Public procurement as driver of trade and economic development
On June 14, 2012, the State Procurement Agency jointly with OECD SIGMA Programme (Support for Improvement in Governance and Management) organized a workshop on “Public procurement as driver of trade and economic development” at Hilton Baku hotel. Representatives from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Economic Development, Azerbaijan Export & Investment Promotion Foundation (AZPROMO),Ministry of Agriculture, Implementation of Twinning, TAIEX and SIGMA operations (ITTSO) EU Project, the business community operating in Azerbaijan, such as Akkord OJSC, R+R Company LLC, Embawood LLC, AZENCO OJSC, also a local representative of Manage to Supply Company and some representatives of the State Procurement Agency participated at the workshop. The workshop aimed at giving information to Azerbaijani enterprises who are interested in participating in public procurements held in EU.
Speakers talked about the economic relationship between Azerbaijan and the EU, current development level of the economy of Azerbaijan, EU cooperation with Azerbaijan, projects implemented in Azerbaijan which are supported by EU and participants watched a presentation about an overview of EU cooperation with Azerbaijan.
The presentation made by a Ukrainian consultant Vitaliy Kravchuk, informed the participants about the process of signing the Association Agreement between Ukraine and EU, setting up the process and its implementation, the advantages and the disadvantages Ukraine have as a result of signing the Agreement, as well as the opportunities available during the time of “transition period” given before the full commencement of this Agreement.
Also participants were informed aboutthe mission of Azerbaijan Export & Investment Promotion Foundation (AZPROMO) in the Republic of Azerbaijan and topics such as, importance of exporting, Azerbaijan’s recent experience in export field, also challenges Azerbaijani enterprises face in European markets etc. were covered and a presentation on “Generalized System of Preferences (GSP)” was made and has caused a big interest among the participants.
The event continued with the discussion related to the presentations made and ended with the suggestions for future actions.
Public Procurement Workshop: Procurement Below Thresholds
There was held a workshop on Procurement Below Thresholds with a joint initiative of the State Procurement Agency (SPA) and OECD SIGMA Programme (Support for Improvement in Governance and Management) in June 12, 2012 at Hilton Baku hotel. Representatives from Azerbaijan Melioration and Water Management OJSC, Azerbaijan Export & Investment Promotion (AZPROMO), Ministry of Agriculture, Ministry of Industry and Power Engineering, Azerenerji OJSC, Ministry of Taxes, Azersu OJSC, Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources, Ministry of Justice, Baku State University, Chamber of Accounts, Ministry of Education, Ministry of Economic Development, Administration of Historical-Architectural Reserve “Icharishahar” and some representatives of SPA participated at the workshop.
The workshop was leaded by Daniel Ivarsson, senior adviser, SIGMA, Gelu Kazan, consultant, SIGMA and Elshad Samadzade, head of the Department of Economic Analysis and Control. Akif Azimov, local expert in public procurement field also attended the workshop.
The participants were introduced the presentation on “Procurement Below Thresholds” made by Gelu Kazan and Daniel Ivarsson. So they were informed about basic EU policies for the regulation of public procurement below the thresholds, national regulatory instruments and thresholds in the EU, national rules and procedures in matters regulated and not regulated by the EU Directives. Gelu Kazan also talked about Romanian experience in procurement field answered the questions of the participants. The event continued with the discussion related to the presentations made and ended with the suggestions for future actions.
Public Procurement Policy Workshop
The Government of the Republic of Azerbaijan, the EBRD and the UNCITRAL hosted a policy dialogue workshop on 31 May – 1 June at Hilton Baku Hotel in Baku on “Enhancing Public Procurement Legislation in Azerbaijan”,based on the revised 2011 UNCITRAL Model Law on Public Procurement.
The purpose of the workshop was to discuss progress made by Azerbaijan in developing public procurement regulatory and institutional framework and to identify areas of potential reform and capacity building. An assessment of the Azerbaijani public procurement law was done by comparing relevant 2011 UNCITRAL Model Law provisions with those corresponding to public procurement law of the Republic of Azerbaijan. Domestic and international experts discussed public procurement legislation and drafted reform agenda with governmental decision makers and senior procurement officials. Policy experts then identified shortcomings of Azerbaijani law and made recommendation on how they can be dealt with.
The workshop was opened by Neil McKain, Head of Resident office, EBRD, Ambassador Roland Kobia, EU Delegation to Azerbaijan, Alekper Guliyev,Head of Staff, State Procurement Agency of Azerbaijan who welcomed theparticipants to the workshop. The workshop was spread over two days and divided into four sessions on the first day and onesession on the following day. Each session was lead by the moderators and presentations were made by the representatives of the State Procurement Agency, international experts of EBRD UNCITRAL Initiative, EBRD procurement specialists, local adviser, representatives of international financial institutions etc.
In the result of the workshop participants informed about 2011 UNCITRAL MODEL Law and its features, its comparison with Azerbaijani legislation, benefits of drafting Azerbaijani law in accordance with 2011 UNCITRAL MODEL Law.
Simultaneous translation in Russian and English provided during the workshop.
Public Procurement Workshop: Procurement Below Thresholds
Venue: The Hilton Hotel, Baku, Republic of Azerbaijan
Date: 12 June, 2012
Participants: Invited members of the Azerbaijani public procurement community
Speakers: Mr Daniel Ivarsson, Senior Adviser, SIGMA
Mr Gelu Cazan, Consultant, SIGMA
[Azerbaijani representatives tbd]
10:00-10:10 Welcome and introduction
10:10-10:30 Basic EU policies for the regulation of public procurement below the thresholds:
Treaty principles and rules and Interpretative Communication
10:30-10:45 National regulatory instruments and thresholds in the EU and selected other
10:45-11:20 Examples of national rules and procedures in matters regulated by the EU
invitations, notices; time limits; submission; qualification; evaluation and award;
technical specifications; electronic procurement; framework agreements; complaints
11:40-12:10 Examples of national rules and procedures in matters not regulated by the EU
Directives: tender proceedings; opening; securities; cancellation; tender validity;
conflicts of interest; special procedures for consulting and other intellectual services
12:10-12:30 Procurement below the thresholds or otherwise not subject to the public
procurement law in Azerbaijan: by central government entities; in investment
projects with international participation; by regional and local authorities
12:30-12:50 Concluding discussion and suggestions for future action
12:50-13:00 Summing-up and closure of the workshop
This workshop is for contracting authoroties
Note: “below threshold” refers to public procurement contracts that are below the EU or GPA financial thresholds for works, supplies and services contracts. Below threshold contracts are not covered by the procedural requirements of the public procurement Directives and can therefore be awarded using national rules, policies and procedures, if regulated at all.