Results of the campaign: “No barriers, so business doesn’t wait!”

Apr 4, 2017

It’s time to look back and take stock of the results achieved during the second phase of the campaign “No barriers, so business doesn’t wait”:

  • This initiative was designed to give voice to the citizens and businesses in Montenegro to identify and help eliminate obstacles that hinder their everyday work.
  • As a first step to initiate public dialogue we established an interactive online platform www.bezbarijera.me, with an aim to enable businesses to easily report barriers. But we also recognised the importance of creating new avenues for the private sector to interact openly and directly with local and national authorities. This is why we went on a small “tour” across the country and visited numerous municipalities (Podgorica, Tivat, Ulcinj, Nikšić, Pljevalja and Berane) where we held round tables that instigated lively and constructive discussion between the public and private sector.
  • From November 2015 when the campaign was launched, until March 2017, the total of 228 barriers were reported. These were grouped into 8 categories:
  1. Financial constraints to launching and developing business
  2. Cumbersome and unclear procedures
  3. Inadequate inspection control
  4. Inadequate legislation
  5. Inefficient administration
  6. Limitations to business operation
  7. Grey economy
  8. High fee rates
  • As a result of this public dialogue, we produced the report that sums up the barriers, provides concrete recommendations and identifies responsible institutions to effect the change.
  • But the work does not stop here. Local and national authorities now have the responsibility to utilise this real feedback from the ground in order to shape effective policies and undertake concrete steps to eliminate the deficiencies.  
  • This campaign created a strong partnership which brings together public and private sector, national and local authorities and international partners. The idea for the project was designed in collaboration with the South East European Association of Public Communicators (SEECOM), while we were greatly inspired by the Red Tape Challenge implemented by the UK Government and this campaign was made possible thanks to the generous support of the British Embassy Podgorica. The Ministry of Finance is our key partner, anchoring the reforms taking place around regulatory framework and we believe they will help translate the report recommendations into reality.

At the closing event presenting the results of the campaign, Fiona McCluney, UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative to Montenegro said: “Addressing these tangible issues is in line with the Government’s priorities under public administration reform, and we stand ready to support the country in this process. We all have the same goal – to create responsive and accountable institutions that are tailored to the needs of citizens and businesses in Montenegro. This is a precondition to unlock growth potential and create opportunities for development of business. By striving to achieve these objectives, Montenegro will also make progress in achieving the Sustainable Development Agenda, and in particular - Goal 8: Decent work and economic growth and Goal 16: Peace, justice and strong institutions.”

Ian Whitting OBE, British Ambassador to Montenegro said: “From our experience, projects like this one are successful because citizens and entrepreneurs have first-hand experience and they know best which problems and obstacles they face on a day to day basis. Citizens want to have a platform such as www.bezbarijera.me where they can easily report barriers and bring them to the attention of the authorities. The challenge now remains with the responsible institutions – to undertake adequate measures to implement the report recommendations and remove the barriers that citizens and businesses have reported.”

Bojana Bošković, Director-General for Financial System and Business Environment Improvement, at the Ministry of Finance said: “As a result of this project we gained a very solid and concrete analysis of the business environment, which will serve for informed policy making, so that we could improve the procedures, for example for electronic registration of business and property. Partners in UNDP and the British Embassy helped us address certain challenges and achieve specific goals of the Ministry of Finance and the Government of Montenegro related to the improvement of business environment.”

* 2017 No Barriers Report
The report sums up the barriers, provides concrete recommendations and identifies responsible institutions to effect the change.
* Izvjestaj bez barijera 2017
The report in local language
* Lista prijavljenih barijera 2017
The list of all barriers reported during the second phase (in local language)

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