Enhancing competitiveness and public procurement in Kazakhstan (11/03/2010)

ASTANA, 10 March 2010 - A new EU-financed project opens a survey for stakeholders of public procurement market to express their viewpoints and provide suggestions for improvement of public procurement in Kazakhstan. The project supports the efforts of the government of Kazakhstan in enhancing transparency, economic efficiency and competitiveness of public procurement system, thereby improving prospects for the national economy.

Within more than a year, the project team will undertake an accurate analysis of the regulatory context, structure and dynamics of public procurement system in Kazakhstan. By the use of a special web-portal (kindly assisted by E-Commerce Center), by personal visits and telephone interviews the project team will reach as many stakeholders in local public procurement sector as possible.

We are looking forward to cooperate with all stakeholders of the public procurement system in Kazakhstan. We hope that with a help of questionnaires we will get an overall picture of public procurement system in the country and outline the most problematic areas”, the team leader of the project, Ms Dora Bentsen says.

During the last few years, the government of Kazakhstan actively promotes reforms in the public procurement system which opens significant perspectives for Kazakhstan towards meeting the best EU and international standards, in particular, on e-procurement. The EU project "Enhancing Competitiveness and Public Procurement in Kazakhstan" aims at underpinning these improvements and promoting industrial competitiveness and economic development in the longer perspective.

The activities of the project will concentrate on the three main areas:

  • Upgrading laws and regulations governing public procurement in line with EU and international standards;
  • Strengthening the role and operational capacity of public procurement institutions enhancing their monitoring functions, complaints review system, ICT application and training strategies;
  • Further improvement of practical implementation of regulatory framework in public procurement, awareness raising on the importance of procurement function as an instrument for economic growth.

The project is based at the Ministry of Finance of Kazakhstan, and implemented in close co-operation with the authorised body for public procurement. The project is financed by the European Union for the amount € 1.2 million and implemented by the Italian FINEUROP SpA company.

You may find the questionnaires for customers and suppliers of public procurement at: http://www.goszakup.gov.kz

For more information, please contact Ms Marianna Praslova, PR manager of the project at +7 (7172) 718465 / 718617, or Ms Madina Bakieva, EU Delegation Press Officer at +7(7172) 971148, madina.bakieva@ec.europa.eu.