THE REFORM IN THE SYSTEM OF STATE AND CORPORATE PROCUREMENTS BEGINS
The Directorate of the International Industrial Fair and Cooperation Exchange is liquidated, the system of state and corporate procurements is being improved, and the National Exhibition Complex UzExpoCenter will be developed. All this follows from the Decree of the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan ‘On reforming the system of state and corporate procurements of goods, works and services.’
The main reasons for the liquidation of the Directorate of the International Industrial Fair and the Cooperation Exchange are named.
According to experts, one of the main reasons is that “by allowing to make procurements of equipment, components, processed raw materials and materials on the basis of direct contracts without tenders within the Cooperation Exchange, this procedure created the conditions for various kinds of corruption manifestations, including the use of Exchange for the purpose of concluding contracts with predetermined suppliers.”
In addition, ‘Procedures for holding exhibition and fair events do not provide the proper level of access to state and corporate orders for the supply of goods, works, services, primarily of small businesses and, as a consequence, the further development of a healthy competitive environment.
Also, the Directorate is practically not provided with the fulfillment of the main tasks related to the analysis of concluded contracts and the formation on their basis of proposals for the inclusion of relevant projects in the Localization Program, enhancing the role and importance of industrial cooperation for expanding localization of finished products based on local raw materials… Inefficient registration system, lack of effective mechanisms to control over the execution of concluded contracts often lead to non-fulfillment of accepted contractual obligations and approved network schedules.
To remedy this situation, it is planned to develop measures to radically improve the system of state and corporate procurements, including those aimed at increasing their transparency through the creation of a unified information portal for state procurements and a unified national resource guide within the Unified National Information System for Project Management of Uzbekistan.
Proposals on the development of exhibition and fair activities of the National Exhibition Complex UzExpoCenter should be prepared.