Cote d'Ivoire - Country procurement assessment report : Rapport general (الفرنسية)
This country procurement assessment report has been written in the context of a country torn in two by conflict and war, and presently patched together under a peace accord reached in 2003. This report has been formulated in response to the current uneasy... انظر المزيد +
This country procurement assessment report has been written in the context of a country torn in two by conflict and war, and presently patched together under a peace accord reached in 2003. This report has been formulated in response to the current uneasy political situation in Cote d'Ivoire. Despite socio-political constraints, progress has been accomplished notably with the preparation of a new procurement code which now extends to public procurement contracts for public services; eliminates discriminatory procedures and increases competition, reinforces transparency of procurement procedures; improves accountability and approval procedures, as well as defines the procedural framework for decentralized agencies; systematizes the control of invitations to bid, sets up an independent bidding process, and regulates agreements among participants; and establishes a regulatory framework for sanctions to fight against corruption and fraud in public procurement. Also, a website has been launched to disseminate information regarding public procurement. Despite these advances introduced by the Code, some of the mechanisms need to be re-examined to guarantee real transparency, equity, and efficiency in the process. The report discusses areas needing attention including conflict-of-interest issues in procurement policymaking, decentralization of functions, independent auditing, the enforcement of sanctions, and human capital development to improve procurement management. Moreover there is no existing legal and judicial framework nor existing agency set up to fight against corruption; the current penal code does not address specifically and comprehensively address corruption linked to exercising power in the public domain. He strategy for reform is comprised of five pillars which focus on improving the legal framework, changing procurement procedures and practices, increasing the expertise of personnel, clarifying rules and setting up a complaint process that fairly applies the law and inspires confidence, and installing measures to fight corruption.
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