BISHKEK, May 23, 2016 – A new online public procurement e-course, launched today at a roundtable organized jointly by the Training Center of the Ministry of Finance and the World Bank, is dedicated to building the Kyrgyz Republic’s capacity in public procurement through new and innovative learning methods.
The “Online electronic public procurement course”, developed by the Training Center of the Ministry of Finance, with technical and financial support from the World Bank, comprises several learning blocks, including an “Online electronic introductory course” for procurement specialists of public organizations and an “Electronic government procurement usage course” for procurement specialists. Both of these courses are also provided separately for vendors and service providers/contractors.
The objective of the e-Course is to provide procurement specialists and vendors with comprehensive knowledge ranging from legal requirements to best practices in public procurement. The course also covers procurement planning and bidding procedures required under the national public procurement process, and contains video lessons on how to use the Electronic Government Public Procurement Portal.
“Over the past few years, the Kyrgyz Republic has made a bold step towards an electronic government procurement system, and we commend the Ministry of Finance for taking the lead in this process. Today, the Kyrgyz Republic is one of the vanguard countries in the region in terms of adopting new laws that open up public investment and make this country more attractive for private investment,” said Jean-Michel Happi, World Bank Country Manager for the Kyrgyz Republic.“This is the right direction to follow. However, the road to sustainable public procurement is challenging, because to achieve lasting results, robust capacity strengthening is necessary. We hope that this innovative capacity building product, which we are pleased to launch today, will help in preparing the next generation of public specialists with expertise valuable not only for this country but for the development community across the world,” Happi added, as he presented a set of CDs with the learning course to Zuura Bayamanova, State Secretary of the Ministry of Finance.