Expert Council under the Ministry of Economic Development upgrades the contract system

26th March 2014

The Council includes experts - representatives of business and academic community

Expert Council on contractual relations was established under the Ministry of Economic Development. Its aim is to improve public procurement system in the country. The Order was signed by the Minister of Economic Development of the Russian Federation Alexey ULYUKAYEV.

The council includes 15 experts, including members of non-governmental organizations, representing small, medium and large business, representatives of anti-corruption organizations and civil activists, and representatives of higher education institutions. The Council will accumulate all the comments associated with the operation of the contract system; propose appropriate changes to improve the legislation of the Russian Federation in the field of procurement.

The Council's work is based on the principles of transparency and all information on its activities will be published on the Council's website.

The main goal of the Council will be elaboration of measures aimed at developing the procurement system, fair competition, transparency and raising efficiency of budget spending.

 “The annual volume of government bodies’ procurement at different levels accounts for more than $ 8 trillion rubles, volume of purchases by companies with state participation, unitary enterprises, budget and autonomous institutions is more than 9 trillion. Thus, about 25 percent of GDP is redistributed through contractual relationships system so this system is the main tool for enforcing the state's commitments to citizens and a powerful mechanism for the development of domestic business, including small and medium entrepreneurship”, - said the Director of the Department for Contract System Development of the Ministry of Economic Development Maxim CHEMERISOV.

The first meeting of the Council, where new legislative changes to improve contractual relations will be considered, will be held in April.

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