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Minic returns to business with numerous Bills pending

February 9, 2017

Within the Ministry of the Economic Development and Trade sits the Department of Innovation and Intellectual Property, which it appears will now need a new director.

Helena Minic has stated that she intends to leave and return to the (presumably telecoms) business world from whence she came.

To be entirely fair her time in post cannot be seen as a failure with several hard lobbied Cabinet of Ministers Decrees getting an approving nod (1026/2016 for example).  However the timing of her departure does not exactly occur replete with successes either – for there is much done that has yet to be consolidated via the far more hazardous route of the Verkhovna Rada.

When announcing her departure, Ms Minic stated “We have also developed a strategy for the development of high-tech industries for Ukraine, intensified cooperation with the World Bank, Israel and other countries in terms of innovation, and launched a project to create a network of technology incubators in Ukraine.”

Jolly good.

But there is an entire raft of draft legislation in which she participated and/or oversaw under consideration within Verkhovna Rada committees (Bills 4579, 4571, 4629, 5694, 5699, 6023 and more) that have yet to get past committees and survive not only a first reading (and subsequent attempts to tweak the text) but jump the second reading hurdle to become statute.

Thus a reader (perhaps unfairly) may consider the wins little more than pushing against open doors, whereas all that is pending far more difficult to defend, achieve and consolidate within national statute.

Of course Ms Minic has every right to return to the private sector having left it to come to the aid of Ukraine.  A laudable act, and an act that has a professional tenure to it if private sector executives are to remain relevant within the private sector.

The private sector, after all, is not like government or civil service work in Ukraine where even getting fired in reality means only a six month vacation before being reappointed.  Time out in the private sector for more than 2 years means somebody has overtaken you in ability and/or knowledge and/or replaced you because you were “out of the game/loop” for too long.

It may very well be that Ms Minic is acutely aware of this and feels she has to return to the private sector immediately.

It may also be that she has been offered a position that is incredibly hard to refuse – so she didn’t.

However even if she feels she can do no more than she has done pending the Verkhovna Rada circus, the feeling that her remaining in post until all the draft Bills had seen at least their first Verkhovna Rada reading would perhaps have been perceived as being both appropriate and more than helpful cannot be escaped,

That said, she may also be aware of how the Bills will progress – or not (for most voting outcomes within the Verkhovna Rada are telegraphed before they occur) and sees no requirement to remain – whatever the result.

In the meantime, whilst immediately following the events of 2014 Ukraine witnessed something of a brain gain at this level, many will have or will soon return to the private sector – so the leadership may be wise to look to a brain circulation policy,

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