EU Project Contributes to AMCU’s and MEDT’s Institutional Capacity Development
On 8 – 14 May 2016, a group of Ukrainian officials from the Ministry of Economic Development as the public procurement policy maker and regulatorand Trade and the Anti-Monopoly Committee of Ukraine as the review body and competition agencyvisited Latvia and Sweden to study about the mechanisms of complaints review and detection of bid-rigging and other forms of corruption in public procurement operated in the countries.
The main purpose of the study visit was to facilitate the institutional capacity of the Ukrainian competition authorities through access to the first-hand information and practical expertise of Latvian and Swedish counterparts developing competition in their public procurement markets. More specifically, the Ukrainian beneficiaries were given an opportunity to get acquainted with the pro-active approach to the detection and prevention of bid rigging and other tools for decreasing corruption in public procurement in the hosting countries.
Both hosting agencies for the study visit have substantial practical expertise, institutional policies and capacities to prevent corrupt anti-competitive practices in their public procurement markets.
The study visit is believed to contribute to the development of the AMCU’s institutional capacity for the detection, investigation and prevention of bid rigging practices and will improve interaction between the AMCU Complaints Review Department and the units responsible for the detection of collusive tendering. It also aimed at improving interaction between the MEDT, law enforcement authorities and large contracting entities in the effective prevention of bid rigging and other forms of corruption in the public procurement sphere.
The visit was organised by the Project as part of its support activities of strengthening the institutional capacity of the Anti-Monopoly Committee as a review body in public procurement.