On April 18th 2017, a press release was published on the TI Ukraine website. It was called
“NAKO names six steps the Government should take to rid Ukroboronprom of corruption”
In this press release, the Independent Defence Anti-Corruption Committee (NAKO) referred to the publication of Ukrayinska Pravda as of April 14th 2017 “Presidential Manager: Three Years of Schemes at Ukroboronprom”. It is worth noting that subsequently the author of the article has met with the representatives of the concern and received answers to the questions that he had previously raised in the media. The author wrote about this in his new article “Ukroboronprom: answers to crucial questions” in Ukrayisnka Pravda.
However, NAKO’s standpoint regarding reforms of the National concern “Ukroboronprom” remains unchanged. The Committee insists on the following steps to be taken by the government in regards to the concern:
– Complete the formation of the concern’s Supervisory Board. Most members of this body should be autonomous. An open public debate on candidates to the Supervisory Board is required.
– A clear reform blueprint of the concern should be put in place and made accessible for the public, including data on responsible authorities and timelines for implementation.
– Draft and adopt a Strategy for Development of Ukraine’s defense industrial complex as defined by the Concept for the Development of the Security and Defense Sector of Ukraine. The document was approved by Presidential Decree No. 92/2016 on March 14th 2016. The strategy should serve as a benchmark for reforming and developing the state defense industry.
– Create a central executive body which ensures the shaping and implementation of state military industrial policy. This may be a body with a special status for management and coordination of the defense industry, which will be subordinated to the first vice-prime-minister – the minister of economy.
– All enterprises of the State Enterprise “Ukroboronprom” should use the e-procurement system ProZorro and regularly publish reports on concluded contracts.
– Reduce levels of secrecy in financing and signing contracts for security and defense. Therefore, it is necessary to review the principles of secrecy in defense policy and make corresponding amendments to the Law “On State Secret” and to the Order of the Security Service of Ukraine No 440 of August 12th 2005 “On Approval of the Information Constituting State Secret“.