The President appointed Director General of the Agency for strategic initiatives (ASI) Andrei Nikitin, the acting Governor of the Novgorod region. During the work of Nikitin as the head of the ASI, the Agency was unable to get the governors to listen carefully to the views of investors. Candidate Nikitin clearly fits into the recent wave of regional shifts.
President Vladimir Putin accepted the resignation of the Governor of the Novgorod region Sergey Mitin and appointed acting head of the region the General Director of the Agency for strategic initiatives (ASI) Andrey Nikitin.
“Acting Governor of Novgorod, Nikitin fits the trend of destination of young technocrats”
We will remind, on Monday Mitin, who had held his post since 2007, announced the addition from itself powers of the Governor and appealed to the President to give him “new order”. He also thanked residents of the area and their subordinates. “I truly loved the land of Novgorod, consider it native. And in whatever place I worked, commit all their forces and knowledge to give to the development and prosperity of Novgorod land,” said Mitin. He held the post of Governor of the region, 7 August 2007.
Andrei Nikitin was born in Moscow in 1979, but almost from birth to 16 years living in the city of Miass, Chelyabinsk region. After finishing school he entered the state University and in 2001 received a diploma in the specialty “State and municipal management”. In 2006 he became a candidate of economic Sciences. In 2008, Nikitin has a MBA from Stockholm school of Economics.
The victory is a “consolation prize”
Under the leadership of Nikitin ASI worked for almost six years. During this time, it was able to introduce revolutionary proposals on reducing administrative barriers and simplification of many procedures of doing business, lead to the international movement for the promotion of working professions WorldSkills and force the governors to listen carefully to the opinions of investors, said TASS.
Nikitin was the head of the Committee on youth entrepreneurship “Business Russia” and coordinated the project “the Quality roads of the Russian Federation”, when in may 2011, Vladimir Putin, at that time, the Prime Minister of Russia, announced the creation of the ASI platform where representatives of business, civil society to solve their problems and implement projects. The status of ASI said that Putin has become Chairman of its Supervisory Board. It is noteworthy that the leadership of the new structure it was decided to select through open competition. “So many people, including me, was tempted to put at the head of the Agency known specialists with a solid track record. But we made the right decision – made choice of those, who now manages the ASI, through the competition,” – said Putin, speaking in 2016 at the Forum for strategic initiatives.
For the open tender Nikitin, in his own words, went over hoping for a “consolation prize” loser – getting into the expert Council of the new structure. However, after meeting with Vladimir Putin (says Nikitin, “first interview with the employer”) is a young businessman was declared the winner.
Have a lot of work
The acting Governor of the Novgorod Nikitin “fits into the trend of appointing young 30+ technocrats. (Furthermore) it is one of those people who personally know Vladimir Putin, with whom he worked,” – said the newspaper VIEW political scientist, the head of the holding “Minchenko consulting” Evgenie Minchenko.
Also, it should be noted that Nikitin has created a system of rating regions from the point of view of their attractiveness, added Minchenko. We will remind, the rating of investment attractiveness of the regions ASI is traditionally thus, regional policy Nikitin familiar firsthand. By the way, a similar job in the Ministry of regional development was doing and the new head of the Perm edge Maxim Reshetnikov, the expert concluded.
The head of the Foundation for civil society development (Fargo) Konstantin Kostin, in his turn, noted: if we talk about the purpose of Nikitin, it is extremely important that the Agency is actively working on the issues of attracting investments, creating investment standards for each of the subjects, said the analyst.
He noted that in the President’s administration have formulated three basic factors that will be evaluated and candidates for Governor, and the work of the governors is the socio-economic situation, its dynamics, public trust and political ratings in General, and the absence of claims related to corruption or conflict of interest.
The analyst reminded that, although the economy of the region is important and efficient use of available resources, the search for internal reserves, but “nevertheless, the attraction of investments, internal, external, private, public – one of the major ways of development actors. The former head of the ASI in this sense, a very great experience. This practice, knowledge, skills can seriously help the region”, – said the expert.
The path of renewal
We will remind, last week the rearrangements occurred in the government of Perm region, also changed the head of Buryatia. Such appointments are logical in the light of previous appearances of the youngest heads of regions in Kaliningrad and Sevastopol. The Kremlin has demonstrated to update the governors, and political heavyweights are replaced by the 30-40-year-old highly educated technocrats, the experts stressed in comments the newspaper VIEW.
The interlocutors pointed to the succession of new appointments: head of his administration the President has appointed Anton Vaino, the Minister of economy Maxim Oreshkin, and the heads of regions in Kaliningrad and Sevastopol sent two young managers – Anton Alikhanov and Dmitry Ovsyannikov.
In addition, the General Director of media holding “Expert” Valery Fadeyev said earlier the newspaper VIEW, that earned the modern system of professional selection. Before such decisions are often made on subjective criteria, now earned criteria are objective,” – said the expert. The performance of the governors, according to Fadeeva, will be evaluated on the basis of indicators. First and foremost, the analyst believes, on the socio-economic results of management of regions, attraction of investments, creation of jobs, the high wage in the region.
As it became known to the newspaper VIEW, in presidential administration (AP) a new system of personnel work – evaluation and selection of candidates for senior positions. She was involved in the selection of new candidates for the positions of governors appointed in the last week. In particular, it includes a four-hour interview with a group of experts with a wide range of issues.
The complexity of this new procedure is the fact that some candidates, including high officials, refused it and so was automatically eliminated from among the applicants, said the source from the AP. At the same time, he noted that all these interviews mean is still only a preliminary screening. Ultimately, the administration proposes to the President on the selection of qualifying applicants. “But decides it’s still the President, and he, as you know, can take unexpected personnel decisions,” – recalled the source of the newspaper LOOK in the Old square.