Final Documentation

Cairo Conference Session 4.2: Reducing the Regulatory Burden on Business (2005)

    The Papers and powerpoint presentations on the right hand side come from Session 4.2 on 30th November 2005 in Cairo, "Reducing the Regulatory Burden on Business". This Session considered reforms that attempt to reduce the regulatory burden on businesses. It complements other Sessions on related topics, such as Sessions 2.1, 3.1, 3.2 and 3.4.

    a) The Regulatory Guillotine in Three Transition and Developing Countries, by Scott Jacobs
    Scott Jacobs is Managing Director of Jacobs and Associates in Washington DC. His Paper examined three recent cases (Moldova, Ukraine, and Kenya) in which an innovative reform instrument, called the 'regulatory guillotine', has been used to launch bold and top-down reforms to the existing stock of regulations, and to lay the foundations for continued, sustainable improvement in how governments regulate in the future. The regulatory guillotine is intended for those situations where governments are moving rapidly through the transition process from state-led growth to market-led growth. It is based on the view that the regulatory problem is vast and systemic, and that isolated and marginal reforms must be replaced by broad-scale and systematic reforms that extend across the public sector.

    It is expressly designed to: (a) reverse incentives in the reform process and overcome some of the barriers that have slowed or blocked broad-based regulatory reforms in the past; (b) create a sustainable process for future quality control and legal security, mainly by establishing a quality checklist and review process and creating a comprehensive and central regulatory registry with positive security; and (c) create the institutional infrastructure for continuous and effective regulatory reform implementation, including establishment of mechanisms for inter-ministerial coordination and cooperation, strengthening the engines of reform, and building core capacities for regulatory analysis. More information can be found at

    b) Reforming the Inspections System in Uzbekistan, by Tania Lozansky and Zafar Khashimov
    Tania Lozansky, from the International Finance Corporation in Moscow, and Zafar Khashimov from the IFC Private Enterprise Partnership in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, described the Uzbekistan SME Policy Project. This project has focused on streamlining the process of inspections and other regulatory areas such as the issuance of business permits. The case study reviewed the approach, implementation and results of the project with respect to the inspections system to date, and specifically highlighted the tools used and lessons learned in the process.

    c) Simplification of Business Regulation at the Municipal Level in Latin America and the Caribbean, by Luke Haggarty
    Luke Haggarty, a Programme Manager for the SME Programme in Latin America, IFC, based in Washington DC, outlined the experience of IFC in simplifying municipal regulations in Latin America. This work is part of the Business Enabling Environment programme in the Latin American Technical Assistance Facility of the IFC based in Lima, Peru. The Paper reviews the role of administrative barriers in the overall business environment and the costs associated with poorly functioning regulation; examines the case for working at the municipal level; reviews the principal parts of the municipal simplification methodology developed by the IFC; and summarizes key lessons learned in these reforms.

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