UK Practices of Better Regulation are Being Studied by National ExpertsApr 8, 2016
A roundtable, organized by UNDP, the Institute for Monitoring the Current Legislation under the President of Uzbekistan (IMCL) and the UK Embassy in Uzbekistan, highlighted the practice of the United Kingdom for enhancement of lawmaking and rulemaking and ways it could be applied in Uzbekistan, was held in Tashkent, Uzbekistan.
The roundtable was dedicated to the outcomes of a study visit by an Uzbek delegation to the UK organized within framework of “Support to Enhancement of Lawmaking, Rulemaking and Regulatory Impact Assessment” UNDP project with a financial support of the British Embassy in Tashkent, and with assistance of the Uzbek Embassy in the UK, the main purpose of which was to learn from UK experience in carry out the regulatory reforms and improving the regulatory environment.
The delegation consisted of representatives of IMCL, Members of Legislative Chamber of Parliament, the Cabinet of Ministers, and the Ministries of Justice and Economy. Members of thedelegation held meetings with representatives of Regulatory Reform Committee of the House of Commons, Secondary Legislation Scrutiny Committee of the House of Lords, the Better Regulation Executive and Better Regulation Delivery Office under the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, as well as Dentons, the world’s largest law firm by headcount.
The study visit to the UK, which took place on 20-25 March 2016, gave the delegation an opportunity to share practice of Uzbekistan and explore the UK practice in introducing and ensuring effective implementation of the regulatory impact assessment system and in increasing the quality of law-making, inlcuding anti-corruption expertise, reduction of administrative burden on business and excelling the public administration.
More specifically, members of the delegation learned about procedures for considering and scrutinizing drafts of regulations at the abovementioned committees of the British Parliament, and ensuring quality in both primary legislation (Acts of Parliament or Statutes) and secondary legislation (Statutory Instruments). The visit also enabled them to learn how the public is involved in the discussion of bills as well as about the ‘one-in, two-out’ principle, which was introduced by the UK Government to minimise the burden that new regulations impose on small businesses; the ‘sunset clause’, a measure within a statute, regulation or other law that provides that the law shall cease to have effect after a specific date, unless further legislative action is taken to extend the law; “statement of new regulation” (SNR), a publication twice a year (July and December) of information about the new UK and EU business regulations that will come into force in the next 6 months and existing regulations that will be removed or modified in the next 6 months.
Another tool of interest to the delegation was the Red Tape Challenge, the government’s effort to cut unnecessary regulation that has saved UK businesses £10 billion over the past four years. It also aims to make the UK the best country for doing business in Europe.
In welcoming speeches, IMCL Director Farrukh Mukhamedov, UN Resident Coordinator in Uzbekistan Stefan Priesner, and the British Ambassador Christopher Allan all noted the efficiency of regulatory reforms, measure taken to enhance the quality of laws, and to simplify the environment for doing business in Uzbekistan, also emphasized on the importance of sharing best national and learning the international practices in implementation and enhancing the system for Regulatory Impact Assessment.
UNDP “Support to Enhancement of Lawmaking, Rulemaking and Regulatory Impact Assessment” project manager Farrukh Karabaev, made a presentation on current trends in regulatory framework, procedures for passing laws, the effectiveness of instruments for legislation simplification as well as regulatory innovations introduced in the UK.
Senior Research Fellow at IMCL, Dilshod Chiniev, made a speech on the application of the British practice in enhancing the quality of lawmaking and rulemaking in Uzbekistan.
During further fruitful discussions, representatives of the Ministry of Justice, the Ministry of Economy, the Academy of Public Administration, the University of World Economy and Diplomacy and other agencies share the ideas about potential areas where UK experience could be implemented to enhance regulatory framework in Uzbekistan.
In conclusion, we can be confident that the information received during this study visit to the UK definitely will contribute to drafting effective measures for further enhancement of the legislative process and regulatory environment in Uzbekistan.