Amman, (16/06/2015) The King Abdullah II Center for Excellence (KACE) held a workshop entitled "Regional Development" over two days the 15th and the 16th of June 2015 in the Landmark Hotel. The workshop was presented by Professor Michel Thiolliere who discussed major topics regarding the Regional Development and gave practical examples on the subject.
On the first day of the workshop, Professor Michel Thiolliere tackled several important topics relating to the state, the local authorities, decentralization, and strategy building. He also presented a case study (on French cities) to be taken as a model for learning and application, and explained the methodology of building a strategy after industrial disasters take place.
On the second day, the main topics which were discussed were government services, outsourcing, a look at the perspective of state and local authorities, preventive principles and civil protection, and institutions in the face of major accidents. At the end of the workshop a discussion took place regarding the role of institutions as local authorities.
It should be noted that Professor Michel Thiolliere is working as Commissioner at « Commission de Régulation de l’Energie », France, from 2010-2015, and Vice-president of the Council of European Energy Regulators (CEER) for the period 2011-2015
He worked as a President of MedReg (association of Energy National Regulators Authorities of 21 countries in the Mediterranean).
Mr. Michel was elected as a Deputy mayor of the City of St-Etienne for City planning (1983-1994), member of the department Council (1985-1998) VP of the Rhone-Alpes Regional Council (1998-2001), in charge of Higher Education, Research and Culture.
He was a mayor of the city of St-Etienne and President of the Metropolitan Council “Saint-Etienne Metropole” (population: 400 000) from 1994 through 2008. Mr. Michel was awarded 5th position in 2006 World mayors’ Awards.
He worked as a senator from 2001 through 2010, Vice president of the Culture, media, education Committee.
It is worth mentioning that the King Abdullah II Center for Excellence (KACE) has introduced in 2015 the policy of holding a series of sessions which consist of three workshops during which the participant is committed to attend all stages in order to receive a certificate accredited by the Center and the National School at the end of the year. Also, a mechanism will be adopted for calculating the training hours within the participating employee’s career for promotion purposes.
The first workshop in this field was held under the title "Public institutions and their policies" in March, which makes the "Regional Development" workshop the second one, and the third will be held before the end of 2015.