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Shaping Business Environments for Global Growth and Prosperity

Regulatory Delivery International Conference 2016, London

Theme 1: Strengthening capacity through regulatory delivery

Workshops under this theme will assist delegates in developing regulatory environments that provide effective protection whilst also supporting businesses to grow and prosper. In an increasingly globalised and competitive world, the role of the regulator has never been more important in enabling and promoting growth and prosperity. Workshops will examine how regulation is both designed and delivered, including critical factors of governance, culture, values and professional competence, leadership and risk management.
Workshop 1: Tuesday 11th October, 13.45 – 15.15, State Drawing Room

Building the right conditions for effective regulatory delivery
Based on first hand experiences of implementing regulatory reform both in the UK and internationally, this workshop will examine the critical factors that define an effective and efficient regulatory environment. The session will focus on the building blocks of effective regulation, including governance frameworks that reflect the political context, robust accountability mechanisms and the importance of a values and outcome focused operating culture.
Workshop 2: Tuesday 11th October, 15.45 – 17.15, State Drawing Room

Effective regulatory delivery to promote business growth

Once strong foundations have been established, the day to day operational decisions of the regulator become even more crucial. This workshop will focus on the day to day planning, policies and processes that ensure regulators make informed and transparent decisions that drive better outcomes. This includes a focus on identifying and measuring outcomes, alternative tools to regulation, the use of data to make risk based decisions and selecting the right regulatory tool for the situation.
Workshop 3: Thursday 13th October, 11.15 – 12.45, 11.30 – 13.00, Music Room

Applying regulatory delivery in an international context

This workshop will provide examples of how the Regulatory Delivery Model (RDM), developed by UK Government, has been used in different countries to build stronger regulatory environments. Using specific case studies and experiences from partners around the world, delegates will gain an understanding of how the model can assist in maximising effective regulation in differing contexts.

Theme 2: International Standards

Where businesses operate on a global scale, clear international standards and agreements are needed recognise individual regulatory mechanisms of laws, regulations, standards and certification procedures. Collaboration between business, consumers, governments and others help create appropriate standards that drive quality and assurance, and boost trade and business performance. Workshops under this theme will examine how clear international standards have assisted the food, manufacturing and retail sectors, as well as providing a more detailed examination of the UK Primary Authority approach to reliable business advice and the UK Quality Infrastructure initiative.
Workshop 1: Tuesday 11th October, 13.45 – 15.15, Long Gallery

Building business confidence through standards

This workshop will discuss the development and use of international standards in providing assurance in an increasingly global marketplace. The use of standards assists businesses improve performance, reduce risk and achieve sustainable growth. With the British Standards Institute providing the context and the World Bank Food Safety Toolkit used as an example, this workshop will examine how tools and standards can empower businesses to assess market potential, build capacity, and assist in mitigating barriers to development.
Workshop 2: Tuesday 11th October, 15.45 – 17.15, Green Room

Primary Authority: Ensuring consistent regulation

Providing advice that business can rely on has far reaching impacts, delivering benefits for the regulatory system as a whole, for businesses, and for those that the regulations are designed to protect – consumers, workers and the environment. This workshop will examine how the UK Primary Authority scheme provides confidence to businesses to invest, trade and grow and how the principles of Primary Authority could be applied in new and innovative ways.
Workshop 3: Thursday 13th October, 11.30 – 13.00, Green Room

UK Quality Infrastructure initiative

International trading relationships are built on trust. This is often via a structure of standards, agreements, codes and regulations designed to ensure transparency and accountability. This workshop will explore the main principles behind national quality infrastructure initiatives, the linkages with regulatory reform measures and case studies examples to focus on the global picture.

 Theme 3: Trade Facilitation

Trade facilitation is often described as the ‘plumbing’ of international trade, encompassing the procedures, controls and processes that enable import and export. It is increasingly a focus of reform for trade negotiators. Regulatory agencies at borders and ports play an important role in reducing the operational bottlenecks and creating efficient environments, which support business confidence, trade and growth. Workshops under this theme will explore procedures and controls governing the movement of goods and services across international borders to reduce costs and maximise efficiency.
Workshop 1: Tuesday 11th October, 13.45 – 15.15, Music Room

The role of Government in promoting trade – ‘One Government at the Border’ programme

This workshop will explore how government and business can work together to create the right environment for efficient movement of goods over borders, focusing time and effort on higher risk consignments. This workshop will also explore the role national trade facilitation bodies play, bringing governments and traders together to improve the design and implementation of border procedures that minimise regulatory costs and inconvenience to trade flows. The ‘One Government at the Border’ initiative, designed to develop and deliver a single, coherent service based on better commonly available data, within a shared policy, regulatory and legislative framework will also be explored.
Workshop 2: Tuesday 11th October, 15.45 – 17.15, Music Room

Reforming trade logistics

Trade logistics reform is about reducing the time and cost for businesses to import and export across international borders. With suppliers and customers spread all over the world, ensuring competitive supply chains and infrastructures, simplifying procedures and using risk management processes has never been more critical. This workshop will explore the role that both government and business have to play to ensure efficient and productive reform and address regulatory and administrative barriers to trade.
Workshop 3: Thursday 13th October, 11.30 – 13.00, State Dining Room

Market access: Creating conditions for trade

Market access for goods means the conditions, both tariff and non-tariff, that individual countries set for specific goods to enter into their market. Non-tariff barriers are increasingly more important than tariffs in promoting trade, in particular regulatory, standards, customs procedures and Intellectual Property. This workshop will examine how market access reform and mutual recognition, which simplifies market entry for businesses, can remove blockages and create the right conditions for goods to be sold across borders.

Theme 4: Transparency and results measurement

Transparent regulatory environments encourage greater interaction between regulators and those they regulate. Making information accessible to business, consulting on proposed policies and regulations, raising awareness through the public sphere and providing regular feedback through customer feedback loops are all ways in which this can be achieved. Modern technologies have helped shaped how we access information and reach a far wider audience. Workshops under this theme will examine the means by which regulators share information with business, the importance of open and transparent consultation and how and why results measurement is important.
Workshop 1: Tuesday 11th October, 13.45 – 15.15, State Dining Room

The feedback loop between business and regulator

With modern technologies and social media, citizens today are requesting and accessing more information and data, enabling regulators to be held accountable for how they perform and defining future public policy. As demonstrated at the recent global Transparency Summit in London, world leaders, business and civil society are all required to engage if transparent environments are to flourish. This workshop will explore the topic of accountability and transparency of regulatory agencies to business and citizens through the ‘feedback loop’, including complaints and appeals against regulator decisions.  
Workshop 2: Tuesday 11th October, 15.45 – 17.15, Long Gallery

Public Private Dialogue: Engaging the private sector
Enabling and encouraging open forums to better understand the views of the business community can inform government policy direction and identify practical, sustainable solutions. This workshop will explore the role that governments and business can play in promoting private sector development to drive compliance and growth. The workshop will include views from the World Bank Group and Regulatory Delivery’s experience of first hand business engagement mechanisms.
Workshop 3: Thursday 13th October, 11.30 – 13.00, Long Gallery

Results measurement

The purpose of collecting and evaluating regulatory results is to better understand the practical impact of regulation, including any unintended consequences, informing future policy development. This workshop will examine why and how regulatory interventions can be measured to ensure they are delivering against their intended outcome and that the unintended consequences of regulation are minimised. Measurement tools, including logic modelling, will be discussed as a framework for improving regulatory delivery.
 Theme 5: Good Regulatory Practice
The benefits of good regulation are realised not only from the way that regulations are written and brought into law but also in the way that they are interpreted and enforced. Regulatory delivery plays an increasingly important role in creating environments into which businesses have the confidence to trade and invest. Workshops under this theme will explore how frontline inspectors play a substantial role in ensuring efficient and effective regulatory delivery. This includes how regulators and regulatory agencies can best utilise their resources to drive better targeted regulation and a practical demonstration of what a good inspection involves.

Workshop 1: Tuesday 11th October, 13.45 – 15.15, Green Room

Applying risk methodologies to regulation 

Limited resources are a challenge that regulators all over the world face. How do regulators ensure the responsibilities of protection and prosperity are balanced and that resources are focused where they are needed most? This workshop will explore the Regulatory Delivery approach to modelling risk and how risk based approaches can improve business compliance and build trust between the regulator and business. Speakers will explore the UK approach to risk as well as international examples.

Workshop 2: Tuesday 11th October, 15.45 – 17.15, State Dining Room

Good inspection practices – A practical demonstration

The first interaction between a business and a regulator often occurs when an inspector visits the business premises. In some cases business inspections are announced beforehand and in others they are unannounced. Starting with an introduction to the importance of good inspection practices to businesses, this workshop will provide a practical demonstration of the critical factors a good business inspection involves and why these are important to build trust and productive relationships.

Workshop 3: Thursday 13th October, 11.30 – 13.00, State Drawing Room

How important is regulatory reform in post conflict states

A fragile or post conflict environment creates distinct challenges and opportunities for regulatory reform and those engaged in the reform process. Creating a business environment that provides confidence and encourages business investment and growth, is a key way to create and support stability. This workshop will consider the critical factors to achieve impact in fragile and post- conflict contexts, including country case studies.