Discussions focused on identifying and preventing corruption in such sectors as education, medicine, law enforcement, the judiciary, municipalities and other government agencies.
“How do we know when it is corruption?” asked Irina Krasnova, deputy CCI head in Tolyatti, during a session led by ABA ROLI expert Vadim Bondar, referring to offering a government contract or a job to a friend. While some of the participants thought such a decision was corrupt, others were sure that “this is how we find good people” to hire. Bondar said that there is no clear answer to the question as the answer would depend on several issues, including the qualifications of the friend and the process used to evaluate applicants.
The event follows an April 18 conference that ABA ROLI and the CCI held to explore trends in counteracting corruption. The events were organized to support ongoing anti-corruption initiatives and to make local businesspeople aware of those initiatives.
During the September roundtable, Alexander Dementyev, a former deputy of Moscow Region assembly, spoke about new mechanisms for combating corruption in state purchase and state contracts. Providing in-depth analysis of a March 2013 anti-corruption legislation, which governs the procurement of goods and services by municipalities, he emphasized the need for conducting meticulous procurement processes, including hearings and appeals procedures.
To supplement the roundtables, ABA ROLI and Transparency International have developed an anti-corruption manual, which is now available on the CCI’s website. Elena Buzyreva, head of the CCI Business Center in Novorossiysk, also said that as a result of the event, “CCI Novorossiysk will take the lead in drafting an anti-corruption municipal program for the city of Novorossiysk, and ensure that it is enforced.”
At the end of the event, an evaluation survey showed that most participants felt more confident in addressing anti-corruption matters and planned to use training materials from the event in their work.
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