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2 October, 2018
NAKO 9: Quarterly Meeting Confirms MoD Land as the Next Research Objective
30 September - 2 October in Kyiv NAKO’s 9th Quarterly took place. The Committe’s anti-corruption and advocacy work promoting effective reform within Ukraine’s defence sector were the key topics of discussion. Corruption risks within the Ministry of Defence system of assets management, including land, has been confirmed as the next research project. NAKO's Research and Advocacy Manager Dr. Lada Roslycky presented the detailed research project for this issue. Another research proposal referred to Secrecy and the State Defence Order. The Committee also discussed further advocacy strategy for the resently published research papers, including corruption risks in defence procurement and defence housing. Moreover, NAKO members strategized to continue consultations with state defence enterprise Ukroboronprom on matters pertaining to the independent international audit. Multiple meetings took place within the framework of the Committee’s quarterly assembly. NAKO members met with Deputy Head of Presidential Administration Valeriy Kondratiuk, Ambassador of Japan Shigeki Sumi, Member of the Accounting Chamber Valeriy Yaremchuk,  the Renaissance Fund President Oleksandr Suchko and the World Bank representatives. Matters of urgency within Ukraine’s Defence and Security sector, as well as possible avenues of cooperation were considered. In parallel, the meeting with the Head of Ukroboronprom's Supervisory Board Mykhailo Zgurovsky and Deputy President Sergiy Omelchenko took place. Further steps in terms of improving defence housing situation and promoting the tender for the international audit of Ukroboronprom were discussed with Deputy Head of Presidential Administration Valeriy Kondratiuk. NAKO also held a meeting with the Supervisory Board and management of Ukroboronprom to discuss the ongoing procurement of the international audit and consultancy services. Role of parliamentary oversight over the defence and security sector, as well as various corruption risks and concerns, were discussed in a traditional working breakfast with selected Parliamentarians.