Workshop with public procurement officials in Ulaanbaatar Imprimer Envoyer
Workshop with public procurement officials in Ulaanbaatar


On 20-22 November, the EBRD UNCITRAL Initiative met with key public procurement officials from Mongolia at a workshop organized in Ulaanbaatar in cooperation with the SME Development Programme in Mongolia, funded by the European Union. This is a beginning of cooperation of the Initiative with the Ministry of Finance of Mongolia, in charge of the public procurement reform project in the country. The EBRD UNCITRAL Initiative experts will work with newly established Mongolian Government Procurement Agency to support public procurement reforms in the country and enhance its new eProcurement system to make public tenders more accessible to small and medium enterprises (SMEs).

Mongolia started reforms in 2008 and new primary law on public procurement adopted in 2011 is currently being implemented. The workshop reviewed the progress of the reform project and participants discussed the possibilities for the public procurement reform in Mongolia to benefit from international best practice. EBRD UNCITRAL Initiative experts explained how legal provisions of the 2011 UNCITRAL ML can be used in the secondary legislation in Mongolia in order to enable the implementation of the new purchasing tools and techniques, like framework agreements and e-catalogues.

The EBRD UNCITRAL Initiative invited Mr Tato Urjumelashvili, Chairman of the Competition and State Procurement Authority of Georgia to share his experience of implementing eProcurement reforms in Georgia and Mr Paulo Magina from Portugal to present successful implementation of the framework agreements in Portugal by central purchasing body established in 2010. “In Georgia, we have found out that eProcurement, simpler procedures, and greater transparency would benefit the SME sector,” explained Mr Urjumelashvili.

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