On 25 October, at Courtyard Marriot Hotel, the State Procurement Agency gave the presentation on the Unified Electronic System of State Procurement for the representatives of the business community, media and public at large.
Along with the presentation the State Procurement Agency announced the first electronic tender in Georgia for the procurement of services for the conversion of 2 million pages into digital format (scanning). According to the new System, the use of which is voluntary until 1 December 2010, all the tender procedures will be accomplished electronically starting from the aforementioned date.
“The Agency has been intensively working for the past year for the implementation of the Unified Electronic System of State Procurement. The relevant legal framework was elaborated, the electronic tender software was developed and many other measures were implemented, which were necessary for sustainable and safe operation of the system. The innovation introduced into the state procurement field will make the announcement of and participation in tenders more convenient and transparent. The system will practically exclude the corruption, increase the confidence and involvement of the society into state procurements, ensure fair competition, rational disbursement of administrative and financial resources, save time and money,” – said the Mr. Tato Urjumelashvili, the Chairman of the State Procurement Agency.
The system of electronic procurements is implemented in Georgia under the technical assistance of the National Agency of Public Registry of Georgia. In the course of preparation of the reform due account was taken of the experience and good practice of the leading western countries.