From 17 to 21 March 2014, the Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs (RUIE) is holding its annual Russian Business Week (RBW), a key event that discusses and presents proposals on topical areas of possible collaboration between the state and business.
On the first day of the event, Andrey Klimenko, Director of the Institute for Public Administration and Municipal Management of NRU HSE, appeared as a moderator at the session titled "Industrial Safety: the Role of Business and State in Reducing the Risks". Participants of the discussion noted the need to achieve safety objectives by rationalising the work of the corresponding control and supervisory agencies, allowing likewise for the need to reduce business costs
The system for public discussion of major procurement requires both technical and legislative adjustment. This is the opinion of experts, who analysed the practice of such discussions in line with the law on the contractual system. The procedure itself is regulated by order of the Ministry for Economic Development, which has to be worked on further, believe participants of the open meeting of 11 March, devoted to the practice of discussing contracts "for billions".
The first stage in the application of the new law on the contracts system has revealed a number of problems pertaining to the placement of government orders, of which the most acute involve human resources and technology issues. Representatives of interested parties discussed these problems at a round table, organised under the aegis of the Open Government at the Krasnoyarsk Economic Forum.
Head of the Legislative Reform Department of the Centre for Regional Programmes to Enhance Public and Municipal Administration at IPAMM NRU HSE Veronica Dzhuzhoma took part in the round table discussion, entitled "The Contracts System: now underway. Pilot experience in enhancing the effectiveness of public procurement."
A working session of HSE experts has been held in Ulyanovsk Region, devoted to updating the Regional Development Programme to 2020.
"The region has a number of specific advantages over other constituent entities of the Russian Federation. These are a favourable transport and geographical location, high-tech sectors for aviation, device and machine tool construction, a well-developed investment infrastructure and much, much more,", comments Ilya Akishin, expert from the Centre for Regional Programmes to Enhance Public and Municipal Administration at IPAMM NRU HSE.
The adoption of the law on public control, amendments to the law on non-profit organisations, the provision of quotas for free training of public controllers, the creation of an industry-based platform to unite public controllers and the register and rating of controllers, based on specific results, will all help to stimulate public organisations get involved in control issues related to procurement. This is the conclusion reached by members of a working group of the Expert Council under the Russian Government at a meeting on 13 February, devoted to development of effective public control over public procurement.
How can strategic planning influence economic growth in the Russian regions? HSE experts endeavoured to answer this question at the round table discussion "Improving mechanisms for implementing regional strategies, allowing for the requirements of the draft law on strategic planning", held on 11 February.
The Centre for Regional Programmes to Enhance Public and Municipal Administration at IPAMM NRU HSE, in collaboration with the Institute of Economics of Energy and Utilities of HSE, has elaborated a draft Investment Strategy for the Vladimir Region. The document defines the key directions of the region’s investment policy until 2020 and it is called upon to facilitate the dynamic development of the economy of the Vladimir Region and an improvement in the well-being of its residents.
A Concept for Improving State Social Support for the Public in the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia) is called on to improve the living conditions of individual categories of citizens and families with children in Yakutia. A strategic document on social support for the republic’s population was elaborated by the Centre for Regional Programmes to Enhance Public and Municipal Administration at IPAMM NRU HSE, together with the State Innovation Policy and Science Committee of the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia).
The Government has confirmed that everything is ready for the entry into effect of the new Federal Contracts System (FCS) from 1 January. With this system savings are expected on public procurement of at least a trillion roubles over three years. At the same time, the year 2014 will be a transitional year for the FCS.
On 13-14 December 2013, Kazan hosted the inter-regional conference The Contractual System in Purchases of Goods, Work and Services to Provide for Public and Municipal Needs.
The conference was held by the Ministry of Economic Development of the Russian Federation together with the office of the authorised representative of the Russian Federation President in the Volga Federal District, with the support of the Russian Finance Ministry and the leadership of the Republic of Tatarstan.
The conference was addressed by Veronica Dzhuzhoma, head of the legislative reform department of the Centre of Regional Programmes for Public and Municipal Management Improvement of IPAMM NRU HSE, who presented the report On results of a pilot project for testing separate institutions of the contractual system as part of preparations for entry into force of Federal Law No. 44-FZ.