YEREVAN, October 15. / ARKA /. Armenia’s State Commission for Protection of Economic Competition (SCPEC) said it has revealed a number of breaches in public procurements for government-run eight orphanages and three nursing homes.
"A study of invoices has revealed that some of these institution paid for food a price 200% higher than on the market," SCPEC chief expert Ani Stepanyan said at today ‘s meeting of the anti-trust body.
According to her, the study revealed that bidding packages of two companies which competed in the contests announced by orphanages and nursing homes were almost identical, up to the spelling mistakes, contact telephone numbers and signatures of their directors.
She said both companies were named winners of the contests in turn, which ‘indicates a secret deal and violating the rules of fair competition."
She said in another case a company that supplied potatoes at 300 drams per kilo increased the price up to AMD 500, and then by a prior arrangement, the other company won the tender by offering 320 drams price.
She said in another instance one of the companies supplied beet at 300 drams per kilogram, while the maximum market price of this product in the same period was about one hundred drams.
SCPEC chairman Artak Shaboyan said administrative proceedings were instituted against five companies. She said the study continues and SCPEC will unveil more information about the violations later. -0-