Results of UNDP Project for enhancement of lawmaking and RIA were summed upDec 23, 2016
On December 23, 2016, a Project Board Meeting of the UNDP Project "Support to the Enhancement of Law-making, Rule-making and Regulatory Impact Assessment (RIA)" was held in Poytakht Business Center to discuss the project's overall results achieved during operating period (2014 - 2016) and plans for the next phase.
The event was attended by Farid Garakhanov, UNDP Deputy Resident Representative in Uzbekistan, Farrukh Mukhamedov, National Project Coordinator, the Director of the Institute for Monitoring of Current Legislation under the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan, representatives of the Legislative chamber and the Senate of Oliy Majlis, the Ministry of Justice, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Lawyers’ Training Center, University of World Economy and Diplomacy, Tashkent State Law University and UNDP Country Office in Uzbekistan.
During 2014-2016, Project supported national partners in following areas:
· 12 draft legislative acts and methodologies were prepared for enhancement of rulemaking and RIA, parliamentary oversight, public consultations, anti-corruption screening of draft legislation, international treaties implementation into national legislation framework
· public consultations of new laws and regulations were boosted through support in launching and enhancement of public consultations platform on Unified Portal of Interactive Public Services and www.regulation.gov.uz web-site. As a result, as of today, over 50 % of all legal acts adopted annually pass through public consultations, 60 % of proposals and comments of citizens and business were considered and accepted.
· Training Course Programs on anti-corruption screening of legal acts and RIA were prepared and introduced in Lawyers Training Center under the Ministry of Justice. Since, January 2016 these programs were integrated into Center’s existing training syllabus and since then, 410 representatives of government agencies attended RIA trainings and 600 -anti-corruption screening of legal acts.
· Activity of interagency working group under the Senate of Oliy Majlis on implementation of international treaties was supported, including drafting necessary legal acts, conducting inventory of international treaties implementation in environment protection sphere, preparing TOR for technical enhancement of international treaties section on National legislation database www.lex.uz.
· 12 various knowledge products, including practical manuals, infographics, analytical papers and Policy Briefs on RIA, anticorruption screening, parliamentary oversight and international treaties implementation and best international practices were prepared and disseminated among ministries and agencies, citizens and experts and academia.
· 14 international and domestic level conferences, trainings, seminars have been organized.
· 22 international experts from 11 countries (UK, USA, Germany, Belgium, Switzerland, Australia, Canada, Singapore, Korea, Romania and Russia) were involved for fulfilling of Project activities
· A study visit to the UK on regulatory reform has been organized with the participation of representatives of the national partners.
Following key areas of the Project’s activities for the next phase in 2017-2020 were announced at the meeting:
1. Enhancement of capacity of the Institute for Monitoring of Current Legislation in drafting and scrutinizing of new legislation.
2. Support of the Executive in drafting new legislation of high quality in accordance with international standards and using the full range of RIA to decrease regulatory burden.
3. Support capacity building of both Chambers of the Parliament in scrutinizing draft laws in accordance with international standards and implementing parliamentary control in priority fields, declared in the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN.
4. Enhancement of treaties system and legal framework of foreign political activities and international affairs of the Republic of Uzbekistan with a glance at international standards.
At the end of the meeting, national coordinator and senior management of UNDP in Uzbekistan thanked the participants and noted that the Project’s Phase 2 fully reflects of the Government goals to ensure the rule of law through consistent work aimed at enhancement of draft legislation directly regulating public relations, drastic reduction of departmental regulations, timely informing the people and executing agencies about content and the meaning of the laws, law enforcement and strict compliance, improving legal culture of the society, ensuring effective dialogue with the people to through broad public consultations on draft legislation.