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The 14th GAB Annual Seminar: The Role of Governance of Public Institutions in Fulfilling the “Saudi Vision 2030”


The 14th GAB Annual Seminar:

The Role of Governance of Public Institutions in

Fulfilling the “Saudi Vision 2030”

Governance of the public sector relates to the means by which objectives are fulfilled.
It includes procedures which ensure an institutions' credibility, establish equitable provision of services, and assure appropriate conduct of government officials, reducing the risk of public manipulation. Public auditing strengthens governance by materially increasing the government's ability to hold its public institutions accountable.
Therefore, auditors are expected to play a significant role in those features of governance, which reflects the importance of giving them full authority to achieve these roles.
Governance of public institutions is a subject that is an important and critical one in Saudi Arabia today. Developing and implementing governance practice is crucial in overcoming the challenges to achieving the vision of not only the General Auditing Authority (GAB), but also the Saudi leadership and Saudi citizens in general.
It is in complete accordance with the current focus and drive of the leadership of Saudi Arabia. This was demonstrated by the recent adoption by the Council of Economic and Development Affairs (CEDA), under the chairmanship of his royal highness The Deputy Crown Prince, of the governance framework for implementing the Saudi Vision 2030. This in turn matches the vision of GAB which states that it “.... establishes the principles of transparency, governance and accountability”.
As a result, the subject of this seminar is the core specialisation and purpose of GAB. Saudi Arabia is at a critical juncture in its economic development and hence this seminar focuses on the important aspect of governance in public institutions with specific reference to efficiency of public spending, as it is a key element within the Saudi Vision 2030. Increasing efficiency in the public sector is the sustainable way to enhance performance and reduce costs.
This increase in efficiency in turn depends largely upon improving and streamlining governance structures and procedures. The seminar will explore and discuss this timely and highly significant subject in relation to the role of GAB and other institutions in facilitating the transition towards a transparent and more efficient public sector, and define the key elements needed to maximize the value of public sector audit activity.
Each session of the seminar will have participation from leading experts and practitioners from the fields of public sector governance, regulatory bodies, academia, government and others from both Saudi Arabia and around the world. The seminar aims to be able to make valuable and feasible recommendations and suggestions to help Saudi Arabia learn from current best practices in governance and move towards producing a road map for implementation of a better governance model specific to the Kingdom. It will also serve to highlight and clarify the role of the GAB in both designing and implementing the necessary governance structures and mechanisms for this transition to become a reality

7 May 2017
Riyadh – InterContinental Hotel – King Faisal Hall

The 1ST Sub-theme: Best Practice in Governance of the Public Sector and the Optimal Model for the Institutional and Cultural Environment of Saudi Arabia

This session addresses the meaning of governance and questions what good governance really means today. Best practice and the various available theories and models of public sector governance which exist in the world today will be explored along with discussions of which aspects of these may or may not be suitable for application in the particular environment of Saudi Arabia. That environment includes the unique government institutional structures and also the specific cultural norms and social relationships. Throughout the world, public sector institutions are designed differently, with various institutional and cultural environments and overlapping mandates and regulations. Therefore, no single governance model can be applied to all of them. Experiences of governance theory and practice from both developed and developing countries will be shared along with specific experiences from Saudi Arabia. The aim is to find a particularly suitable and feasible model for governance of public in stitutions, which accommodates the unique requirements of the Saudi institutional and political culture. The session may also address the centrality, in any conversations about public sector governance, of such key concepts as ethics and integrity. Other questions may include; How does governance increase stakeholder engagement and what is the role of public awareness and consultation? Is governance about less or better regulation? What are the challenges to implementing improved governance in Saudi Arabia?

The 2ND Sub-theme: Strategy for Sustainable and Effective Public Governance: Mechanisms and Determinants

This session will constitute a discussion of the real and existing opportunities available to the oversight bodies of Saudi Arabia to develop and implement the necessary governance strategies for implementing the transformations required in the Saudi Vision 2030. Auditing is a keystone of good governance. By giving an objective judgment of whether resources are used responsibly and effectively to achieve intended outcomes, the GAB assists public institutions to achieve accountability and integrity, improve operations, and instil confidence among citizens and stakeholders. This session will highlight the nature of the role that GAB can and must play in the new governance structures with particular reference to how the current structures may be improved for greater efficiency and to remove possible causes of ineffectiveness. The aim is to provide recommendations for a road map to implementing an up to date and effective governance model for the envisaged future of Saudi Arabia. Hence the session will explore the planning and management requirements as well as the mechanisms available. Organisational structures of government bodies and agencies may determine the governance effectiveness whilst potential conflict of interest may be mitigated through effective leadership. Policy design may also maximise the effect of tools such as risk management and performance evaluation. Central to all of this is the role of public auditors and effective accountability measures.

The 3RD Sub-theme: Governance of Public Institutions and its Impact on Increasing Public Spending Efficiency and Enhancing Market Competitiveness

This session will seek to focus on the question of why governance of the public sector is a critical factor towards the implementation of the Saudi Vision 2030. A broad range of the positive impacts on the society and on the private sector generally will be covered. The benefits of implementing new governance measures must always be weighed against the potential costs and hence the efficiency in public spending is critical. The Saudi Vision 2030 is committed to making public spending more efficient, using resources more effectively, and limiting waste. As an example of this, the “ITIZAN” program has been launched through which, financial regulations will be comprehensively reviewed in all government agencies. The program intends to move away from a narrow reliance on process auditing, and move towards a more integrated approach with effective and efficient spending controls, and specific and measurable goals, while sustaining resources and assets. The program also aims to raise awareness and reward a culture of efficient spending throughout all administrative levels and thereby boost the performance of finance departments and internal auditing. Better public services mean greater transparency and effective governance creates a fair and sustainable society at home whilst facilitating foreign investment through engendering trust and stability. Such a society is also inclusive and the labour markets benefit from such outcomes as gender diversity and investment security.

Speakers



H.E. Mohamed Abdullah Al-Jadaan

Minister of Finance, Saudi Arabia



H.E. Dr. Mahmoud Mohieldin

Senior Vice President for the 2030 Development Agenda, United Nations Relations, and Partnerships, The World Bank



H.E. Dr. Harib Al-Amimi

President of the State Audit Institution, United Arab Emirates



H.E. Professor Abed Al-Kharabshah

President of Audit Bureau, Jordan



H.E. Sheikh Bandar Al Thani

President of State Audit Bureau, Qatar



H.E. Mr. Mohammed bin Talal Al-Nahas

Governor of Public Pension Agency



H.E. Dr. Badran A. Al-Omar

Rector of King Saud University, Saudi Arabia



Dr. Raja Al-Marzoqi

President, The Gulf Monetary Council



Mr. Abdulmohsen Abdulaziz Al-Fares

Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer, Alinma Bank, Saudi Arabia



Mr. Mohamed alqwez

Vice President of the Capital Market Authority of Saudi Arabia



DR. Mohammed A Al-Abbas

Member of the Shoura Council



Professor Steven Kelman

Albert J. Weatherhead III and Richard W. Weatherhead Professor of Public Management, Harvard Kennedy School, USA



Professor Michael Barzelay

Professor of Public Management, London School of Economics, UK



Professor Gerry Stoker

Professor of Governance, Southampton University, UK



Professor Stephen Osborne

Professor of Governance, Chair of international Public Management and Director of the Centre for Service Excellence in Edinburgh University, UK



Mr. Nick Malyshev

Head of Regulatory Policy Division, OECD



Mr. Timothy Callen

Division Chief at the IMF's Middle East Department and Mission Chief for Saudi Arabia, IMF



Dr. Anwar Shah

Consultant to the World Bank and Former Director to the World Bank Institute’s Governance Program from 2004-2009 – Director of the Centre for Public Economics, Chengdu/Wenjiang, China



Dr. Sergio Seabra

Lemann Fellow of Practice, Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford, United Kingdom

GAB 2017 Seminar Agenda :

The Role of Governance of Public Institutions in Fulfilling the “Saudi Vision 2030”

7th of May, 2017

Riyadh – InterContinental Hotel – King Faisal Hall

07:30 – 08:15

Registration

08:00 – 09:00

- Introduction to the GAB 14th Annual Seminar

- Dr. Saleh Al-Agla, GAB Consultant and Seminar Coordinator, The General Auditing Bureau, Saudi Arabia

- Keynote Addresses

- H.E. Dr. Mahmoud Mohieldin, Senior Vice President for the 2030 Development Agenda, United Nations Relations, and Partnerships, The World Bank

- H.E. Mr. Mohammed Al-Jadaan, Minister of Finance, Saudi Arabia

- Welcoming and Opening Remark

- H.E. Professor Hussam Al-Angari, President of the General Auditing Bureau, Saudi Arabia

09:00 – 11:00

The 1ST Session: Best Practices in Governance of the Public Sector and the Optimal Model for the Institutional and Cultural Environment of Saudi Arabia

This second session addresses the meaning of governance and questions what good governance really means today. Best practices and the various available theories and models of public sector governance which exist in the world today, will be explored along with discussions of which aspects of these may or may not be suitable for application in the particular environment of Saudi Arabia. That environment includes the unique government institutional structures and also the specific cultural norms and social relationships. Throughout the world, public sector institutions are designed differently, with various institutional and cultural environments and overlapping mandates and regulations. Therefore, no single governance model can be applied to all of them. Experiences of governance theory and practice from both developed and developing countries will be shared along with specific experiences from Saudi Arabia. The aim is to find a particularly suitable and feasible model for governance of public institutions, which accommodates the unique requirements of the Saudi institutional and political culture. The session may, also, address the centrality, in any conversations about public sector governance, of such key concepts as ethics and integrity. Other questions may include; How does governance increase stakeholder engagement? and what is the role of public awareness and consultation? Is governance about less or better regulation? What are the challenges to implementing improved governance in Saudi Arabia?


Moderator: H.E. Dr. Mahmoud Mohieldin, Senior Vice President for the 2030 Development Agenda, United Nations Relations, and Partnerships, The World Bank

Panelists:


1 -H.E. Shiekh Bander Al Thani, President of State Audit Bureau, Qatar

2 -H.E. Dr. Harib Al-Amimi, President of the State Audit Institution and Chairman of INTOSAI, United Arab Emirates

3 -H.E. Professor Abed Al-Kharabshah, President of Audit Bureau, Jordan

4 -H.E. Professor Badran Al-Omar, Rector of King Saud University, Saudi Arabia

5 -Mr. Nick Malyshev, Head of Regulatory Policy Division, OECD

11:00 – 11:15

Coffee Break

11:15 – 13:15

The 2nd Session: Strategy for Sustainable and Effective Public Governance: Mechanisms and Determinants

This third and final session will constitute a discussion of the real and existing opportunities available to the oversight bodies of Saudi Arabia to develop and implement the necessary governance strategies for implementing the transformations required in the Saudi Vision 2030. Auditing is a keystone of good governance. By giving an objective judgment of whether resources are used responsibly and effectively to achieve intended outcomes, GAB assists public institutions to achieve accountability and integrity, improve operations, and instil confidence among citizens and stakeholders. This session will highlight the nature of the role that GAB can and must play in the new governance structures with particular reference to how the current structures may be improved for greater efficiency and to remove possible causes of ineffectiveness. The aim is to provide recommendations for a road map to implementing an up to date and effective governance model for the envisaged future of Saudi Arabia. Hence the session will explore the planning and management requirements as well as the mechanisms available. Organisational structures of government bodies and agencies may determine the governance effectiveness whilst potential conflict of interest may be mitigated through effective leadership. Policy design may also maximise the effect of tools such as risk management and performance evaluation. Central to all of this is the role of public auditors and effective accountability measures.


Moderator: Professor Michael Barzelay, Professor of Public Management, London School of Economics, UK

Panelists:


1 -H.E. Mr. Mohamed Al-Nahas, Governor of the Public Pension Agency, Saudi Arabia

2 -Professor Steven Kelman, Professor of Public Management, Harvard Kennedy School, USA

3 -Professor Gerry Stoker, Professor of Governance, Southampton University, United Kingdom

4 -Professor Stephen Osborne, Professor of Governance, Chair of international Public Management and Director of the Centre for Service Excellence in Edinburgh University, United Kingdom

5 -Dr. Mohamed Al-Abbas, Member of Majlis Al-Shoura (The Consultative Council), Saudi Arabia

13:15 – 13:30

Coffee Break

13:30 – 15:30

The 3rd Session: Governance of Public Institutions and its Impact on Increasing Public Spending Efficiency and Enhancing Market Competitiveness

This session will seek to focus on the question of why governance of the public sector is a critical factor towards the implementation of the Saudi Vision 2030. A broad range of the positive impacts on the society and on the private sector generally will be covered. The benefits of implementing new governance measures must always be weighed against the potential costs and hence the efficiency in public spending is critical. The Saudi Vision 2030 is committed to making public spending more efficient, using resources more effectively, and limiting waste. As an example of this, the “ITIZAN” program has been launched through which, financial regulations will be comprehensively reviewed in all government agencies. The program intends to move away from a narrow reliance on process auditing, and move towards a more integrated approach with effective and efficient spending controls, and specific and measurable goals, while sustaining resources and assets. The program, also, aims to raise awareness and reward a culture of efficient spending throughout all administrative levels and thereby boost the performance of finance departments and internal auditing. Better public services mean greater transparency and effective governance creates a fair and sustainable society at home whilst facilitating foreign investment through engendering trust and stability. Such a society is, also, inclusive and the labour markets benefit from such outcomes as gender diversity and investment security.

Moderator: Dr. Raja Al-Marzoqi, President, The Gulf Monetary Council

Panelists:

1 -Mr. Abdulmohsen Al-Fares, Chief Executive Officer of Alinma Bank, Saudi Arabia

2 -Mr. Mohamed El-Kuwaiz, Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors, the Capital Market Authority (CMA), Saudi Arabia

3 -Dr. Anwar Shah, Director of the Centre for Public Economics, China – Consultant to the World Bank and Former Director to the World Bank Institute’s Governance Program

4 -Mr. Tim Callen, Division Chief at the IMF's Middle East Department and Mission Chief for Saudi Arabia, IMF

5 -Dr. Sergio Seabra, Lemann Visiting Fellow of Practice, University of Oxford, United Kingdom

15:30 – 16:00

Closing of the seminar

Seminar Date :
7 May 2017
Seminar Location :
Saudi Arabia , Riyadh ,King Faisal Conference Hall, Intercontinental Hotel
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Email :
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