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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Procurement regulatory entities

In the LAC region, public procurement agencies or public procurement regulatory and monitoring entities are central bodies in charge of the regulation and monitoring of a country’s public procurement system. This is different from the model commonly found in OECD countries, where these bodies are often a contracting authority. In the LAC context, it is uncommon for procurement regulatory entities to purchase on behalf of public sector entities, with the exception of framework agreements and reverse auctions. The most common model found in the region is for countries to centralise policy and monitoring and decentralise operations. Experience from the region has shown that having an agency with a dedicated policy and monitoring role can drive change by ensuring that new rules and regulations, developed as part of the modernisation of legal frameworks, are implemented.

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