Ministers level to becoming a member of the OECD as a precedence within the international sphere
- August 12, 2022
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“Process of accession to the OECD is a State objective”, says minister
The Minister of the Civil House, Ciro Nogueira, said today (11) that the actions that Brazil has been implementing to be formally admitted at the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) already mobilize hundreds of federal civil servants, resulting in a “new dynamic of work in several spheres”.
“The process of accession to the OECD is very important and a priority State objective for our government”, declared Nogueira when participating in the opening of the 6th National Control Forum. Held by the Federal Audit Court (TCU), the event’s theme is New Perspectives on Governance Applied to Control.
“We live in a key moment in the history of our country and the theme [do fórum] this year gains a space and an even more significant value due to this moment”, added Nogueira.
Also during the opening of the event, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Carlos França, highlighted that Itamaraty is responsible for coordinating Brazilian efforts to join the OECD.
“For this objective to be successful, Brazil has carried out important reforms and participated in OECD committees that provide guidance on the adoption of best management practices,” said the chancellor, mentioning an “international movement” in search of improving management and governance in public administration.
Created in 1961, and headquartered in Paris, the OECD is an international organization currently formed by 37 countries, including some of the main developed economies in the world, such as the United States, Japan and European Union countries. Brazil, which since 2007 has been considered an active key partner of the organization, formalized its interest in becoming a full member in 2017, during the Michel Temer government.
In January of this year, considering “the progress made by Brazil” in terms of previous adjustments to the organization’s rules, the OECD council formalized the invitation to the Brazilian government for the country to join the group. In June, the council approved the Roadmap for Brazil’s Accession to the OECD Convention, setting out the terms and conditions to be fulfilled by the country.
Since then, according to the organization itself, Brazilian civil servants, specialists from OECD member countries and representatives of the organization’s secretariat have met regularly to discuss mutually agreed topics. “Brazil has valued the opportunity to discuss important policy issues and challenges in a multilateral context and to learn from the experiences of OECD countries that face similar challenges in many areas”, assures the OECD, on its website. “The relationship has also benefited the organization’s members and non-group economies, allowing them to gain a better understanding of Brazil as it has become a major player in the globalized economy.”
“As an example of these efforts, still in 2017, the Governance, Integrity, Risk and Control Committee was created at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, whose objective is to deliberate on transversal management issues and on Itamaraty’s activities in Brazil and abroad. abroad”, added França.
“We managed to formulate and develop more than 30 strategic projects in the different areas of activity of the ministry. We started the process of modernizing the architecture of public procurement and contract management, strengthening management and simplifying contracts. In another aspect, Itamaraty sought to quickly adapt to the General Law for the Protection of Personal Data [LGPD]which is not only an important instrument for guaranteeing fundamental rights, but is also aligned with the process of Brazil’s accession to the OECD.”
Source: Agência Brasil