The Governor of Voronezh region held Council meeting for competition development

February 25, a meeting of Council for facilitation the development of competition in Voronezh region was held under the chairmanship of Alexei Gordeev.

The Council was established in accordance with requirements embedded in regional standard of competition to deal with issues of improving regional competition policy.

Representatives of business and academic community, Chamber of Commerce and Industry, regional branch of Russian public organization for small and medium business «Support of Russia», regional employers' association «Council of Industrialists and Voronezh Region Entrepreneurs» and other public organizations representing the interests of entrepreneurs and consumers serve on a committee.

The Head of the region emphasized that the issue of competition is the most important indicator of market economy quality.

The Governor said that competition is the main engine of progress and production quality of goods or provision of certain services and government had to work constantly to get a competitive economy, including spheres such as healthcare, education and culture.

Alexei Gordeev noted that one of the most important directions of this work to conduct the first monitoring of regional goods and services market based on the result of 2015. This study has provided information on current state of affairs in the business community, its plans and moods.

At the meeting it was marked that this monitoring was attended by executive authorities responsible for competition promotion in regional market for goods and services with local authorities also, which have signed an agreement on Standard implementation, non-governmental organizations representatives of business entities interests.

Questionnaires were covered all districts and social groups of the region, as well as activity spheres. The study was conducted in several work areas, including study of administrative barriers, consumer satisfaction with goods and services quality, price competition status and natural monopolies activity.

It was noted that the results of this survey have indicated a strengthening of competition in product markets of the region. Meanwhile, low level of competition was fixed in some market segments. For example, citizens dissatisfied with quality of consulting, tourist services, high prices for medicines and healthcare.

In addition, it identified the lack of satisfaction of the population in choice of services such as children's recreation and health services, supplementary education, psychological and pedagogical support for children with special needs, cultural sphere and social services. At Council meeting, it was decided to include them in the list of socially important markets, as well as to update the plan for regional competition development for the next three years.

The Governor mentioned that updated «work flow chart» would make market more transparent and open. In addition, Alexei Gordeev suggested hearing heads of districts, which are outsiders in such point of the research, as administrative barriers at the next meeting of Council for promotion of competition.

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