The Analytical Center experts have rated regional heads on how much effort they put in to help promote competition in 2015. It’s the first time that efforts to promote competition by regional heads have been independently assessed on the basis of reports on the implementation of the provisions of the Competition Development Standard provided by regional governments. Assessment was carried out on the basis of 2 key indicators: the number and effectiveness of measures implemented by local governments to promote competition. The rating was topped by Voronezh oblast, Nizhny Novgorod oblast and Khabarovsk Krai. At the bottom of the list are Ingushetiya, Rostov oblast, Tver oblast and the republic of Crimea, TASS reports citing the document.
A total of 82 out of 85 Russian regions were rated (Altai, Kalmykia and Tuva did not provide report on implementing the Competition Development Standard and promoting competition). It should be noted that the regions that got the highest ratings started work on promoting competition earlier than the others: Nizhny Novgorod oblast and Khabarovsk Krai, which were rated first and second respectively, started implementing the Standard ahead of everyone else in 2014. The regions that got the lowest rating had only just started work on implementing the Standard, the report notes.
The rating should incentivize regional government to improve their performance at the most local level, the analysts are convinced. Krasnodar Krai and Yamalo-Nenetsky autonomous district developed specialized training and professional development programs for officials employed in the local self-governance authorities. Voronezh and Moscow oblasts, as well as Udmurtia, created a methodology for assessing and rating municipalities on their efforts to promote competition. Some regions have introduced original methods for studying and identifying problems that exist on the regional markets. For example, in Novosibirsk oblast, the quality and availability of state and municipal services are monitored while in the republics of Bashkortostan, Mordovia and Tatarstan, the popularity and reliability of the official sources of information for regional entrepreneurs and consumers are analyzed. Voronezh oblast and Mordovia have developed special approaches to prioritizing regional markets and sectors of the economy from the point of view of promoting competition.
It should be reminded that 4th Nov, 2014 the Russian president Vladimir Putin signed the decree No 705 on assessment of the performance of regional heads taking into account their efforts to promote competition on the basis of the Competition Development Standard for the regions of the Russian Federation. According to the Russian Government’s decree No 190-r dated 10th Feb, 2015, this same performance indicator is used in the assessment of regional executive authorities.
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