“Regions currently are and will continue to be primary authors of reforms in all areas of public administration. There are many supporting cases. For example, regional governments were the first to embark on the implementation of the regulatory and supervisory authorities’ reform," said Deputy Head of the Analytical Center Mikhail Pryadilnikov in his opening address to the participants in the panel discussion titled “Reforming constituent entities of the Russian Federation. Pressing issues”. The panelists discussed the key administration patterns and trends, as well as the potential of new approaches to boosting public administration efficiency in the regions of Russia.
Vice President of the Center for Strategic Research Maria Shklyaruk noted that what is lacking today is a single strategic policy document that could serve as a reference on the federal level. The strategy developed by the Center for Strategic Research, defines education, health-care, and technological development as its priorities. The expert believes that one of the priority tasks with regard to drafting this strategic document is to effect a nationwide transformation of public administration.
“One of the problems associated with the system of public administration is the lack of consistent priorities in social and economic development and the insufficient coordination between the industrial and the regional policies," says Deputy Head of the Department for Regional Policy and Far East Development of the Analytical Center Anton Steshenko. The expert also listed the key challenges, such as the lack of a single strategic planning center and of accurate online statistical data, as well as the excess of control at all levels and a shortage of qualified specialists. “Consistent work on the priorities is impeded by the ministries and government agencies being overloaded with current assignments. For all that, the priority of tasks is selected not according to their importance and relevance for the region, but rather with regard to the status of the institution that has set a specific task. The expert claims that a mere 30 % of measures envisaged by the strategy are implemented within the established time limits. What is important here is to tackle the public administration reforms by building an effective structure and implementing a personnel reform, says Mr. Steshenko.
First Deputy Head of Administration of Tambov Oblast Alexander Ganov spoke about the new, modern approaches to boosting the efficiency of public administration in the context of implementing new regional development strategy. Mr. Ganov describes this as a public and municipal administration reform which involves active collaboration of the government and business sectors and the general public. “As far as provision of public and municipal services in our region is concerned, we expect an efficiently operating system based on the ‘one-stop’ principle, the availability of human resources required, provision of public and municipal services within the system of Multiservice centers, based on the principles of extraterritoriality and ensuring people can benefit from our services within a walking distance from their homes,” summed up Mr. Ganov.
The experts on the panel have agreed that an efficient government machinery is an important factor behind a region’s economic growth because this is where all decisions on strategic priorities are made, including decisions which take into account the public opinion.
Program (in Russian)