High standards of public governance are the essential foundation for achieving sustainable economic growth and social cohesion. Without high standards, there can be no confidence in the integrity of public institutions or indeed in the value of democratic processes in promoting and protecting the interests and well-being of citizens. Good governance and the fight against corruption should not be just new catchwords in international co-operation. They represent the keys for successful reform and for equitable and sustainable development.
This publication presents the papers discussed at the Latin American Forum on Ensuring Transparency and Accountability in the Public Sector that took place on 5-6 December 2001. The Forum brought together more than 450 ministers, senators, senior government officials, business leaders, representatives of international organisations, non-government organisations and the media from OECD countries, Latin America and the Caribbean.
The Forum approved policy recommendations that reflect the shared experience of member countries of the OECD and the Organisation of American States. The agreed policy recommendations list key principles and crucial factors in the three following key areas of good governance:
- Ensuring impartiality in the decision-making process by a credible conflict-of-interest policy.
- Increasing transparency in the preparation and execution of the budget.
- Promoting freedom of information, consultation and participation of citizens in the formulation and implementation of public policies.
In addition, country papers provide practical solutions adapted to their particular administrative environments for policy-makers and a demanding civil society.