Phil Preece

UK experts train Kyrgyz Government inspectors

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.

Kyrgyz delegation working with BRDOIMG_6883

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BRDO present on inspection reform in Mozambique

“I attended the Eastern and Southern Africa Ease of Doing Business Initiative (EDBI) conference in Maputo, Mozambique earlier this year. This conference explored how the investment environment in the relevant countries can be improved and sought to facilitate the sharing of knowledge and experience on investment environment reform between the participating countries.
Topics covered included international trade, registration of property, access to finance, and obtaining construction permits. I presented on the topic of inspection reform.”

Phil Preece, Project manager, Better Regulation Delivery Office