New rules on government procurements were discussed at a round table at the National Centre for Marketing
A new version of the Law «On state procurement of goods (works, services)» will come into force on July 1 2019. In this regard, the Standing Committee of the House of Representatives of the National Assembly of the Republic of Belarus on Economic Policy, the Ministry of Antimonopoly Regulation and Trade of the Republic of Belarus, as well as the National Centre for Marketing of the Foreign Ministry of Belarus organized a round table on the topic «Problems and prospects of legal regulation and development of the public procurement system». The event was attended by ministries, republican and regional enterprises of the country.
«The market of government procurements of the Eurasian Economic Union amounts to more than three hundred billion dollars, and when this union was organized, we expected that by ensuring transparency in the public procurement system, we would become competitive participants in this common market. An open electronic system in the field of public procurements is very important both from the point of view of the development of the country's economy and from the point of view of preventing corruption. Government procurements is an indicator of competitiveness. And Belarus is at the forefront in this issue,» Vladislav Shchepov, the Chairman of the Standing Committee of the House of Representatives of the National Assembly of the Republic of Belarus, stated.
The National Centre for Marketing of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Belarus, which was defined by the Government of the Republic of Belarus as the developer and operator of the state information and analytical public procurement management system (GIAS), demonstrated the new system to the participants of the round table. The GIAS will increase transparency and efficiency of public procurements. As a result of innovations, the automated system will be able to analyze the entire procurement life cycle, starting with procurement planning and ending with the execution of contracts. It will be possible to sign contracts in the form of an electronic document.
The National Centre for Marketing presented a new module for procurements from a single source in an electronic format that will reduce transaction costs for customers and suppliers and make information on purchasing from a single source accessible to a wide range of users.
Issues related to the transition to full digitalization of the state procurement process, in particular - the issue of placing the annual procurement plan under the new rules, the issue of reserving budget funds during public procurements and signing a public procurement contract in electronic format - were the main topics discussed by the round table. Exhaustive answers were provided by the representatives of the Ministry of Finance of the Republic of Belarus, the Ministry of Antimonopoly Regulation and Trade of the Republic of Belarus, as well as the operator of GIAS - the National Centre for Marketing.