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  • OECD provides training for NPC Ukrenergo specialists on international procurement standards

    The International Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) has launched a course of webinars and master classes for the Company’s employees on fighting bid rigging in public procurement in the Ukraine energy sector as part of the analysis of Ukrenergo’s procurement processes.

    During the training, OECD experts presented key findings of their review of the public procurement system in NPC Ukrenergo based on the analysis that began in 2020, as well as important recommendations for the Company. The review itself should be presented in the summer of 2021. Today, the OECD experts praised the high level of expertise of NPC Ukrenergo’s procurement specialists and the advanced practices in the tender procedures conducted by the Company.

    Training events are being held at Ukrenergo on 21–23 April with the participation of Maryna Bezrukova, Member of the Company’s Management Board, Antonio Capobianco, Acting Head of the OECD Competition Division and other OECD experts, representatives of the Antimonopoly Committee of Ukraine (AMCU), Monica Jimenez, Manager of Supply Area of the Spanish System Operator Red Eléctrica, representatives of the Romanian Competition Council, the Lithuanian Competition Council, the Administrative Council for Economic Defence of Brazil (CADE), and other experts.

    Master classes and webinars are aimed at clarifying the OECD directives and recommendations on fighting bid rigging in public procurement, which implement best practices in the field of public procurement, and materials from the review of Ukrenergo’s public procurement. The aim of the event is to promote the development of Ukrenergo’s procurement specialists and teach them how to use new effective tools to increase competition in bidding and counteract possible cartel collusion in tenders.

    “It is extremely important for us that the preparation of tenders and that Ukrenergo’s tenders, in particular, are as transparent as possible and always encourage competition, reducing the impact of the human factor to zero. This is a difficult task, given the specifics of the system operator’s operation. After all, quite often we have to work in the so-called “narrow” markets to purchase goods or services that only a limited number of suppliers in the world can provide. In such cases, the experience of European experts, such as the OECD, European antimonopoly authorities and system operators, is very useful for us. That is why we are very grateful to the OECD and all the experts who took part in webinars and master classes for Ukrenergo employees,” said Maryna Bezrukova, Member of the Management Board of NPC Ukrenergo.

    AMCU representatives at one of the master classes presented their public awareness campaigns on countering cartel collusion in tenders in the context of the Ukrainian current legislative framework and shared practical experience in conducting Antimonopoly Committee’s investigations, etc.

    The audience was also introduced to case studies, problem solving experience during public tenders in Romania and Brazil, and the best procurement practices of the Spanish Transmission System Operator Red Eléctrica.

    Master classes also included practical exercises where trainees were to pass theoretical tests, as well as review hypothetical situations to determine steps and measures to improve tender planning in order to enhance competition.

    Also, in May and June 2021, the OECD plans to deliver several webinars for representatives of Ukrainian authorities and mass media, where conclusions on the effectiveness of the Ukrainian public procurement system will be presented illustrated by the example of NPC Ukrenergo.

    It will be recalled that the OECD launched a comprehensive external analysis of the procurement processes of NPC Ukrenergo in January 2020 to provide an external independent assessment and recommendations. Ukrenergo was the first Ukrainian state-owned company to have initiated such a review. The project consists of a number of key stages, including analyzing procurements within the Company and interviewing.

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