|Workshop in Bishkek|
Public Procurement Policy Workshop in Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic
Earlier this year, the government of Kyrgyz Republic adopted its Strategy on Public Procurement reforms and an action plan based on global best practices. It decided to apply for
support from various international financial institutions, such as the World Bank (WB) and Asian Development Bank (ADB). A joint team comprising the WB, ADB and EBRD UNCITRAL Initiative launched a Country Procurement Assessment Review (CPSR), which contributes to diagnostic work and drafting reform recommendations. The Initiative is addressing the WB CPSR recommendations via the 2011 UNCITRAL Model Law and opening doors for Kyrgyz to access the WTO Government Procurement Agreement. This joint workshop presented current findings and outlined further steps towards strengthening the public procurement in Kyrgyz.
Key participants were Alexander Kremern (head of the WB Resident Mission), Olga Lavrova (Minister of Finance), Jyldyz Galieva (deputy head of Bishkek Resident Office of the EBRD), Caroline Nicholas (senior lawyer, UNCITRAL), Rie Hiraoka (country director, ADB), Majed El-Bayya, (lead procurement specialist), Lisa Miller (senior council, lawyer of the WB), Alia Kim (financial management analyst of the WB), Eliza Niewiadomska (Legal Transition Programme, EBRD), Philippe Pelletier (representative, WTO GPA Secretariat), Saina Abdymomunova (local consultant), Melis Ak Jigit uulu (deputy head of the Public Procurement Methodology Department (PPMD) of the Ministry of Finance), Manas Jakshibaev (in charge of e-procurement in the PPMD), Tony Andrison (international consultant, procurement specialist and lawyer).
Public procurement reform is a government priority – spending to date in 2014 has already exceeded 17bn soms. Transparency needs improving, however and 25-30% percent of public procurement takes place in the shadow sector of economy. The Ministry of Finance has established a working group to develop reforms and is working to ensure legislation complies with the strategy. The WB has a review system in progress, which has uncovered some issues during the CPSR, such as problems with financial management, databases and local regulators outside the capital. Training, both general and specialist, currently has no allocated budget and much needs to be done in this area. Benchmarking and auditing also need to be addressed.
Further discussions explored accession requirements to the GPA, compliance with the UNCITRAL 2011 Model Law, current status of Kyrgyz’s public procurement websites and PP portal, the complaints process and disputes resolution, model PP systems and best practice in other countries, and how to progress the government’s action plan.
The workshop concluded with a Q&A session, in which WB representatives and EBRD UNCITRAL Initiative answered questions on framework agreements and reverse auctions. There was a good level of mutual understanding and general consensus regarding further reforming Kyrgyz’s public procurement legislation successful accession to the GPA of the WTO.