The new team of Ukroboronprom has met with the representatives of the advisers group of the Institute for Defense Analyses of the USA. Previously, the group experts made a nearly 2-weeks visit to the enterprises-members of Ukroboronprom in Kyiv, Zhytomyr, Lviv and Kharkiv regions, where they could evaluate their productive capacities and efficiency.
ПDuring the meeting, the parties paid special attention to discussing financial and economic issues, the results of the activity of the state-production component of the Ukrainian defence industry, as well as further plans of transformational development of the enterprises-members of Ukroboronprom.
“Our goal is to transform Ukroboronprom into an effective administrative body of defence industry state enterprises – they must meet the needs of our army and be cost-effective. To achieve this we cooperate with the international partners, analyze and choose the world’s best solutions”, – said Roman Bondar, Deputy Director General for Transformation of Ukroboronprom.
He added that digitalization and intellectual property protection would be one of the drivers of changes at the enterprises. In addition, Ukroboronprom will improve working conditions and strengthen social security of its employees.
The issues of concern of the Ukroboronprom initiatives were updated during the discussions, including increase of transparency of the state defense order due to the expected changes to the legal acts, transition of all enterprises-participants of SC "Ukroboronprom" to open procedures for selection of suppliers using the system of public procurement “Prozorro" from 1 December 2019, the course of the financial audit, as well as other transformation processes, including the ways to corporate governance.
It should be recalled that the advisory group of the Institute for Defense Analyses, headed by the Strategic Level Advisor on the Reform of the Defense Industry of Ukraine, Dr. Donald Charles Winter, formerly Secretary of the US Navy, provides advisory assistance at the strategic level on the reforms and development of the Ukroboronprom enterprises-members protection. The group’s work, which began in February 2019, was initiated by the country’s leadership request to the US Secretary of Defense James Mattis during the visit to the United States in September 2018.