CNSC: Public procurement challenges, up 16pc in H1 2010

The National Public Procurement Challenge Settlement Council (CNSC) has recorded a 16.03 percent increase in the number of challenges against public procurement contracts in the first six months of 2010.

The number of challenges filed with the CNSC January 1 – June 30, 2010 reached 4,198, a 16.03-percent rise from H1 2009’s 3,618 chlalenges. Compared with H1, 2008, the rise was 50.36 percent. Out of the 4,198 decisions issued by the CNSC in 2001, 475 were appealed against with the Court of Appeals, but only 69 were sustained. As a result, 98 percent of the CNSC decisions stayed final and binding.

As regards the subject of challenges issued by the business operators, 36.22 percent concerned the award documentation and 63.78 percent concerned the outcome of the award of public procurement contracts. Out of the 4,189 initial challenges filed in the first half of 2010, 31.09 percent were sustained and 68.91 percent rejected. Out of the 1,305 sustained challenges, the CNSC ordered remedies of the award procedure in 963 cases and the cancellation of the award procedure in 342 cases.

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