ProZorro Anniversary: Overview of Public Procurement Reform Сhanges
On 1 April 2017, the public e-procurement system ProZorro celebrated the first anniversary since it was started. What is the impact? During this time the reform increased awareness, simplified and accelerated both the procurement process and its monitoring, brought all participants together within the framework of a single system, and provided access to out-of-country purchases (GPA). The public procurement market increased in terms of volume as well as of the number of purchases made; there was also a increase in the number of participants (contracting authorities and suppliers).
At the same time, however, there are a lot of issues that still need to be addressed: in particular, use of non-price evaluation criteria (at present, most purchases are made on the bases of the price criterion alone and the concluded agreements are of the fixed price type), evaluation and prevention of market and non-market risks (which distort the results of purchases because of conclusion of amendments to the contract), further integration with available sources of open data (for simplified evaluation of contractors), etc.