Joint Israeli Government-OECD Conference


(Communicated by the Prime Minister’s Media Adviser)

Prime Minister’s Office Director-General Eyal Gabai this morning (Tuesday, 28 June 2011), told a joint Israeli Government-OECD conference on reducing bureaucracy and improving service and regulation that, "The Israeli Government has adopted a policy of struggling to reduce bureaucracy.  This is no mere theoretical issue but is seeing the implementation of genuine measures, the goal of which is to improve services and regulation for the people."
PMO Dir.-Gen. Gabai told the OECD that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Government has given a high priority to the war on bureaucracy and that this is being combined with various reforms, such as that of the Israel Land Administration, reducing the bureaucratic impediments to doing business, Minister Michael Eitan’s initiative to improve service to the public, and the PMO Policy Planning Division’s efforts to improve efficiency in the various ministries’ working plans.
The three day (28-30.6.11) conference on reducing bureaucracy is the first of its kind being held in conjunction with the OECD on the issue of governance since Israel’s entry into the organization.  It is being held against the background of awareness that has been created in recent years regarding the need to increase the efficiency of government services and significantly reduce the bureaucracy encountered by citizens, business-owners and various public bodies.
During the conference, which is being held at the Foreign Ministry, senior Israeli officials, including ministry director-generals, will meet with OECD and foreign government experts, including OECD Deputy Secretary-General and former Dutch Social Affairs and Employment Minister Aart de Geus and Estonian State Secretary Heiki Loot.
Prime Minister Netanyahu, Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz, Justice Minister Yaakov Neeman, Industry, Trade and Labor Minister Shalom Simhon, National Infrastructures Minister Uzi Landau, Religious Services Minister Yaakov Margi and Minister Michael Eitan will attend tomorrow’s summary discussion.