Russian development institutes to be audited in 2012
19 Jul '12
International audit of efficiency of the Russian development institutes will be conducted in 2012, news agency RIA Novosti reports citing Oleg Fomichev, a deputy minister of economic development of Russia.
What are referred to as development instites in Russia include Skolkovo (an innovation hub outside Moscow), the Russian Venture Company (RVC), Rusnano, Vnesheconombank (VEB Bank) and some others aimed at promoting and funding the development of an innovation economy in this country.
“We intend to conduct an international audit of overall efficiency of our institutes of development and see how they look if compared to similar foreign institutes. We also want to discuss with foreign experts about how to build and modernize our innovation system with better efficiency,” Mr. Fomichev said.
According to him, the audit will be conducted before the Moscow International Innovation Development Forum “Open Innovations” to be held on October 31 – November 2, 2012.
“The idea appeared because of the Forum. The first two days of the Forum will be fully global, with 70-80% foreign speakers. The third day will hold discussions by international experts on efficiency of Russian institutes of development. For that, we want to provide a full-scale research with assessment, expertise, and interviews,” Mr. Fomichev explained.
As reported by the deputy minister, the Ministry was currently selecting organizations to conduct the research.
“Among candidates are some known international innovation organizations who will need to develop a unique assessment method,” he added.