The aim of this project, which started in January 2017, was to follow Russia’s economic development and provide analysis of economic policy challenges. This provided the resources needed for continued coverage of Russia in Going for Growth and the Economic Outlook. In addition, the Secretariat presented its research at technical workshops in Russia. The project concluded at the end of 2018 and has not yet been renewed. Discussions are under way (as of October 2019) about future work of the OECD Economics Department, most likely with a focus on productivity challenges.
The activities of the OECD Russia Corporate Governance Roundtable, launched in 2011, continue. The Roundtable supports Russia’s efforts to tackle corporate governance challenges and develop a robust legal and regulatory framework. It also helps raise global awareness of Russian corporate governance developments and reform progress.
As part of the OECD's ongoing research and analysis and in line with the G20 work stream on financial literacy, this project benefits multiple participants, as the support goes beyond Russia. Russia finances these activities in six countries (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan and Tajikistan). The project focuses on:
- advanced data collection and analysis of financial literacy levels and gaps
- developing, implementing and reviewing effective national strategies for financial education
- addressing youth’s financial literacy needs through schools and out-of-school initiatives
- identifying and meeting the financial literacy needs of migrants and their families. This work is scheduled to run through 2022.
In March 2017, the Secretariat received a request from the Russian Federation's Ministry of Economy to assist the Russian Federation in developing a Good Laboratory Practices (GLP) system. The project was launched in March 2018. The work comprises three main activities:
- general GLP workshop and technical seminar for GLP monitoring authority staff (in the event, two of these took place)
- technical seminar for test facilities
- full audit of the Russian Federation’s GLP compliance monitoring programme.
The seminars took place in Russia in 2018 and the audit took place in July 2019 in Moscow and Vladimir. The Secretariat has invited the Russian authorities to present the report at a meeting of the Working Group on GLP in Japan in February 2020.
In 2019, The OECD undertook a case study of Moscow for the A Territorial Approach to the SDGs programme. This work is part of a broader consortium for the programme, which currently includes 9 pilot cities/regions. In November 2019, the OECD and the Russian authorities agreed to begin work on a national-level review of urban policies.
In 2019, the OECD conducted a seminar on “Redefining Cities” in Moscow. Hosted by the Ministry of Economic Development, this technical seminar for almost 100 Russian officials and experts focused on data and methodological issues for defining functional urban areas and ways of using such data for better urban policy formulation and implementation.
The OECD and the Institute for Strategy of Education Development in Moscow ran a series of teachers’ seminars in Moscow, Kazan, St Petersburg and Novosibirsk in late 2019. They provided training on competence-based (rather than knowledge-based) curricula to around 800 Russian teachers from across the country. These seminars took place against the backdrop of Russia’s participation in the latest round of the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) and in the Teaching and Learning International Survey (TALIS).