State Governance Efficiency on the Agenda

20 february 2016

Konstantin Noskov, the Head of the Analytical Center, and Mikhail Pryadilniko, the Deputy Head, took part in the events of the Krasnoyarsk Economic Forum’s third day.

Speaking at the brain storm on how state governance authorities could become the HQ for effective change, Mr. Noskov talked about the current educational efforts aimed at promoting project management methods. The Project Olimp contest organized by the Analytical Center demonstrated that even though project management practices enjoy some popularity they should not be viewed as a new fashionable trend because project management is only just being introduced into state governance and a lot of the time other approaches still remain more effective.

According to Mr. Noskov, today project management is used in areas where tangible results can be achieved such as construction and IT departments. But when it comes to institutional reform, the use of project management methods there presents more challenges. “There are not many examples of that in the world,” the expert said, “so we cannot just copy what somebody else has already done, we are going to have to come up with our own solutions.”

As far back as 2011, a number of project management standards were adopted and those, in Mr. Noskov’s opinion, are the best standards of this kind that allow for project management to be properly structured in various areas. “We do not want to write lots and lots of recommendations and force people to follow them, what we need is to lay down basic project management principles and let every project interpret them in its own way,” Mr. Noskov summed up.

Mikhail Pryadilnikov moderated a Round Table on how to build an effective state strategic planning system “The strategic documents of companies are not regulated by the Law on Strategic Planning in Russia which means that other mechanisms are needed to coordinate federal, regional and corporate strategies,” Mr. Pryadilnikov said, “first of all this applies to cooperation between state authorities and major corporations to develop consolidated positions regarding further development of the country.”

Without involvement of major companies and without information about the forecasts and development plans of state companies and other major corporations, effective planning is impossible, the expert noted. In addition, today’s situation in the economy is making many major companies change their investment plans and decisions without taking into account the socio-economic context and the strategic development goals of the regions. All of this is reducing the effectiveness of the measures planned by state authorities and complicating the socio-economic situation in the regions.

“At the current stage it is important to identify opportunities for cooperation and allocation of responsibility between the state and the business community when it comes to implementing strategic planning documents and find solutions to problems with the implementation of regional and industry strategies that rely on major projects being implemented by business and state companies,” Mr. Pryadilnikov believes. “For example, when a state company changes its investment project implementation plans for a certain region, this may have a significant impact on the long term development strategy of the region and its overall financial stability and attractiveness to other investors.”