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Open Data on Public Procurement in Bih (BA0001)

Overview

At-a-Glance

Action Plan: Bosnia and Herzegovina Action Plan 2019-2021

Action Plan Cycle: 2019

Status: Active

Institutions

Lead Institution: Public Procurement Agency of BiH

Support Institution(s): GIZ, UNDP BiH, OCP

Policy Areas

E-Government, Open Contracting and Procurement, Open Data

IRM Review

IRM Report: Pending IRM Review

Starred: Pending IRM Review

Early Results: Pending IRM Review

Design i

Verifiable: Pending IRM Review

Relevant to OGP Values: Not Relevant

Potential Impact: Pending IRM Review

Implementation i

Completion: Pending IRM Review

Description

Which public issue will be addressed by this obligation?
Lack of transparency in low-value procedures, as well as the professional and legal implementation of public procurement procedures without the preference of bidders are the main threats to the integrity of the public procurement system in BiH. A large number of public procurement procedures are low-value procurement, for which are currently not foreseen announcements of the procurement notices on the public procurement portal.The implementation of this measure will increase transparency and enhance the responsibilities of public funds management in BiH. Different groups of people and organizations can benefit from the availability of open data in public procurement. At the same time, it is difficult to precisely predict how and which value of open data will be created in the future, because innovation by nature is such that it comes in unexpected ways.

What is the obligation? Make publicly available all public procurement data in BiH which are collected through the public procurement portal http://www.ejn.gov.ba. The data will show how public funds are spent by contracting authorities at all levels of government in BiH. Data will be available in machine-readable JSON format, for data to be used for web and mobile application development for various purposes, and in Excel, for manual processing by interested individuals and organizations such as civil society organizations, journalists, academics, companies. How will the fulfilment of the obligation contribute to the solving of the public problem? Open data on public procurement will enable transparent insight into the way of implementation of public procurement procedures, and the value of contracts awarded which will enable easier work of administrative inspection, audit office of the financial operations, if necessary, prosecutors and other law enforcement authorities, which will affect the reduction of corruption in this area.

Why is this obligation relevant to OGP values?
It enables public sector transparency in the area of public expenditure, which significantly impacts on strengthening the integrity and responsibility of the public sector organizations.

Additional information
• The obligation will be implemented through established cooperation with the German Association for International Development Cooperation (GIZ), the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and the Open Contracting Partnership Organization.
• The Strategy for Combating Corruption 2015-2019 and the Action Plan for the Implementation of the Anti-Corruption Strategy 2015-2019 in Chapter 9.2.5 Public Procurement and the Private Sector foresee two strategic programs relevant for this action: continuous harmonization of the legislative framework in the public procurement area with international obligations and standards and improvement of the legal framework for more active participation of the private sector in anti-corruption activities. Both programs will be actively supported through the implementation of this obligation;
• The Reform Agenda in BiH 2015-2018, adopted by the governments of all administrative levels in BiH, speaks about the need to ensure transparency in the public procurement system.

Goals/activities
Analysis of the existing positive legislation, establishing the necessary activities on the drafting and the necessary amendments to the bylaws, as well as the adoption of the same.
1. 5. 2019. 30. 9. 2019.
Implementation of OCS standards at the technical level.
30. 9. 2019. 31. 12. 2019.
Development of open data modules as an extension of the public procurement portal (www.ejn.gov.ba).

The aim is to provide data infrastructure for conducting analysis and development of applications and information services in the field of public procurement in BiH.
1. 1. 2020. 30. 6. 2020.