Government at a Glance: Latin America and the Caribbean 2017

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This second edition of Government at a Glance: Latin America and the Caribbean provides the latest available data on public administrations in the LAC region and compares it to OECD countries. It contains new indicators on public finances, centres of government, regulatory governance, open government, digital government and public procurement. This edition also includes a special feature on health budgeting.

After a decade of sustained economic growth reinforced by high commodity prices, economic conditions are deteriorating in the LAC region. In this context, LAC governments are expected to design and deliver more inclusive, transparent  and efficient policies. This report provides policy makers with performance measurements and offers comparative perspective. Good indicators are needed more than ever to help governments make informed decisions and tough choices, in order to  maintain progress and improvements in the region.

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Institutional setting and key functions of the open government coordination unit

The effective and efficient implementation of open government reforms requires the appropriate institutional setting. Therefore, the role of the centre of government (CoG) in providing leadership and effectively and efficiently coordinating policy-making across the government is critical for ensuring a proper implementation of open government initiatives. With the exception of Panama, all surveyed LAC countries indicated that open government initiatives are coordinated by the centre of government. The structure and working dynamics of the centre of government could be different, in 54% of LAC countries, including among others Mexico, it functions directly in the office of the head of government. A different structure was reported by 38% of countries (e.g. Peru) where the CoG operates in the cabinet office/ chancellery/ council of ministers.

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