In February, Paulo Magina and Tato Urjumelashvili went on a mission to Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic, to investigate the current status of the rollout of eProcurement platform.
During the mission, they met Minister of Economy Temir Sariev and participated in a meeting of the eProcurement Technical Council with the stakeholders and other donors.
At the Technical Council’s meeting, the main objectives were to assess the eProcurement system’s deployment and understanding the current status of its reforms,
Present from the implementation team were Manasbek Zhakshybaev, project leader, Meder Zarlykov and Zhyldyzgul Bazakeeva. Paulo Magina and Tato Urjumelashvili and also Mr Dusulaiev, acting director of the Methodology Department for Public Procurement, as well as directors and representatives of Infosystema, which is in charge of implementing the system. Our consultants presented the reforms in Georgia and Portugal and there was a lively Q&A session.
The findings from this meeting, among other things, were that the new Public Procurement Law is not yet ready and has no clear deadline for completion, only of the planned 20 staff have been hired for the new PP department and secondary legislation still needs to be drafted and adopted. Work has commenced on the new eProcurement system, which has five major independent but interconnected modules for the procurement process.
The registration module is ready, the planning and suppliers’ modules are also almost complete and the eTendering/eAwarding modules are still in development. Barriers to foreign participation remain, notably the use of eSignatures. The pilot, with eight contracting authorities participating, was launched on 14 March 2014.
At the meeting with economy minister Temir Sariev, he expressed concern about the time it is taking to implement the eProcurement System and had some doubts about its success. He also revealed that his ministry plans to set up an alternative system if the current process fails (see http://www.tazabek.kg/news:367464 )
Paulo Magina and Tato Urjumelashvili then had a more detailed meeting with his deputy minister, Danil Ibraev, at which they put forward the EBRD-UNCITRAL’s vision for the eProcurement reform and delivered a presentation on public procurement reforms in Georgia and Portugal. Future steps for Kyrgystan’s public procurement reforms were also discussed.