11:09 13.02.2018

Defense Ministry of Ukraine to introduce internal control system as per NATO standards by 2019

Defense Ministry of Ukraine to introduce internal control system as per NATO standards by 2019

A system of internal control as per NATO standards will be introduced according to NATO standards by 2019. It will raise the level of trust of the United States and country donors, U.S. Department of Defense Internal Control Program coordinator Steven Silverstein has said.

In an exclusive interview with the Kyiv-based Interfax-Ukraine news agency, Silverstein said Ukraine's Defense Minister Stepan Poltorak has publicly declared the need of a fully open and transparent formal process and procedures as per NATO standards.

"We are now analyzing procedures for concluding contracts, arranging logistics and budgets in order to provide reliable control for ensuring direct minimization of risks of fraud, unproductive outlays and criminal acts. I think the system will be put in place by the end of the year," Silverstein said, adding that the system aims to eliminate corrupt acts long before they are committed.

"One more complication along the anti-corruption path of the minister is that he has to deal with state-owned enterprises. I understand they, for example, produce or buy secret kinds of weapons. But you don't need state-owned enterprises to produce berets. And you don't need an intermediary, who will take its profit from the deal," the American adviser said.

Silverstein emphasized that no intermediaries are necessary.

"Ukrainians are sufficiently intelligent to conclude honest, transparent contracts. You don't have to classify simple purchases," he said.

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