On February 11, the Ministry of Finance submitted to the Government its Concept for the participation of external companies (advisors) in the reform of customs offices of the State Fiscal Service of Ukraine.
The Ministry of Finance of Ukraine is actively working to implement institutional changes in the areas it is in charge for. These changes are meant to substantially improve the quality of public services provided to citizens and business as well as to remove opportunities for arbitrary approach and corruption, first of all – in the work of the State Fiscal Service of Ukraine.
For this purpose, the Ministry of Finance has been pursuing a systemic reform of the State Fiscal Service since June 2015. This reform was agreed with the IMF and adopted by the Government of Ukraine. The reform must be implemented within 2 years. To reduce corruption at the customs authorities and to adopt best international practices for the customs reform, the Ministry of Finance also elaborate the above Concept for the participation of external companies (advisors) in the reform of customs offices of the State Fiscal Service of Ukraine and presented it to the Government. The Concept outlines the key tasks, objectives and stages of the selection procedure as well as sets criteria for the candidates to be entitled as international advisors for the Ukrainian customs authorities.
The aim of the participation of advisors in the customs operations in Ukraine is to reduce space for corruption, to simplify customs clearance procedures for diligent companies, to enhance the institutional capacities of the customs authorities in their key activity areas and thus to contribute to the increase of revenues for the state budget of Ukraine. “We are convinced that engaging an international company (advisor) with a flawless reputation and solid experience in the management and reform of customs offices in other countries will help us significantly enhance the personnel of the customs offices and hire professionals without corruption experience and connections at the customs authorities of Ukraine”, Minister of Finance Natalie Jaresko said.