Alexander Galushka: The Russian Far East to Get a Special Model for Control and Supervision
“The Ministry for Development of the Russian Far East develops a special model for control and supervision in the Far East”, Alexander Galushka, Minister for Development of the Russian Far East, announced at the panel discussion "The Russian Far East: Entrepreneurship Supporting Activities" held as a part of the VI Annual Conference "100 Steps to Favorable Investment Climate".
"We can implement a special model for control and supervision. This is documented at the summary forum held by our Ministry and the Prosecutor General's Office. We have agreed upon a consolidated position with the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade. We are preparing such an alternative model for control and supervision in the Russian Far East, priority development areas, and Free Port of Vladivostok. It will be presented in the near future", the Minister emphasized.
Following the poll results for small and mid-sized businesses of the Russian Far East, tax office was the most ‘pressurizing’ authority. 35% of entrepreneurs gave that answer. The Federal Service on Consumers' Rights Protection and Human Well-Being Surveillance (Rospotrebnadzor) took the second place with 16.5%. The third place was taken by the Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance (Rosselkhoznadzor). The fourth place was held by the Ministry of Emergency Situations, and the fifth place was taken by the Ministry of Internal Affairs with 9.5%. More than half of the investors of priority development areas and the Free Port faced various inspections.
The problem of excessive control and supervision exercised by regulatory authorities became one of the main issues of the last discussion. Andrey Belousov, Assistant to the President of the Russian Federation, spoke about the need to develop a special model for control and supervision. According to him, it is necessary to launch pilot projects and introduce new initiatives to improve investment climate.
Svetlana Chupsheva, CEO of the Agency for Strategic Initiatives, President of all-Russian public organization of small and medium business "OPORA ROSSII", heads of regions and entrepreneurs spoke about pressure reduction. More than 80 percent of entrepreneurs and investors face inspections during their first year of activities. Usually, such inspections are not planned and not approved by the prosecutor's offices.
The Ministry for Development of the Russian Far East together with the Prosecutor General's Office introduced mechanisms to reduce administrative pressure. Any investor working in the Far East may contact a specially created working group and complain on regulatory authorities' work by sending an e-mail to the address email@example.com.
"There is a contact e-mail, we are prepared to react, to understand and help in resolving any problems of investors on-line. It is a serious and acute problem. We must solve it", Alexander Galushka concluded.
It is worthy of note that Vladimir Putin, President of the Russian Federation, spoke about the need to reduce administrative burden on entrepreneurs at a meeting of the State Council presidium dedicated to the issues of comprehensive social and economic development of the Russian Far East regions which took place in Vladivostok in September.