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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Long-term fiscal projections

One of the main objectives of governments should be the sustainability of public finances. Policies and specific programmes have implications that transcend the budget year. When these aspects are not taken into account, public finances and the success of policies can be negatively affected (programmes are started but their long-term financing needs may not be secured). Additionally, societies are confronted with long term socio-economic challenges that could affect economic conditions in the future. Fiscal projections can help identify the probable future expenses in light of forecasted demographic and economic developments, and can contribute to the political discussion of a broader reform agenda.

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