The High Council for Public Procurement Policies was established by law No. (8) of 2014 on Public Procurement. Its jurisdiction encompasses formulation of public procurement policies, overseeing and evaluating the performance of the public procurement system in Palestine, building the institutional capacity of procuring entities, as well as playing the role of secretariat for Dispute Review Unit.
The Council is formed by a decision of the Council of Ministers and comprises of the Chairman and eight members, four of whom represent the Ministries of Finance, Public Works, National Economy and Planning, and the other four members are selected from experts in the field of public procurement from the private and academic sector.
HCPPP seeks to achieve its vision of efficient, transparent and equitable public procurement system that contributes of sustainable development in Palestine. To achieve this vision, the Council originates from its mandate entrusted to it under the Public Procurement Law which include the development of public procurement policies, reviewing and drafting related legislation, analyzing the performance of the public procurement system for continuous improvement, building the capacities of procuring entities and the private sector, and introducing best practices in public procurement to achieve efficiency, transparency, and promote the principles of integrity, accountability and equal opportunities.
Since its establishment the council has steadily accumulated its achievements including the preparation of the revised Procurement Law (Decree Law No. (8) of 2014 on public procurement) and the related Regulation (Cabinet Resolution No. (5) of 2014 on Public Procurement), the development of Single Public Procurement Portal. Moreover, the HCPPP has started the development of standard bidding documents and templates for the use of the procuring entities, under which it has developed the standard bidding documents for biddings and contracts of works and supplies, and the requests for proposals for consultancy services. On the other hand, the HCPPP continuously holds training sessions and programs to introduce the Public Procurement Law and its executive regulations, and the use of Single Public Procurement Portal. Up to date, dozens of procurement staff in the ministries, government institutions and some municipalities benefited from the training. In late 2019, a training program will be launched on the standard bidding documents for biddings and contracts of works and supplies and the request for proposals for consultancy services.
In 2020, the HCPPP will continue its work to develop a national procurement manual, the preparation of standard documents for biddings and contracts for non-consulting services, the bidding documents for the procurement of medicines and medical supplies, and the procedures for framework agreements. Furthermore, the HCPPP will work with its partners and stakeholders to develop a national capacity building strategy for public procurement. Another important target will include the activation of the Dispute Review Unit by assigning the required experts and the preparation of the related working procedures.
The Single Public Procurement Portal (www.shiraa.gov.ps)
The Single Public Procurement Portal can be considered as one of the most important building blocks of the national efforts to reform the public procurement and an important step towards building independent state institutions. The single portal aims to provide an electronic platform where the procuring entities publish their procurement plans, invitations to bid, bid awards, etc. All public procurement documents including the law, regulations, standard bidding document, guides, templates, training materials, etc. will be made available to procuring entities and other stakeholders the thing that will help in clarifying and unifying procurement activities carried out using public funds.
The development of the portal will go through few phases, the current functionalities demonstrate the first phase, other phases will include introducing new functionalities such as statistics generation and reporting module, thus providing the necessary information that will be utilized in the development of the public procurement system in the way to e-procurement system as a main objective.