29 May 2014

Tunisia: Reform of Public Procurement System Under Focus

Tunis, — The reform of the public contract system was at the centre of a workshop held, Thursday, in Tunis.

The meeting also eyed new cooperation avenues in public procurement. It was attended by representatives of national structures and international sponsors, such as the African Development Bank, the World Bank and Japan International Cooperation Agency.

The considered overhaul is aimed at fostering the role of public contracts in achieving development objectives, set by the government, by means of speeding up works of public projects and relaxing procedures for small- and medium-sized enterprises and small-and medium-sized industries, Auditor General at the High Authority for Public Procurement (HICOP) Khaled Johmani told TAP.

The reforms seek to ensure efficient public purchases at a good price-quality ratio and uphold good governance by introducing a new code of conduct in public contracting.

The creation of the National Council for Public Procurement and HICOP fall in line with the reorganisation of the various structures concerned with public contracts, Johmani pointed up.

The "Tunisian e-procurement system" (TUNEPS) came as a greater push; the system made available online encourages the creation of jobs and stimulates investment, the official indicated.

The Decree n°2014-1039 dated March 13, 2014, reinforced the legal instruments employed to guarantee the independence of public procurement for the sake of the proper implementation of public projects, he added.

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