Gov’t took inspiration from private businesses for public sector management

Prime Minister Emil Boc on Friday told foreign investors and representatives of the Romanian business environment that the Government took inspiration from the private milieu for the measures it plans in the context of the economic crisis.

„I should mention that as far as the management of the public sector is concerned, we sought inspiration in countless private management and administration methods.

What we are working now on, specifically cost standards, are actually a transposition of private business policies into the public sector,’ said the head of the Government.

He reminded investors that the Government has decided to downsize the central and local administrative corps by establishing the „cost standard” of the administration, so as to render expenditures of state institutions leaner.

During the meeting, Emil Boc presented the investors the main anti-crisis measures and those related to the agreement with the International Monetary Fund and the European Commission.

„The purpose of the meeting is that we clarify some aspects related to the policies the Government plans to follow, from the perspective of the agreements with the European Commission and the International Monetary Fund, as well as to the envisaged internal anti-crisis measures,’ the Premier told the gathering at the Victoria Palace of Government.

Emil Boc inquired about the hindrances faced by investors and into their proposals that will be handled by a joint team made up representatives of the Ministry of Finance, the Ministry of Labor, the Ministry of Justice, the Ministries of Environment and of Economy, respectively.

President of the Romanian Business People Association Florin Pogonaru warned of the risk carried by the weak authority of state institutions in the context of the economic crisis.

„Our way of approaching what is happening is by differentiating what we call ‘our crisis’ from ‘their crisis’. Our crisis is given by the de-structuring of the state institutions and business environment. ‘Their’ crisis is the crisis of the markets and of financing to the Romanian business environment.

Taking these two axes as reference, we get into a series of scenarios: weak institutions, weak crisis – that would be one scenario; weak institutions, severe crisis, that means agony,” said Pogonaru.

Attending the meeting on the authorities’ behalf were Finance Minister Gheorghe Pogea and economic adviser to the Prime Minister, Ionut Popescu.

The partners of discussion who sat down with the officials included representatives of the Austrian Embassy in Bucharest, the American Chamber of Commerce (AmCham), the British- Romanian Chamber of Commerce, the Italian Chamber of Commerce, the Association of Italian Companies in Romania – Unimpresa, the Romanian-German Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the Romanian-Dutch Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

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