Albania Puts Public Tenders Online
08 10 2007 Tirana_The Albanian government launched a pilot project on Sunday to move public tenders online, aiming to cut the cost of procurement and curb possible corrupt practices.
The project was presented at a briefing by deputy Prime Minister Gazmend Oketa, and is supported by the United Nations within the framework of its Millennium Development Goals.
This is a very important decision. It marks the creation of the first platform that will make possible public procurement online, said Oketa.
The online platform will be managed at first by Albanias Public Procurement Agency, while in a second stage after the consolidation of the Agency for e-Government Services, it will be integrated with other activities run by that organisation.
According to Oketa, the widespread application of this system in the future will cut procurement costs by 25 per cent.
This will allow us to save public money, which will fully justify the administration of this process online, said Oketa.
The deputy premier also added that online procurement is a difficult but necessary step in the war against corruption.
The new project will register contracting companies online which will make it possible for them to be notified in real time of a new procurement requirement by the administration.
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