EBRD consultants took a mission to Kiev to discuss the progress of the ProZorro project
[03/03/2016] Eliza Niewiadomska, EBRD Legal Transition Programme and EBRD consultants Bogdan Artymowicz and Eriks Mezalis undertook a mission to Kiev on 1-2 March 2016. The mission was primarily aimed at:
1) meeting and discussing project related issues with stakeholders from the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade of Ukraine (MEDT), Open Contracting Partnership (OCP), Partnership for Transparency Fund (PTF) and the “ProZorro” eProcurement system (ProZorro);
2) meeting with managers of the ProZorro system and ascertaining the development progress of the latter;
3) meeting with representatives of the Antimonopoly Committee of Ukraine (AMCU) and discussing their needs, existing constraints and potential directions for collaboration.
On 1 March, the team met with representatives of the MEDT, OCP, PTF and ProZorro to prepare for the procurement monitoring related workshop planned for 2 March. During the meeting ProZorro representatives also presented the functionality of Business Intelligence and Advanced Reporting tools.
The following day, the procurement monitoring workshop was in the MEDT premises, led by the OCP representatives. The workshop was aimed at, focusing particularly on the functionality of the ProZorro monitoring module, identifying the existing challenges and risks and discussing ways of their mitigation. Four issues raised at the workshops have been prioritised and discussed in detail by the workshop participants.
On the same day, the team met with the ProZorro management to discuss the current state and developments of ProZorro in the context of the system’s compatibility with international public procurement legal standards as well as the Public Procurement Law of Ukraine.
On 2 March, the team also met with leading representatives of the AMCU’s unit responsible for hearing procurement related complaints. The aim of the meeting was to learn about the existing framework for examination of public procurement related complaints as well as to discuss potential directions for collaboration, particularly in light of the development of e-complaint submission functionality within ProZorro.
The EBRD is cooperating with the Anti Monopoly Committee of Ukraine (AMCU) regarding enhancing its capacity for public procurement review. The recent developments in the area of electronic procurement in Ukraine are expected to substantialy increase the number of public procurement review cases brought before AMCU. Also, mainly due to the relatively high staff turnover numbers, there is an ongoing need for capacity building. The EBRD will assist the AMCU with carrying out capacity building activities by providing expertise and trainings support as well as opportunities for exchange of experience regarding review approaches and practices with public procurement review professionals from other countries.