Legal and regulatory framework for procurement, tenders and government tenders

His Excellency the Attorney General, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Rule of Law and Anti-Corruption Centre Dr. Ali Bin Fetais Al Marri, and His Excellency the Minister of Transport Minister of Transport and Communications Jassim Saif Ahmed Al-Sulaiti concluded the first training course on the legal and regulatory framework for procurement, tenders and government tenders.

In its efforts to raise awareness and to ensure the proper application of the United Nations Convention Against Corruption, the Center focused on four main themes: prevention, criminalization, international cooperation and asset recovery, all of which relate in one way or another to the subject of government procurement. As required by Article IX of the Convention, a strong and effective government procurement system is essential in a program to eliminate corruption in the three stages of government procurement; pre-tender, tender and post-tender, to ensure transparency and objective controls for choice and decision-making

Accordingly, the Rule of Law and Anti-Corruption Centre in Doha, in cooperation with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), organized a session on the legal and regulatory framework for procurement, tenders and government auctions.

The course lasted for four days, during which the teaching focused on the following three issues:

The first issue: laws regulating tenders, auctions and government procurement. (Laws, practical application, real problems)
The second issue: laws that criminalize the damage to public money (laws, the organs that deal with them, the role of the public prosecution and the judiciary)
The third issue: The International Legal Framework (the Convention against Corruption, in particular its article IX, rules on the prevention of money laundering, international rules and good practices to ensure fairness and transparency in the framework of government procurement).

The course was attended by trainees from the Ministry of Communications and the Public Prosecutor’s Office. The training included a definition of all stages of tenders and auctions, as well as international rules to prevent corruption in the field of government procurement, financial and accounting procedures related to the same subject and finally criminal offenses related to violation of government procurement rules. The training methodology was the real face of practical problems and practical exercises on the legal procedures of tenders and auctions. Scientific books were distributed to explain the subject in detail as it relates to Qatari laws.

The training was initiated by a number of trainers from the United Nations, Qatar University, the Center for the Rule of Law, Anti-Corruption and the Public Prosecutor’s Office. The Center intends to present this course to all relevant ministries in the State of Qatar to ensure the proper application of the laws of tenders and auctions and to raise awareness and adherence to the highest standards of combating corruption.

Note that the Rule of Law and Anti-Corruption Center will provide this session on a regular basis and the submission and reservation of places in advance takes place at the headquarters of ROLACC.

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