State procurement reformation to be accelerated twofold
The Economic Development and Trade Ministry of Ukraine should accelerate the reformation of the state procurement system and update it to an electronic system Deputy Head of the Presidential Administration of Ukraine Dmitry Shymkiv has said, referring to the decision of the National Reforms Council made at a meeting on May 15.
"All dates proposed by the ministry were criticized by meeting participants and all [were asked] asked to accelerate them by two times," he said.
Shymkiv said that during the meeting Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko expressed his readiness to support the relevant draft law in the same way as he supported the draft law on drug state procurement through international organizations.
The National Reforms Council also discussed the issue of Ukraine joining the WTO Agreement on Government Procurement (GPA), which would open new markets with an annual turnover of $1.7 trillion, attract international investors, and carry out state procurement under international standards, Shymkiv said.
He said that state procurement in Ukraine totals UAH 250 billion a year. The sum could be reduced by 10% if corruption is removed, and the cost could be cut by another 10% if competition restrictions are removed.