MINSK, 27 June (BelTA) – A new revision of the law on government procurement will come into force on 1 July. The government procurement system will become more transparent, BelTA learned from Belarusian Deputy Antimonopoly Regulation and Trade Minister Andrei Kartun on 27 June.
The official said: “The main goal is to make the entire government procurement system more transparent, encourage fair competition, and reduce the number of dishonest suppliers.”
The prohibition against changing terms of the contract before it is signed is one of the important novelties of the new law. The law permits changing the object of government procurement, payment procedures, and the responsibility of the parties under no circumstances. The timeframe can be changed only upon the customer's initiative. “The current legislation has some loopholes that allow suppliers to force the signing of a supplemental agreement or different prices after the initial contract is signed. This is why we've decided to clamp down on it,” the deputy antimonopoly regulation and trade minister explained.
As far as the optimization of the government procurement process is concerned, the time for preparing and submitting bids has been virtually halved. The Antimonopoly Regulation and Trade Ministry used to get a lot of complaints about protracted procedures in the past.
A state information and analysis system for managing government procurement will start working on 1 July, BelTA learned from Aleksandr Zapolsky, First Deputy Director of the National Marketing Center of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The system will be hosted at gias.by. The website will aggregate all the information about government procurement contracts, including from online trade platforms. The entire government procurement chain can be analyzed – from submitting a bid to executing a contract. Plans of government agencies will be analyzed as well.More about Economy