EBRD experts on a mission to Tunis 23-31 May under the EBRD UNCITRAL PPI
[27/05/16] EBRD experts Olivier Moreau and Philip Engels were on a mission to Tunis, Tunisia from 23 to 27 May 2016 joined by EBRD Senior Counsel Eliza Niewiadomska and the international expert Pedro Viana on 30-31 May 2016.
The aim of the mission was to meet all stakeholders of the public procurement process and introduce them to the electronic procurement (eProcurement) platform of Tunisian eProcurement system (TUNEPS); to determine the current state of affairs with each stakeholder; to streamline the registration process under the TUNEPS.
The workshop with five state controllers and five financial controllers on 23 May aimed at introducing the EBRD project of cooperation with the High Authority for Public Procurement (HAICOP) and getting together the TUNEPS administrative and technical team with the state and budget controllers.
The workshop with contracting authorities on 24 May gathered a wide array of contracting authorities from across Tunisia: including representatives from La Société nationale d'exploitation et de distribution des eaux (SONEDE) and the Ministry of National Defence.
The workshop with suppliers on 25 May was very fruitful and had a high turnout among suppliers from all regions in Tunisia. All suppliers present were SMEs and the large majority was not yet registered on the TUNEPS. This meeting was a good opportunity to introduce the TUNEPS and the opportunities it presents to local SME’s.
The representatives of the Chambers of Commerce present at the workshop held on 26 May, were: CCI Cap Bon, CCI Bizerte, CCI Sfax and CCI Nord.
The workshop with ANCE (a Tunisian agency in charge of providing suppliers with electronic signatures, which is a requirement for registration on TUNEPS) took place on 27 May.
Eliza Niewiadomska and Pedro Viana joined the mission on 30 May and met Douja Gharbi from Confederation of Tunisian Citizen Enterprises (CONECT). The EBRD Team took this opportunity to introduce the project of cooperation with the HAICOP and shared recent developments in the TUNEPS.
Another meeting took place with members of the Korea Information Certificate Authority (KICA) and Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) teams. The parties discussed streamlining of the registration procedure on the TUNEPS.