International Consultant provides a 5-day training session on Regulatory Impact Assessment: Methodology and Tools

Today the training session on the Regulatory Impact Assessment: Methodology and Tools was launched. It has been organized by joint efforts of the World Bank and the National Centre for Legislative Regulation (NCLR) and is aimed at strengthening the capacity of Regulatory Reform Unit of the Government of Armenia on Regulatory Impact Assessment. The whole team of the National Centre for Legislative Regulation is on training by Dr. Lorenzo Allio, Owner and Director of allio|rodrigo consulting, who collaborates with the NCLR as International Consultant.

The objective of the training is to increase the understanding by NCLR experts of evidence-based decision-making in general, and Regulatory Impact Assessment (RIA) in particular, to outline and investigate how to make operational the key analytical steps constituting RIA, to undertake simulated exercises of a typical RIA, to review different approaches to RIA, based on international experience and to discuss how impact assessment can be introduced into the government system in Armenia.

″This is the first initiative to build capacity of the NCLR team in RIA, - said Dr. Armen Yeghiazaryan, Director of the NCLR at the training opening session. The agenda of the training is quite comprehensive. During those days all the NCLR experts will have a unique opportunity to learn the fundamental elements of RIA, its instruments and process, best practice in the world and the real benefits that it can provide to our country. We have already done an extensive job in cutting costs and eliminating regulations that are burdens for businesses and citizens, now the time has come to make a ground that will keep the legislative base business-friendly and help the economy growth″.

″A number of factors make RIA systems perform well. First, political demand for analytical work is key. Second, roles and responsibilities need to be clearly allocated. Third, the level of capacities and expertise within both technical departments in line ministries and in the oversight body needs to be adequate. This seminar addresses this latter factor. It is designed in conjunction with an upgraded RIA Manual. I am impressed by the commitment and skills of the participants to familiarise with the various new notions and practices to enhance evidence-based decision-making″,  - said Dr. Lorenzo Allio.

At the beginning Dr. Allio gave an introduction to RIA and presented the rationale to establish a RIA process in support of decision-making. Also, the concept of policy-making and policy cycle was addressed in more depth.

Discussing the mechanics of RIA – he characterised the problem and set the baseline. Considering, that the problem identification is arguably the most important single component of a RIA, it outlined the pitfalls most commonly faced when characterising the problem and the main methodologies used to effectively disentangle cause-effects relationships and addressed the way on how RIA drafters need to address the so-called "no action” option.

The training session will continue for four more days and cover the RIA methodologies, topics of data collection and public consultation, impacts of public policy, formulating options and balancing the impacts, RIA expertise in EU and CEECs.
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