Moscow and the World Bank discussed cooperation in the framework of the Doing business rating

02.10.2020

Representatives of the Moscow authorities participated in a video conference with Jean Arlet, a private sector development specialist at the World Bank’s Global Practice in Finance, Competitiveness and Investment, on the prospects for cooperation under the Doing Business rating in the area of Obtaining building permits.

“The online meeting discussed the preparation of a Memorandum on reforms, within the framework of which further recommendations will be formed for Russia to carry out reforms, which should ultimately lead to an increase in the country’s position in the Doing Business ratin”, – said Sergey Levkin, head of the Moscow City Planning Policy Department.

As part of the video conference, the speakers discussed reforms in the field of construction, both promising and implemented in recent years. Nadezhda Karavanova, deputy head of the Moscow City Planning Policy Department, as well as representatives of the Ministry of Construction and the Government of St. Petersburg, spoke about the digitalization of state services in construction, and about the transfer of resource-supplying organizations to online services.

“In addition, the representative of the World Bank was informed about the new procedure for conducting engineering surveys on the basis of the established information technology infrastructure. In addition, the meeting was about optimizing certain procedures in the urban planning sector and reducing the time for applicants to receive permits”, – he added.

According to Sergey Levkin, the previous Memorandum on Reforms was prepared by a team of World Bank specialists in April 2017.

“In 2017-2019, Russia rose in the World Bank ranking by” Obtaining building permits “by 89 positions from 115 to 26 places. This result was possible, including thanks to the efforts of the city authorities, which, at the direction of Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin, have been working to reduce administrative procedures in construction since 2011”, – concluded Sergey Levkin.

Source: Moscow Urban Planning Policy Department

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