Savchenko: Ukraine's Defense Ministry should disclose information

Source : 112 Ukraine

The MP demands data on mediators working on goods and services procurement for the army
14:30, 5 November 2016


Without their participation actual manufacturers cannot obtain orders from the defense sector, Nadiya Savchenko claims.

The Ukrainian lawmaker directed a parliamentary enquiry to the Ministry of Defense, in which she asks to provide her with information “on general number and sums of concluded contracts between the Ukrainian Defense Ministry and enterprises that are not actual manufacturers or service providers”. Savchenko wrote this on her Facebook page.

'It is a well-known and shameful fact that goods and services for the Ukrainian Defense Ministry are bought today mainly from intermediary enterprises that are not actual manufacturers. This is the reason for much higher purchase prices, and that leads to corruption among Ministry officials responsible for procurement. At the same time actual manufacturers cannot obtain such orders without intermediaries', the enquiry says.

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From 50 to 90 percent of procurement for the army is routed through intermediaries according to experts, Savchenko noted.

The idea of elaboration and submission of the Law of the Ukraine draft that would forbid procurement in defense sector of Ukraine (state enterprise “Ukroboronprom” and the Defense Ministry) other than from direct manufacturers, will be checked based on the Defense Ministry data, the MP announced.

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'Clearly, the new procurement system ProZorro that started operating also in military procurement area will partially regulate the price for goods and services, but problem of procurement through intermediaries still remains,' Savchenko concluded.

As it was reported earlier, the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine will consider a number of draft laws concerning law enforcement on a plenary session on Thursday, November 3. This was announced on the meeting’s agenda on the official web-site of the Parliament.

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