On 25 – 26 de July 2011, the Ministry of Finance held a consultation workshop, the so called” “New Omnibus Procurement Law, Rules, Regulations and New Standard Forms documents” which was opened by the Minister of Finance HE Dra. Emilia Pires. 163 people took part in the event comprising of government directors general, private sector representatives, civil society representatives, Catholic Church, development partners and international agencies representatives, such as World Bank, Bank Mandiri, AusAID, JICA, BNU, ANZ and UNDP.
The objective of the workshop was to gather and share ideas and suggestions towards consolidating several procurement decree laws since 2005 into one consolidated comprehensive decree law that will be presented to the COM for further debate and approval.
In the event, Minister Pires underlined the importance of the standardization of tender and public contracts documents using two envelope system such as value for money which emphasizes on quality, the cost and time.
Dr Francis Sskandi, the Columbia University Law Consultant was the Technical Consultant who developed this decree law from the 12 existing decree laws, as mentioned above such as: Decree law no. 10/2005, Decree law no. 11/2005, Decree law no. 12/2005, Decree law no.14/2006, Decree law no.24/2008, Decree law no.1/2010, Decree law no.2/2010, Decree law no.3/2010, Decree law no.14/2010, Decree Law no.16/March o/2011, Decree law no.14/2011, Decree law no.18/2011.
The new consolidated decree law aims at simplifying the rules and will provide sound guidelines, more competences and responsibilities to the line ministries in order to best utilize the resources according to the needs of the ministry through a Ministerial Diploma. Once approved by the COM the decree law will be disseminated immediately countrywide to ensure that everybody is able to comply with the new procurement rules and procedures appropriately.