Posted in Legislative Analysis, Political Institutions on Dec 23, 2019

This bill has presumably been submitted by the Ministry of Planning, Finance and Industry (MoPFI). The objectives are to avoid waste of state budgets; to ensure effective government procurement and disposal of public assets; to ensure transparency, fairness and competition, and; to promote responsibility and accountability.

Notification by the Ministry of the Office of the Union Government

On 31st August 2016, the Ministry of the Office of the Union Government issued Notification No. 138/2016. It is described that three areas of Modernisation of Public Finance Management (MPFM) are being implemented: efficient budget implementation; international-standard public procurement, and; harmonization of regulations among ministries.

The notification noted that a new formation of Public Procurement Rules and Regulations Supervision Committee (PPRRSC) is intended to cooperate with the World Bank during implementation. The committee is led by the Deputy Minister U Maung Maung Win, and one of its duties is to draft a procurement bill.

Myanmar Sustainable Development Plan 2018-2030 (MSDP)

Strategy 3.6.2 of the MSDP is to promote PPP (public-private partnership) mechanisms which facilitate the development of commercially viable infrastructure projects through greater public-private sector collaboration, so as to create conditions for a robust PPP program in Myanmar that gives the government a modality for procuring needed infrastructure services and achieving value for money.

2018 Public Financial Management Reform Program Strategy

In the Strategy issued by the Budget Department of the MoPFI, the second stage (2018-2022) of reform includes reviewing current procurement regulations, and laying down new ones. The expected outcome is to establish the national procurement Law in line with international standards.

Procedures for tenders and guideline

Currently, the President Office issued a directive for tender procedures to be followed by government departments and organisations in construction, purchasing, procurement of services, lease and sale. Moreover, the Ministry of Construction has to work within guidelines for contracts, issued in 2016.