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Long Term Sustainable Gains in Public Procurement for the Government of Kaliningrad Oblast

In the Oblast of Kaliningrad, Russia, Global Development Solutions addressed the implementation of the public procurement law (PPL) of the Russian Federation. The objective of the assignment was to determine options to improve procurement processes through implementation within the PPL as it applied to both the Oblast regional level and to municipal procurement as well. Once identified, improvements were qualified in terms of short term implications and long term impact, and as well included the general actions necessary for implementation.

Armed with expertise on the Russian PPL, GDS not only uncovered areas in which procurement can be improved but the results also included a thorough analysis of the PPL itself. The two sets of recommendations were delivered to the client at an opportune time. Coincidentally, after Global Development Solutions had recognized numerous flaws in the Russian PPL, Russian President Medvedev went on record stating the Law was in need of significant revisions.
Successful procurement is not measured by cost savings at the time of purchase. While price is a criterion in public procurement, other critical characteristics must be taken into account to assure long-term effectiveness of the procured item. Presented in the analysis were evaluation techniques that lead to improved procurement according to best practice.

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