The government contracts in exchange for world Bank

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The Ministry of economic development approved the transfer of functions to the Ministry of Finance on regulation of contract system, but instead requests the authority for cooperation with The World Bank


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The Ministry of economic development approved the transfer to the Treasury all powers under the contract system, said in a letter to the MAYOR, the Ministry of Finance. Instead, the Minister of economic development Maxim Oreshkin was asked to transfer to the jurisdiction of the mayor of the Federal state statistics service and the authority for cooperation with the world Bank (WB). The head of the MAYOR stressed that the sharing functionality will occur without a change in regular number and Fund of payment of labour, Ministry of economic development.

The Ministry of economic development approved the transfer to the Treasury all powers under the contract system. The letter was signed on March 24, Deputy Minister of economic development Nikolai Podguzov, who at that time was acting Minister until Maxim Oreshkin was on a business trip (this newspaper has seen a copy of the document). The letter notes that the transfer of authority for the contract system will occur without the transfer of the Ministry of Finance staffing and payroll MAYOR.

At the same time Maxim Oreshkin appealed to Dmitry Medvedev with a request to transfer to the jurisdiction of the Ministry of economic development, Rosstat and authority for interaction with the world Bank (a copy of this letter is at the disposal of “Izvestia”).

— Given that the work on elaboration of state policy in the sphere of analysis and forecasting of socio-economic development and development of respective measures to stimulate economic growth the responsibility of the Ministry (of economic development. — Ed.) it seems appropriate to impose responsibility for interaction with the WB Group at the Ministry of economic development of Russia, — says Maxim Oreshkin, the Prime Minister.

In the case of transfer to the Rosstat, Ministry of economic development Maxim Oreshkin calls his priorities, “harmonization of systems for collecting and processing information from the systems of the FTS and FTS, and also the introduction of new high-tech ways of collecting, processing and providing information that will ease the burden on business”.

Business today often complains of extremely complex documents, which they must keep with Rosstat. Entrepreneurs often report that communication with Rosstat more difficult and time consuming than with the tax — said the “Izvestia” the representative of one of the business associations, who wished to remain anonymous.

Maxim Oreshkin writes that in connection with the transfer of the Treasury functions under the contract system, the authority for coordination with the world Bank, as well as “on improvement of state management in the sphere of official statistical accounting” is proposed without redistribution of staff of the Ministry of economic development and within the existing payroll. According to the Minister of economic development, “these measures will strengthen the authority of the Russian Federation in the global financial system”.

Maxim Oreshkin does not specify a desired time for the transfer to the jurisdiction of the MAYOR of Rosstat and functions for interaction with the world Bank. However, the draft presidential decree on the submission of Rosstat, Ministry of economic development (a copy is in “News”) States that the decree shall enter into force from the date of its signing and for four months is necessary to bring it in accordance with all government regulations.

Professor of the Department of state regulation of economy of the Institute of state service and administration of Russian presidential Academy of national economy and public administration (Ranepa), Valery Abramov, be wary of these changes.

— According to recognized standards the Rosstat should be completely independent and Autonomous. I am afraid that after their submission to the Ministry of economic development, Rosstat may be under pressure. As for the transfer of the economic development authority in cooperation with the world Bank, it is like pulling the blanket. Instead of implementing the function, which entrusted the Ministry of economic development, economic growth, the Agency is trying to occupy a niche in the power structure. So I’ve been careful about it all — said Valery Abramov.

Director of the Institute of strategic analysis FBK Igor Nikolaev believes that before the presidential election in 2018, it is better to leave the authority for cooperation with the world Bank at the Ministry of Finance:

— The issue of transfer functions in relationship with the world Bank may not be as obvious as the transfer of control over public procurement in the Ministry of Finance and Rosstat, in the subordination of the Ministry of economic development. Rosstat should be an independent body. The Ministry of Finance — fiscal authority, control over the contract system, in fact, not needed. As for the world Bank, do not see urgent need to change the Russian negotiator with him. Until the election of 2018 to interact with the world Bank may Finance.

The world Bank in Russia, traditionally the most is working with the Ministry of Finance. The partnership strategy of world Bank with Russia from 2011 involves the implementation of several joint projects with the Agency, including to improve financial literacy. In addition to the joint initiatives, the world Bank also independently and regularly produces macroeconomic reports for the economic development of Russia, as well as making reports on the Russian economy. These functions are similar to what does the MAYOR.

In a press-service of the Ministry of Finance declined to comment. The press service of the Ministry of economic development on the request of “Izvestia” about the possible transfer of authority by the MAYOR on interaction with the world Bank said that “such proposals are not familiar”.