Finance

INPO: Ministries and the Prime Minister's Office do not adhere to procurement planning

Arbër Kabashi, Albulena Nrecaj - INPO

Photo: Alban Bujari

The Initiative for Progress (INPO) this Friday published the report "Performance of the Government of the Republic of Kosovo in the implementation of procurement".

According to this report, 15 ministries and the Prime Minister's Office have not fulfilled even half of the planned activities. According to the report, only 336 activities have been completed, out of 935 that were planned.

The executive director of INPO, Albulena Nrecaj-Musliu, said that the findings speak of a genuine lack of planning.

Monitor Arbër Kabashi has emphasized that this report is the result of monitoring the final procurement plans of the ministries and the Prime Minister's Office regarding their fulfillment within a fiscal year.

"Based on the monitoring of 15 ministries and the Prime Minister's Office, INPO has reported both the number of activities and their value. During the year 2023, there are 336 activities resulting in 489 contracts. In total, out of 935 planned activities, worth 442 million euros, only 336 have been realized", stated Kabashi.

According to the report, the Ministry of Education has planned 57 activities with 17 signed contracts returned as a percentage of 29.82%.

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Agriculture had planned 43 activities worth 6.053.875.52 euros, with a total of 25 signed contracts.

A greater number of activities foreseen during 2023, was the Ministry of Finance, Labor and Transfers with 71 in total, of which 46 of them were signed.

As for the Prime Minister's Office, 2022 activities were planned for 22. In the amount of 918,583,00 euros, only 17 of them signed.

According to the conclusions of this report, the ministries and the Prime Minister's Office do not adhere to procurement planning.

"The procurement plans do not reflect the real needs of the supply of items, services and work, given that only about 35% of the planned activities have been tendered", said Kabashi.
According to the report, the Government of the Republic of Kosovo during the year 2023, twice changed and supplemented the list of items for common use that are the object of the central public procurement procedure.

In the report it is stated that the Ministry of Education has foreseen in the procurement planning activities for the construction of nurseries in the municipalities, without defining in advance with the relevant municipality the location of the construction of the nursery, which is said to have made it impossible to initiate procurement activities for the construction of nurseries.

The Ministry of Defense says that in the procurement report there are two reported contracts per unit, but the indicative value of the contract has not been prepared.

The activities planned by the Ministry of Finance around the Treasury are said to have been transferred to the Central Procurement Agency in July. / EO