Two experts from the UK Better Regulation Delivery Office (BRDO) visited Bishkek and Osh in January to work with the Kyrgyz government on improvements to government inspections. Philip Preece and Jenny Nobes from BRDO were supporting the State Inspectorate of Technical and Environmental Safety in reforming business inspections to reduce unnecessary inspection burden and ensure inspection provides effective protections.
The State Inspectorate of Technical and Environmental Safety, supported by the International Finance Corporation and DFID, has been at the forefront of adopting new ways of working to improve inspections, and BRDO has been sharing UK learning with the inspectorate since 2012. The inspectorate, which is responsible for fire safety, labour safety, industrial safety, energy and environmental protection, has adopted a regime to focus their inspections on the highest risks and to provide businesses with more transparency about what to expect through the use of inspection checklists.
The UK experts delivered training sessions on risk based approaches to 180 front line inspectors from regions across the Kyrgyz Republic and worked with the head office team to share UK good practice. The peer learning approach between the UK and Kyrgyz governments will help the inspectorate drive forward implementation of risk based approaches and contribute towards a better business environment in the Kyrgyz Republic.