UZBEKISTAN

Country Public Procurement Profile Survey (with E-Government Procurement Overview)
COUNTRY Uzbekistan
Respondent Agency Ministry of Finance, 29, Istiqlol str., Tashkent, 100008, Uzbekistan
Date of First Submission Thursday, August 25, 2011
Date of Last Update Friday, October 14, 2011
Part A.  Country Public Procurement Profile (Only those answers selected by the respondent from a multiple choice menu would appear below.)
1 Does your country have a central Public Procurement Authority (PPA) with legal authority through legislative enactment, executive decree or administrative regulation to act as functional and normative body in public procurement?
a.      Yes
2 The PPA’s mandates involve the following responsibilities (please select as many as applicable, one per line):
d.      procurement audit
e.       procurement complaint review
h.      procurement capacity development and training
i.        quality assurance and accreditation for procurement training
Others (please specify):
3 The PPA reports to:
Others (please specify):  Cabinet of Ministers
4 Number of people employed by the PPA: (Please provide an organizational chart of the PPA and email address for communication, if possible)
b. 6-8 staff
Email address for communication with PPA:  bobidov@mf.uz
5 Does PPA have a website?
a.      Yes
Link to PPA website:  www.xarid.uz
6 The PPA website covers the following areas (please select as many as applicable, one per line):
b.      news, events and policy initiatives related to public procurement
f.       specific opportunities and notices for bidders
h.      posting of overview and resolutions to complaints
i.        centralized online system for procurement monitoring of procuring entities
Other functions (please specify):
7 Do you have a public procurement law or any other regulatory act with legislative power? (Please provide a link or a scanned copy of its English version.) If yes, which of following are true (please select as many as applicable, one per line)?
d.      the law does not cover procurement conducted by public utilities
h.      the law establishes a decentralized system with prior review and approval procedures for large contracts
l.        the law currently provides principles and general procedures  that makes provision for the  use/adoption of e-procurement
NOTE:  As regards a public procurement law or any other regulatory act with legislative power in our country the main documents are the Resolution of the Cabinet of Ministers of the Republic of Uzbekistan.  In accordance with the Resolution on February 7, 2011 ? PP-1475 Governmental Commission on Public Procurement under the Cabinet of Ministers of the Republic of Uzbekistan was established which monitors the process of public procurement.  The above mentioned documents are only in Uzbek and Russian languages.
Link to public procurement law, if any:
8 Do you have a strategic plan or reform agenda for developing the procurement system in your country? (Please provide a copy or link)
a.       Yes, this is a long term procurement strategy updated 3-5 years and its key outcomes are incorporated into national development strategy documents of the country
Others (please specify):
9 What kind of initiatives and assistance in your view is needed to improve your public procurement system in the near future? [Please select your five most important initiatives among the choices, one per line.]
b.      Assess compliance with country’s public procurement rules and regulations by procuring entities
f.       Launch communication campaign to improve public awareness of country’s public procurement policy
i.        Reform public procurement strategy to further the development of small and medium enterprises through procurement
Others (please specify):
Additional notes, if any:
10 What is the size of the public procurement of your country? Please select the closest corresponding values based on most recent available information or your rough assessment?
I. Average annual procurement under national and local budget
d.    more than US$ 200 million
II. Average annual procurement by State Owned Enterprises (those who are subject to the procurement regulations)
III. Average annnual procurement under Official Development Assistance (Donor-funded projects)
Part B.  e-Government Procurement Planning (Only those answers selected by the respondent from a multiple choice menu would appear below.)
1 Has your government formed or implemented a concrete plan for development of e-Gp?  Please select only one answer.  (If yes, please email a copy of the plan to mkhaltarpurev@adb.org).
c.   Yes, both a and b are true
2 Which of the following best describes the functionality of your planned e-Gp initiatives? (Please select as many as applicable, one per line.)
a.       a single website that consolidates and publishes all national information and policies related to public procurement
c.       e-publication system for real time procurement notices
e.        system for bidders to download bidding documents and RFPs in response to the published procurement notices
f.       e-bidding system for bidders to submit their bid or proposals online and observe the online public opening of the bid
3 Do you have plans to implement any new e-Gp system at the national level? (Please select as many as applicable, one per line.)
4 Does the scope of your e-GP plans include the following? (Please select as many as applicable, one per line, and please provide a copy of the relevant documents if possible.)
a.    improving legal architecture to facilitate e-Gp system implementation
c.   Obtaining/searching funding support for e-Gp system enhancement
Part C.  e-Government Procurement System Implementation (Only those answers selected by the respondent from a multiple choice menu would appear below.)
1 General Information about the e-GP system presently in operation
a.  System Name:  Electronic Government Procurement
b.  Website Address:  http://www.xarid.uz/
c.  Administration/Operator of the System:  Uzbek Commodity Exchange
d.  Agency(s) using the System:  Budget organization (Buyer), legal entity, certified by Uzbek Commodity Exchange (Supplier), Specialized entity (Broker)
e.  Year of launch:  April 2011
2 Brief description of the system in terms of coverage and main functional modules
a.  e-publication/downloading:  Broker downloads publication in website
b.  e-bidding:  There are specific items which are purchased through e-bidding when after publication suppliers submits e-proposals and winner (with lowest price) is defined automatically by system in specified date.
c.  e-contracting:  NO
d.  e-payment:  Treasury makes e-payment on behalf of budget organizations (buyer)
e.  e- reverse auction:  NO
f.  e-catalog purchasing:  NO
g.  e-Guarantee/security:  NO
3 Other government IT systems that the e-Gp system links to (please select as many as applicable):
Others (please specify):
4 How do the bidders input and submit their proposal/tender documents into your e-Tendering  System, if any (please select as many as applicable)?
Other methods (please specify):  Supplier submit its proposal to broker which in its turn inputs proposal to website.
5 If bid evaluation is carried out online, briefly describe the process of online evaluation.
6 Is bid security/guarantee required on your e-procurement system? (Please explain briefly.)
Supplier transfer financial deposit at 3% of proposed goods’ value. This financial deposit is transferred to supplier if he wins and sighs contract with buyer but financial deposit is transferred to buyer if supplier refuses to sigh contract with buyer.
7 Does the e-Gp system require specific operating system, browser?
8 Describe the security method (e.g. digital authentication) used in the e-Gp system.
9 Are electronic and paper documents legally equivalent in your country?
YES
10 Briefly describe the management of the e-Gp system in terms of :
a.  the business model (managed in house, outsourced etc.):
b.  users fee for suppliers or procuring agencies (if any):  users fee at 0.05% from contract value paid to Uzbek Commodity Exchange, plus fees for broker services
c.  training (available programs, e-learning, manuals etc):  Short-term courses, organized by Training Center of the Ministry of Finance
d.  certification ( if required who issues, how):  Certificate issued by Training Center of the Ministry of Finance
e.  Call Center (Q&A for user requirements etc.):  There is call center in Uzbek Commodity Exchange
f.  Self teaching (modules for user requirements):  NO
g.  Service centers (physical service centers to meet user requirements):  NO
h.  Any incentives offered to encourage adoption of this system by other procuring entities:  Center for Small Business Product Promotion deals with this issue.
11 Please provide the following statistics (if available):
a. number of procuring entities legally required to use the e-Gp system:
b. number of procuring entities registered in the e-Gp system as of December 31 2010:
c. number of procuring entities that actually used the e-Gp system since its inception:
d.value of the contracts awarded in 2010  (in USD):
e. value of the contracts (awarded) registered in the e-Gp in 2010 (in USD):
f. active business (contractors and suppliers) in the country as of December 31, 2010:
g. contractors/suppliers registered in the System as of December 31, 2010:
12 How do you encourage procuring entities and suppliers to use the e-Gp system?
13 Do you allow individual procuring entities to customize national e-Gp systems? If yes, in what way(e.g. use a different website design with their logo)
NO
14 Are individual agencies free to use different systems to those approved at the central level? If yes, is there any central approval procedure for this?
NO
15 What are the key success factors you observe in introducing or implementing e-Gp in your public procurement system framework (please list them if any)?
a. Well prepared regulations
b. Timely and qualitative training
16 What are the major problems you faced in introducing or implementing e-Gp system under your public procurement framework (please list them)?
17 What approach to the e-Gp development is suitable for your country’s public procurement system and why? (Please briefly describe your answer.)  OPTIONAL
THANK YOU!