Azerbaijan to give preference to local producers during public procurement (UPDATE)
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Baku, Azerbaijan, Jan. 19
By Huseyn Veliyev - Trend:
Azerbaijan will give preference to domestic products during public procurement, Azerbaijan's Economy Minister Shahin Mustafayev said Jan.19 at the meeting of the Parliamentary Committee on Economic Policy.
He made the remarks regarding the draft amendments to the law "On Public Procurement" adopted Jan.19 by the country's parliament.
In case of high quality production, even if the tender bid cost exceeds the price offered by the customer within the framework of the tender by 20 percent, the preference will be given to local producer, in accordance with these amendments, the minister said.
"These proposals have been prepared within the framework of promoting domestic production," he said. "Previously, it was recommended to give preference to domestic production even if the tender bid cost exceeded the price offered by the customer within the framework of the tender by 15 percent, but it wasn't mandatory."
On Jan.15, Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev signed a decree on liquidation of the State Procurement Agency and the transfer of its powers and functions, as well as its state property, to the State Service for Antimonopoly Policy and Consumer Rights' Protection of the country's economy ministry.