Developments in Public Procurement System Presented in Odessa
On 31 May, a Public Procurement Seminar was held in Odessa by the EU funded Project together with the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade of Ukraine in coordination with the Odessa Regional State Administration.
The purpose of the Seminar was to present the latest legislative and strategic developments – the new Law on Public Procurement and the new Public Procurement Reform Strategy/Road-Map for 2016-2022 – and to discuss issues of local authority coordination in regard to public procurement operations in the Odessa region. The event also provided the opportunity to launch the Ministry’s on-line Public Procurement Training for All Programme and its new Public Procurement Information Brochure (which explains the system and its future reform directions), prepared by the Project and the Ministry.
Mr Boris Filipov, Attaché, Private Sector Development Manager, EU Delegation to Ukraine, said that: “The establishment of a fair, credible, transparent and legitimate public procurement system in Ukraine requires a range of different initiatives and approaches, including coherent institutional development, competence building, and real transparency. It is significant that Ukraine is committed to these reforms and that considerable work has been done in the last year to carve out the actual strategic directions for public procurement reform in Ukraine.”
Mr Oleksandr Starodubtsev, Head of the Public Procurement Regulation Department of the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade told the Seminar that: “Today we can speak with confidence about the successful completion of the first phase of the reform of public procurement. The results of the pilot launch of the e-procurement system were impressive; saving more than 1 billion UAH of taxpayers’ money. But e-procurement reform is just gaining the momentum. Our next goal is the complete transition to e-procurement. From 1 April it applies to central administration and large state-owned enterprises and starting from 1 August the system will be mandatory for all public procurement in Ukraine. It is important that the reform of public procurement in Ukraine continues to receive support from the Government of Ukraine, businesses, NGOs, activists and, of course, the international community and EU leaders.”
Dr Eugene Stuart, Team Leader of the EU funded Project, highlighted that the new Law on Public Procurement contained elements constituting preliminary steps towards further EU alignment as foreseen in the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement: “These include advances towards the first steps in regard to professionalisation and the creation of Centralised Procurement Bodies. As the Law comes into force, it will be important that the implementation of the new rules and systems are carefully and objectively monitored by the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade as the regulator of the Ukrainian public procurement system”. Dr Stuart also pointed to the strong early take-up of the Ministry’s new online Public Procurement Training Programme: “Until recently, there was no guarantee that any of the 100,000 officials carrying out procurement in Ukraine had received any training. After only two weeks, over 5,000 trainees have signed up for the new free on-line training”.