|Workshop in Dushanbe|
Public Procurement Policy Workshop in Dushanbe, Tajikistan
The government of the Republic of Tajikistan, the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the EBRD and UNCITRAL hosted a policy dialogue workshop in Dushanbe on 8 October 2012 that focused on the dissemination of the World Bank Country Procurement Status Report and the EBRD UNCITRAL Initiative Public Procurement Proposal based on the 2011 UNCITRAL Model Law on Public Procurement.
Key discussion points centred on efforts made by the government in actively participating and improving the procurement environment, while further recommendations for reforms in the legislative, institutional and market sectors were discussed. The report observed the government’s strong commitment to strengthening the public procurement system through active and informed participation and engagement in e-procurement and anti-corruption efforts. There has been significant economic growth, 9% annually, over the past decade, thanks to efforts to maintain macroeconomic stability and implement structural reforms. There still remain challenges of corruption, uneven economic reforms and economic mismanagement. Public procurement is regulated by the Law of the Republic of Tajikistan on Public Procurement of Goods, Works and Services, adopted in March 2006 (PPL).
Key participants were Nigina Abdullaeva (deputy head, Economic and Investment Department, Executive Office of the President of Tajikistan), Ulf Hindstrom (head of resident office EBRD), Caroline Nicholas (senior lawyer, UNCITRAL), Eliza Niewiadomska (Legal Transition Programme, EBRD), Ravshan Karimov (deputy director, Public Procurement Authority), and Marsha Olive (country manager), Majed El-Bayya and Mr. Nagaraju Duthaluri (lead procurement specialists), Lisa Miller (senior council), Shodi Nazarov (financial management analyst), Dilshod Karimova (procurement analyst) and Nurbek Kurmanaliev (procurement specialist), all from the World Bank.
One session examined the country procurement status review conducted by experts from the World Bank and the Initiative. The findings were in the domains of legislative and regulatory frameworks, institutional framework and management capacity, procurement operations and market practices, integrity and transparency of public procurement systems and financial management. Policy recommendations were made.
Another session focused on addressing the CPSR recommendations through the 2011 UNCITRAL Model Law and opening doors to the WTO Government Procurement Agreement accession-proposed reform agenda. Discussion centred on identifying gaps in the current Tajik procurement law and the need for a clear legal framework with properly demarcated roles and division of functions, plus proper institutional and legislative reforms and modern methods and procedures for procurement. There was then a review of the programme for developing public procurement, followed by a Q&A session and information sharing.
The next steps will involve the preparation and introduction of an e-GP strategy, measures to increase transparency in the use of public funds through procurement, checks and balances to tackle corruption and the development and implementation of a National Public Procurement Strategy 2012-2014 subject to government approval.