National Seminar on the WTO Agreement on Government Procurement (GPA) in the light of Tajikistan’s GPA accession process was organised by the Government of Tajikistan, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development Legal Transition Programme and the World Trade Organization in Dushanbe.
The Government of Tajikistan has obtained the observer status to GPA in 2014 and submitted its initial coverage offer in February 2015. The current public procurement reform strategy of Tajikistan is focused on finalising legislative reform and developing implementation tools in order to support implementation of the new policies based on the electronic procurement tools in practice.
The seminar, held in Dushanbe, on 8-9 December 2015 has gathered together public procurement policy makers from 35 national and international institutions, including key Ministries and Agencies of Tajikistan, as well as major IFIs.
The Seminar aimed at introducing the revised WTO Agreement on Government Procurement (GPA) to participants and facilitating related internal consultations regarding the GPA negotiations.
The objectives of the Seminar were to enhance participants' awareness of: the concepts, principles and obligations of the Agreement, including transition measures provided by the 2012 revised text of the Agreement; mandatory requirements of the Agreement in the context of new public procurement law being under development in Tajikistan; mandatory requirements of the Agreement in the context of electronic procurement procedures developed by the State Procurement Agency of the Government of Tajikistan; and the planned negotiations calendar for the Government of Tajikistan.
Saidrahmon Nazrizoda, Deputy Minister of the Minsitry of Economic Development and Trade of Tajikistan, opened the seminar. The Seminar was also addressed by Bahridin Sirojiddinzoda, Director of Public Procurement Agency of Tajikistan and Anna Müller, WTO Secretariat. The two days were full of presentations, panel discussions and workshops that covered a wide range of issues on revised WTO GPA, legal compliance with the WTO GPA mandatory requirements, the procedural and transparency rules: electronic procurement and public procurement review, accession to the Agreement on Government Procurement and negotiation schedule. The last session was dedicated to discussion of the next steps in the Tajikistan's GPA accession: legislative and implementation issues.
The seminar was closed by Richard Jones, Director, Head of the EBRD Resident Office in Tajikistan; Saidrahmon Nazrizoda, Deputy Minister of Economic Development and Trade of Tajikistan; Anna Müller, WTO Secretariat and Eliza Niewiadomska, Principal Counsel - Public Procurement, EBRD.
Presentations, given at the event, can be found here:
Dilshod Karimova, World Bank - “The World Bank Technical Support to Development of e-Procurement System in Tajikistan”
Dorina Harcenco, EBRD expert - “Transitional measures proposed for discussion in Tajikistan's accession negotiations”
Dorina Harcenco, EBRD expert - “GPA bilateral negotiations: checklist, comments and revised offers”
Eliza Niewiadomska, EBRD - “eProcurement reform: implementation options”
Eriks Mezalis, EBRD expert - “WTO GPA compliance: Gap analysis of draft Public Procurement Law”
Anna Müller, WTO Secretariat - “The revised GPA: global context, core disciplines and outcomes of the renegotiation of the Agreement”
Anna Müller, WTO Secretariat - “The GPA institutional provisions: domestic review procedures and WTO dispute settlement”
Jianning Chen, WTO Secretariat - “E-Procurement under the Revised GPA (S4.1)”
Jianning Chen, WTO Secretariat - “The new transitional measures available to developing countries under the revised GPA (S6.1)”