In an extraordinary session on Tuesday, October 26, 2022, the Chamber of Deputies approved the draft Law on Public Supplies and Contracts. Finally, the Executive, ended up enacting the law on Friday morning.
Executive authorities, such as; Carlos César Trapani, Legal Adviser to the Presidency of the Republic, Óscar Llamosas, Minister of Finance, Viviana Casco, Minister of the STP and Pablo Seitz, head of the National Directorate of Public Contracts, held a press conference to give the announcement and also details about what the new law consists of.
Viviana Casco, Minister of the Secretariat of Public Function (SFP), reported that this law replaces the current law, a law that was in force until today and that was more than 20 years old.
“Among the main innovations, it can be mentioned that within the purchasing criteria, not only the price will prevail, but also the quality of the goods and services that the State has. That is a constant of the citizen demand, ”he said.
Three institutions worked together for the presentation of this project that is already law; Treasury, leading the process, with the Technical Planning Secretariat (STP) and the National Directorate of Public Contracts (DNCP).
“Another of the innovations is that the possibility and innovation that the State buys 20% of the total at least from MSMEs is included. We know that it is a very important sector that represents 90% of the workforce in our country. Today they can only access 9% of State purchases, ”he reported.
This is intended to benefit the local economy. In addition, the disqualifications are extended for briefcase companies to stop selling to the State. In other words, all those companies that were sanctioned, their shareholders will no longer be able to sell to the State.