Ukraine’s Deputy Economy Minister Maksim Nefyodov joined us in the Viewpoint studio. Over the past year he’s been charged with reforming Ukraine’s notoriously corrupt public procurement system.

It’s estimated that some EUR 2 billion is lost annually through graft. Among the innovations brought in by Nefyodov and his team is an electronic auction system for public tenders. It’s currently in pilot mode but will soon be in wider use.

Since Ukraine’s pro-EU uprising of 2013-14 the country’s progress on reforms has received mixed reviews. But Nefyodov’s work is one area which has been widely praised. He says there is already interest from other countries in the new system. He hopes that one day it might even be exported abroad.

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