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Business Against Barriers
In Transbaikalia, officials and entrepreneurs discuss together measures necessary to support business
A regional business forum “Work in Transbaikalia” was held in Chita, which gathered more than 200 Transbaikal entrepreneurs at their sites. They completed an online survey: “Do you think that there are fewer administrative barriers to business?” The office of the Ombudsman for Entrepreneurs' Rights in the region noted that neither the business nor the regulatory authorities noticed a decrease in barriers. How to remove them without consequences, entrepreneurs and officials decided together.
Victoria Bessonova, Commissioner for the Protection of Entrepreneurs' Rights in the Trans-Baikal Territory, became a co-organizer of one of the forum sites - an expert session: “Standby time: lowering administrative barriers”. The session was moderated by Oleg Skufinsky, deputy envoy to the Far Eastern Federal District; Vyacheslav Makarov, federal inspector of the Trans-Baikal Territory, heads of business associations of the region, also became speakers of the session.
Victoria Bessonova presented to the participants the indicators of the Trans-Baikal Territory in the Administrative Pressure Index - 2019, compiled by the business ombudsman apparatus. It was formed according to the indicators of seven departments: Rospotrebnadzor, Rostekhnadzor, Rosprirodnadzor, Rosselkhoznadzor, EMERCOM, housing and weight control.
“The Trans-Baikal Territory took the 30 place among the 81 region in the Administrative Pressure Index, but among the subjects of the Far Eastern Federal District we are not the first ones and we have something to strive for. The main problems in the sphere of control and supervision are related to the increase in the penalty load, the replacement of inspections with other control measures, there are still excessive requirements for business and not all departments have introduced the warning principle as the first punishment, ”said Victoria Bessonova.
The leaders of the business associations of the region noted the administrative barriers that affect the development of business in the region, among them: tariffs for thermal energy, high penalty load, problems of interaction with business at the municipal level.
After the speakers' speeches, an open dialogue was held between entrepreneurs and representatives of the control and supervision bodies. Entrepreneurs voiced problems related to the lack of control over illegal business, the high tax rate on property of individuals, and the excess by supervisory authorities of their powers to expand the subject of inspections. In addition, entrepreneurs voiced problems of pressure on the activities of organizations from the Rospotrebnadzor and the tax service.
To teach, not punish
At the end of the event, Victoria Bessonova again conducted an online survey, asking the audience to identify the most effective measures to reduce pressure on the business. Among the presented answer options, the leading position was taken by a measure related to a change in approaches to inspections: to teach, not to punish. Business noted that inspections are needed, but the approach to conducting them on the part of supervisors should change.
“I would like to thank Oleg Aleksandrovich Skufinsky for such close attention to issues related to administrative pressure in Transbaikalia. Some of the questions voiced by entrepreneurs will be considered by the apparatus of the authorized jointly with the chief federal inspector of the Trans-Baikal Territory, the apparatus of the plenipotentiary of the president in the Far Eastern Federal District and options for their resolution will be identified, ”said Victoria Bessonova.
It was these problems at a meeting with entrepreneurs that the acting governor of the Trans-Baikal Territory, Alexander Osipov, had previously said.
“Today, the main locomotive of economic development, of course, is entrepreneurship. Creating the conditions for his work, supporting the business are the priority of the work of the regional government. Unfortunately, the Trans-Baikal Territory today occupies one of the last places in the investment climate. To change the situation is our task. In addition to my attitude, there is also a presidential assignment, on the basis of which, the subjects of the Far Eastern Federal District should occupy at least 30 place in the rating of the investment climate, ”said Alexander Osipov.
The head of the region emphasized that developing a business and creating favorable conditions for an entrepreneurial initiative is a task that is facing, among other things, the municipal authorities.