Moscow discussing reforming the building industry with the world bank


World Bank experts working on the Doing Business 2021 rating discussed with Russian representatives current plans and results of work to reduce construction procedures. This was announced today by the head of the Moscow City Planning Policy Department, Sergey Levkin.

“The Russian side was attended by representatives of the Ministry of Construction, as well as executive authorities of Moscow and St. Petersburg, in the videoconference, which took place the day before. The World Bank was represented by experts led by Rita Ramallo, senior manager of the Global Indicators Group (including the Doing Business indicator)”, said Sergey Levkin.

According to the head of the department, during the videoconference, reforms in the construction sector were discussed, both promising and implemented over the past year, as well as proposals for the World Bank experts to consider shortened construction procedures in the current year.

“In Moscow today, more than 90 percent of all applications for government services in the field of construction are filed electronically. Relatively recently, an electronic service appeared on the portal, thanks to which it is possible to file electronic applications for connection to electric, heat, gas, water supply networks and drainage networks. The developers have been waiting for this service for a long time, and we get the best reviews about its work”, said Sergey Levkin.

The head of the department noted that as a result of work carried out in recent years, it was possible to reduce the terms for issuing urban development plans for land plots from 20 to 14 business days, and the deadlines for days for issuing building permits and commissioning from 7 to 5 workers. In addition, due to the digitization of archival materials of engineering surveys and the provision of access to them to survey organizations, the terms for engineering surveys have been reduced.

He recalled that according to the results of the World Bank’s Doing Business annual ranking in 2019, Russia climbed from 31st to 28th place and for the first time entered the top 30 countries with the most favorable business conditions. The growth of the country’s positions was made possible, among other things, thanks to the reform of the provision of services in the construction industry in Moscow. So, in the direction “Obtaining building permits”, Russia rose in 22 positions in 2019, taking 26th place among the 190 countries evaluated.

Source: Moscow City Planning Policy Department

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