UN mission, EU experts to identify needs of Ukraine’s Fiscal Service in IT sector

UN mission, EU experts to identify needs of Ukraine’s Fiscal Service in IT sector

The mission of the UN Office of Project Services (UNOPS) and European Union experts started to work in the State Fiscal Service of Ukraine in order to identify the SFS needs in the field of information technologies. 

In particular, that involves a study of the IT development in the SFS, analysis of the situation regarding the procurement of telecommunications solutions, infrastructure and equipment to support the operation of IoT technologies along with the information exchange between the SFS, the Ministry of Finance and the State Treasury, the press service of the State Fiscal Service of Ukraine reports.

"A significant part of the strategic initiatives of the SFS development by 2020 is devoted to IT. Taking this into account, the assistance of international experts in this area is very important and useful, because through such missions we receive not only international experience and technical assistance, but also a definite plan of reforms and cooperation in this field," Myroslav Prodan, acting SFS Commissioner said during the working meeting with the mission experts.

According to him, the SFS is ready for active cooperation with international experts in the field of IT development. In 2017, the implementation of a number of projects on the development of electronic services has already begun with the relevant legislation having been adopted.

"We already have positive results regarding the implementation of electronic services. Thanks to them, the corruption component in the work of our employees has significantly decreased. I am convinced that only with IT services we will be able to create favorable business climate and equal conditions for doing business," said Prodan.

According to the SFS Commissioner, in 2018, the efforts of the SFS employees will be concentrated on completing the projects launched in2017. Thus, one of such project is the automated One-Stop-Shop system that functions at the customs. From February 2018, in accordance with the current legislation, all customs declarations will be processed on this principle.

In addition, in 2018, the SFS will work to ensure the full-function operation of the Taxpayer's e-cabinet, implement the e-audit mechanism, automated HR management and corruption risks analysis systems, launch a fully automated document management system, as well as to improve the risk analysis and on- line processes monitoring system at checkpoints.

"Currently, we have started projects with a legislative basis, we have human and material resources, support of international experts. These are the best conditions for development. I am confident that in such a format we will be able to implement all plans and ideas, and 2018 will be one of the most successful years for the service," Prodan emphasized.

Following the results of the initial assessment of the situation in the SFS, the mission will identify the SFS IT needs and propose an appropriate reform and cooperation plan.

The United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) was established in 1995 by the Resolution of the UN General Assembly to provide services in the field of procurement, construction and implementation of projects.

UNOPS operates in more than 140 UN member countries, provides services of managing programs and projects in any area covered by the UN mandate with humanitarian and development goals.

The UNOPS experts’ visit to Ukraine is part of the EU PFM support program for Ukraine with a total amount of financial assistance being 55 million euros.

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