|Public Procurement Policy Dialogue on enhancement of Public Procurement Law in Tajikistan|
Public policy dialogue meetings among government representatives of the Republic of Tajikistan, and legal and public procurement experts of the EBRD, UNCITRAL, WTO and OSCE took place in Vienna, Austria. Among the main topics of discussion were ‘enhancement of Public Procurement Law in Tajikistan’ and ‘introduction of e-Procurement’.
The Republic of Tajikistan is experiencing a steady improvement in its economy, owing to the implementation of structural reforms, government´s focus on macroeconomic indicators and an increase in foreign remittances. Overall, the Republic of Tajikistan has undergone significant change and is moving towards building a robust investment environment and vibrant economy.
The expert participants at this policy dialogue session were Mr Ravshan Karimov, Deputy Director from the Public Procurement Agency of Tajikistan, Mr Faiz Nazarov, Chief of e-Procurement Department, Mr Umed Nazarov, Specialist of e-Procurement, Mr Sangov Odil, Chief of Department of Economic Reforms and Investments at Presidents’ Administration of Tajikistan, Mr Mehrob Tolibov, Department of State Budget at the Ministry of Finance of Tajikistan. Representatives from the UNCITRAL included Secretary of UNCITRAL Mr Renaud Soriel, Senior Lawyer Mrs Caroline Nicholas and Legal Officer Mrs Samira Musayeva. The WTO expert present at the session was Mrs Anna Mueller, Legal Affairs Officer. The OSCE was represented by Senior Economic Officer Mrs Nina Lindroos-Kopolo. The overall organisation was managed by Ms Eliza Niewiadomska, Operation Leader, Legal Transition Programme of the EBRD.
The workshop was spread over a period of three days and five sessions spanning several issues. Opening remarks on the day one were made by Mr Renaud Soriel and Mrs Lindross-Kopolo. Mrs Nicholas and Ms Niewiadomska then presented the workshop objectives such as an exploration of modern public procurement policies recommended by the 2011 UNCITRAL Model Law on Public Procurement. Another main objective was to discuss the recommendations of the legal diagnostic of Tajikistan’s public procurement legislation and the benefits and methods of implementing an amended law. The first session of the day saw Mrs Nicholas explaining the principles of modern public procurement policies according to the UNCITRAL Model Law and the 2012 WTO GPA.
The second day began with an update on the public procurement progress in Tajikistan provided by Mr Karimov. Subsequently Mrs Musayeva presented the Guide to Enactment to the Model Law specifically issues related to the framework of the law, additions and developments from the 1994 Model law as well as its scope and coverage. Further, the issue of e-Procurement was taken up in detail where broader policy goals, common concerns and challenges were discussed.
The third session, which was held on day two, began with presentation of Ms Niewiadomska who started the discussion on the UNCITRAL Model Law standards and the WTO GPA accession process. Mrs Mueller presented the GPA accession issues in the light of recent accession of Tajikistan to the WTO and its commitment to open negotiations in the near future for the GPA accession.
Following session, held on day three, saw discussions on the Public Procurement Reform Agenda in Tajikistan moderated by Ms Niewiadomska. Among the several topics discussed were GPA accession, e-Procurement, decentralised or partially centralized procurement, transparency objectives, which framework agreement to incorporate, e-auction, e-catalogues, review procedures and how to utilise the Model Law standards in the local legal environment.
The final session contained discussions around public procurement reform in Tajikistan and the future visions for public procurement in the region. This session was moderated by Ms Niewiadomska and Mrs Musayeva. The session saw a brief discussion on the procurement policy issues from the previous days. Following this, Mr Odil highlighted the issues and challenges of relevance to the Tajikistan Administration. Finally, representatives of the Public Procurement agency discussed issues of e-Procurement, future reform of public procurement and GPA accession of Tajikistan.
The workshop concluded with closing remarks on the way ahead for public procurement in Tajikistan by Mrs Musayeva. The participants expressed satisfaction with meaningful debates that identified the challenges to the procurement environment in Tajikistan while recommending suitable reforms and strategies for enhancement of the public procurement regulation.