Gref called the mistakes as a Minister


Former Minister of economic development and trade, the head of Sberbank German Gref in an interview with Forbes told about the mistakes committed by them while working in the government.

“I had no experience of large-scale reform, so I think I could write an encyclopedia of their mistakes. I really made a lot of mistakes. The more you do, the more mistaken,” — said Gref.

He noted that he sees “nothing shameful” to admit their mistakes. “I became a Minister in 36 years. The team wanted to build one of the best countries in the world. We had a great drive, we worked our Asses off. <…> However we are unable to achieve all of what you strive for,” said the former official.

In particular, he noted that the planning reforms was not prepared framework for the implementation of all the principles of project management. “It was necessary to create the basis for training and retraining of civil servants at all levels and in the regions, and in the government. We sometimes did some things that nobody understood,” — said Gref. According to him, it so happened that 50-100 “new media” had prepared the bill, and then “the great mass of people, thousands, hundreds of thousands involved managers” started to implement

“As a result often overlooked, according to Victor Stepanovich Tchernomyrdin: wanted as better, and it turned out as always”, — declared the head of Sberbank.

Gref also called “my personal big omission” that communication between the involved people were not sufficiently established.

“We said: have no time to do, some gave an interview to the press — universal, about everything, — well, let them read. Someone read, someone read that, someone understood, someone realized otherwise <…> We tried as quickly as possible, more to do, and the result is accumulated gap of misunderstanding”, — he stressed.

The former Minister added that he later realized that instead of “breakthroughs in certain areas”, which “still drowning”, to “do the system”.

The main problems of the economy are now “in the absence of permanent changes”, also said Gref. According to him, the country accumulates problems and the gap between us and developed countries is growing sharply”. “We are sitting on monotower and realize that we have 10-15 years to change the structure of the economy,” he said. According to the head of Sberbank, in the case that the economy will not undergo structural changed in the face of increasing global competition and lack of modern institutions to bridge this gap will be very difficult

Gref stressed that President Vladimir Putin and Prime Minister of Russia Dmitry Medvedev “I don’t think the picture is gorgeous”. Thus, according to him, the President “takes into account the risks”. “I know how hard it was each time to convince those or other reforms, have always needed big energy”, — said the banker told.

The ex-head of the MAYOR noted that the appointment of the former Minister of Finance Alexey Kudrin on a post of the Deputy Chairman of the economic Council under the President was “very positive story”. In response to a phrase that many believe Kudrin is not able to reform, so as you can see in this “accountant”, the head of Sberbank said that didn’t apply to him “in any case, the concept of “accountant”.

“This is a man who sees the macroeconomics, macroeconomics knows, people with regional experience, scientific expertise, the Federal management experience. And Alex [the Finance Minister] understands that the private business in creating a good working environment can carry out almost any transformation of the economy”, — said Gref.

Earlier, the head of Sberbank said that the current system of public administration in Russia can best be described with the phrase of former Prime Minister Viktor Chernomyrdin “would be better, but it turned out as always”. However, he also claimed that he does not consider the backlog of Russia in the implementation of new management models hopeless. “I do not think that our country is hopelessly behind, I talked about the fact that we’ve seen in the last year or two in the world, how to change management models in companies and public management model. There are very fast changes,” he explained.