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Public Procurement in Peru

Reinforcing Capacity and Co-ordination

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Public procurement is becoming a strategic tool in Peru for achieving key policy objectives. The legislative reforms enacted in 2016 indicate a strong commitment from the government to modernise the public procurement system. In fact, the system is currently going through a transitional period, moving from excessive formalities and complex tendering processes to prioritizing results and value for money. This report examines ongoing public procurement reforms in Peru, focusing on issues such as procurement processes, participation in tenders, and the culture of integrity in the public procurement process. It provides guidance to help Peru implement reforms that enhance the efficiency, transparency and accountability of the system.

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Foreword and acknowledgements

Recent growth performance has made Peru one of the fastest-growing economies in Latin America, reducing poverty and inequality and improving the quality of life for citizens. There are still many challenges to be addressed, however, such as how to improve productivity and maintain this growth trajectory. Public procurement is the most relevant direct economic activity carried out by a government, and has a significant impact on the economy and society. It can play a pivotal role in the success of reforms. The Peruvian economy is currently feeling the effects of a major corruption scandal related to the public procurement of large infrastructure projects. Investment could be hampered as a result of delays in some public infrastructure plans as the government seeks to root out corruption. A sound governance system ensuring integrity and transparency in public procurement, while achieving adequate outcomes for the money spent, is essential for public trust in any country. Providing relevant information to all stakeholders, opening and levelling the playing field for potential providers, and guaranteeing adequate remedy and redress processes are all cornerstones of an effective public procurement system.

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