The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) will assist the Anti-Monopoly Committee of Ukraine (AMCU) in creating the conditions for a fair, accountable, transparent and effective system for appeals against public procurement in Ukraine that will ensure the rule of law and reduce the corruption risks.
The Protocol of Cooperation was signed during an online meeting of representatives of the Anti-Monopoly Committee of Ukraine, U.S. Agency for International Development and USAID New Justice Program.
“USAID is proud to support innovative approaches to changing the way governmental institutions work to better meet the needs of the public. This includes building the capacity of our partners to effectively manage resources through self-reliant programs that target key challenges facing society. In that regard, USAID welcomes efforts by the Anti-Monopoly Committee towards making government services more accessible, easy to use, efficient and cost effective,” emphasized Director of the Office of Democracy and Governance at USAID Regional Mission for Ukraine and Belarus Thomas White.
He also stated that USAID is very interested in continuing cooperation with the Anti-Monopoly Committee in enhancing its public procurement review processes in response to the needs of businesses and the public alike.
Chair of the Anti-Monopoly Committee of Ukraine Yuriy Terentyev said that extending cooperation with the USAID program is a good opportunity for the AMCU.
“The AMCU is committed to building a modern effective and transparent competition authority and this requires a high degree of legal certainty and predictability, therefore all the activities related to the development of the sound state agencies framework and judicial system are key priorities for us. I think that further extension of our cooperation with USAID is a next step in our development,” he added.
In response to the request for support from the Anti-Monopoly Committee to strengthen its processes for resolving public procurement disputes, and following the USAID guidance, the USAID New Justice Program together with AMCU staff identified clear areas for cooperation.
“One of the key elements of our Program is supporting the efficient dispute resolution, including online dispute resolution, which is particularly relevant now. Therefore, we are pleased to have the opportunity to assist the Committee in enhancing its institutional capacity, specifically, in resolving public procurement disputes online,” said, USAID New Justice Program Chief of Party David Vaughn.
The Program will engage experts to independently analyze the AMCU activities related to appeals against public procurement decisions and to develop proposals for its automation. Specifically, the Program will assist the AMCU with the development and implementation of electronic document forms for exchanging information between the AMCU and parties to public procurement appeals. The AMCU and the USAID New Justice Program will also cooperate in introducing the innovations in in the Committee’s case management practices.