SAWT BEIRUT INTERNATIONAL

| 6 October 2022, Thursday |

Public purchase… a retroactive law?

The doors and offices of this public institution, like its financial files, are open to citizens who wish to see any information related to its work.

Basil Fleihan Financial and Economic Institute, the institution that contributed to the development of the Public Procurement Law.

At the Sunflower Theatre, Gherbal Initiative announced its results.

Gherbal submitted applications to 196 administrations in the Lebanese state and obtained answers from 83 administrations, including incomplete answers.

And it obtained from 44 departments the contracts it concluded with companies and contractors, and it was estimated at more than 13 billion dollars from 2001 to 2020.

Obfuscation of public deals is no longer allowed. The official employee is obliged to present what is happening in the departments to the citizens if they want to make inquiries. And the Public Procurement Law is on its way to implementation, they say. The law that compels whoever wants to contract with the state to complete any project to present all the details related to it to the public opinion.

Public administrations that have refrained from providing the Ghorbal Initiative with information are waiting for a law that will compel them to exercise transparency in dealing with public funds if the public procurement law takes the right path without hindrances.

The importance of implementing the public procurement law lies in improving Lebanon’s image in terms of starting reform before the world, otherwise the country will remain outside the global order, which will increase its isolation on the international scene.

 

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