The Ministry of Economy and Finance, in partnership with the World Bank, organized, September 19th 2023 an exchange event on the theme: "Public Sector Performance and Transparency" in Marrakech. This is part of "The Road to Marrakech", which will host the Annual Meetings of the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund from October 09 to 15, 2023.
This high-level event, aimed at sharing experiences between Morocco and its international partners, focused on three themes, selected for their strong impact on the challenges to face:
- Efficient public spending: This panel focused on sharing the experiences of Morocco and participating countries in gender- and climate-sensitive budgeting, public procurement performance and decentralized budget planning. The aim was to foster a global understanding of effective public spending practices in various contexts, with a particular emphasis on national pathways to identify best practices in improving public services and mitigating social disparities.
- The performance of tax administration: the State ensures that the public sector is more sustainable and efficient in terms of taxation. At local level, governments are strengthening their commitment to bringing public services closer to citizens. The COVID-19 crisis highlighted the need for many countries to rethink their tax policies to adapt them to new economic realities. This session provided an opportunity to discuss the challenges of planning reforms and digitalization to enhance the performance of tax administration. Particular attention was also given to local government revenues.
- The digital transformation of the public sector through interoperability and open data: The development of new information technologies and, more generally, the spread of the digital economy present major challenges with organizational, institutional and behavioral changes. Digitization makes it possible to improve service quality while reducing costs. This session provided an opportunity to exchange experiences on the regulation of administrative data exchange, as well as on data exchange and the challenges of interoperability. Given the importance of transparency and accountability, particular attention was paid to Open Data.
The conference was attended by renowned experts and high-level panellists. This included representatives of international organizations, academics and institutions from Cote d'Ivoire, Cape Verde, Spain, Greece, Portugal, Rwanda, Senegal, Tunisia and Morocco.
Participants also included decision-makers and technicians from countries that have demonstrated innovation in this field, and experience that can serve as an example both in terms of content and in terms of the implementation of reforms.