OECD Public Governance Reviews: Paraguay

Pursuing National Development through Integrated Public Governance

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Paraguay has identified public governance reform as an important tool for achieving sustainable and inclusive growth. This review examines areas of public governance such as co-ordination across administrative silos, strengthening links between budgeting and planning, and enhancing the decentralisation process to improve development outcomes in all regions of the country. It also assesses the management of the civil service, as well as the implementation of open government strategies and initiatives to involve citizens and businesses in the policy cycle. This review provides concrete recommendations to support public governance reform in Paraguay.

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Assessment and Recommendations

Paraguay, a landlocked country with a population of just under 7 million people, is situated in the heart of South America. One of the last of the continent’s countries to overcome dictatorship, Paraguay began a slow move towards democracy in 1989. Notwithstanding Paraguay’s difficult past, the country has become one of the most dynamic economies in the region, with annual growth rates well above the OECD and Latin American averages. Thanks to a strong macroeconomic performance and to important structural reforms, many Paraguayans have overcome poverty and middle classes have started to emerge.

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