduction and
Government Efficiency Acts that have been passed since 1996. Ministries,
agencies and their stakeholders have identified over 50 outdated Acts
that have been repealed, as well as red tape reduction and customer service
amendments and improvements to over 200 other Acts. We have a lot of good
examples to share, and a great opportunity at the conference to learn
more about regulatory best practices from around the world."
Want more information?
For further information
on the conference, please visit the conference web site at
www.smarttape.ca, or IPAC's web site at
www.ipaciapc.ca. For further information about
the Red Tape Commission, please visit the Commission's web site at