Decentralized public procurements have not reduced corruption risks – Transparency International

Decentralized public procurements have not reduced corruption risks – Transparency International

YEREVAN, June 27. /ARKA/. Decentralization of public procurements has not led to reduction of corruption risks, executive director of Transparency International anti-corruption center Varuzhan Octanyan said in presenting the results of the monitoring in Armenia in 2011-2013.

According to Armenia’s new law about public procurements that came into effect on January 1, 2011, the public procurement system was fully decentralized. Yet, no changes occurred in terms of corruption risks, and serious problems remained, he said.

The law envisaged more fundamental use of electronic procurements in the country and an independent appeal system.

The monitoring was held by Transparency International together with “Open Society Funds – Armenia” in the period from 2011 to the first quarter of 2013 to see the effects of the new law in terms of corruption risks in Armenia. The main directions of the monitoring were appeal institution, procurement from one person, electronic procurements, framework agreements, activities of the Public Procurement Center, full and transparent reporting on public procurements website, Octanyan said.

The monitoring program was carried out by the executive director of Transparency International center Varuzhan Octanyan. Economist Artak Manukyan was involved in the study as an expert. –0—

14:41 27.06.2014

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