Wednesday, March 3 2021 12:08
Alexandr Avanesov

New mechanisms to control the public procurement process to be  created in Armenia

New mechanisms to control the public procurement process to be  created in Armenia

ArmInfo.New mechanisms to control the public procurement process will be created in Armenia. The RA National Assembly, at its sitting on March 3 in the second and  final reading, made amendments and additions to the law "On State  Procurements".

According to Gevork Papoyan, a co-author of the submitted document,  MP from the ruling My Step faction Gevork Papoyan, the amendments  provide for mechanisms that reduce corruption risks to zero, increase  the transparency of the public procurement process, which, as a  result, will lead to an increase in the level of public confidence in  these processes. The authors of the bill propose to ensure the  participation of representatives of the defeated companies in the  tender in the procedure for accepting state purchases.  Along with  this, interested public organizations and the media will also take  part in the procedure. All of them will be able to check the  conformity of the goods supplied as part of public procurement with  the parameters described in the application. Such mechanisms will  operate under contracts worth over 1 million drams. "In other words,  new mechanisms of public control over the public procurement process  are being created," the deputy concluded.

It should be noted, however, that lately in Armenia more and more  often state purchases are carried out from one person, which causes  fair criticism from the expert community. Earlier, MP Sergei  Bagratyan repeatedly raised the issue of the need to change the  vicious practice of applying the public procurement system on behalf  of one person. According to him, at present, tenders, as a rule,  involve interconnected persons. The representative of the state  agrees in advance with the business entity on the subject of goods  and services, after which he submits the question to the competition  according to the already "agreed" nomenclature. As a result of the  application of this vicious practice, more and more subjects have  become dominant in the market.

Let us also remind that earlier the Minister of Finance of the  Republic of Armenia Atom Janjughazyan reported on innovations, one of  which would be the transfer of the issue of purchases from the  representative of the state to the banking system of the country.

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