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Centralized government procurement saves billions

03-15-2011 17:36 BJT

During the last five years through 2010, procurement by China's central government departments has become more centralized, which has helped to save public spending. The transparency of the process will be improved in the future.

According to data from the Central Government Procurement Center, nearly 17 billion yuan was put under a unified arrangement of budgeting and operation for central government procurement projects in 2010, compared with 8.6 billion yuan in 2006. Central government departments spent 64.8 billion yuan on procurement over the five years from 2006 to 2010.

It turned out to be efficient in terms of both spending and energy. Nearly 11 billion yuan has been saved over the five years. At the same time, under the policies of compulsory procurement for energy-saving products and preferred procurement of environmental protection products, 8.5 billion yuan went to those products, accounting for 77 percent of the procurement under the same product categories.

The government has also vowed to implement the strict policy on prioritizing the procurement of energy efficient, local branded cars.

Procurement of authorized software is expected to end the use of pirated software in the public sector. By the end of February, the central government agencies have spent 45 million yuan on 57,335 kits of software through the center.

Higher surveillance will be imposed on government procurement to crack down on corruption this year. A broader network integrating various supervision resources from the fiscal, judicial, auditing and social systems will monitor the government procurement process.

Transparency will also be improved gradually. The key is to introduce external examination by opening the review process to both the buyers and suppliers and seek public comments on the initial results of the review.


Editor:Yang Jie |Source: People’s Daily

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