Al-Faily talks about one of the additives to the budget in the last hours!

Al-Faily talks about one of the additives to the budget in the last hours!

Saturday 3 April 2021 | 01:21 PM

Al-Faily talks about one of the additives to the budget in the last hoursToday, Saturday, MP for the National Approach bloc, Mazen Al-Faily, revealed one of the materials added to the budget in the last hours.

Al-Faili said in a press statement that the budget included a new article that was added in the last hours before parliament voted on the 2021 budget, which is: “The governors and the head of the Reconstruction Fund for Liberated Cities affected by terrorist operations are authorized to directly contract up to 5 billion dinars for a single project, except for The contracting methods stipulated in the Instructions for Implementing Government Contracts No. 2 of 2014), we would like to explain some of the damages and problems that will result from the application of the additive:

1- This article, which was added in the hours prior to the budget vote, will grant the governors and the head of the Liberated Provincial Reconstruction Fund the authority to accept the contract with the contractor and if he submits a project cost that exceeds his actual cost by more than 10% stipulated by the instructions for implementing government contracts, in other words that he will be referred Investment projects of the contractor and if the increase in the cost of the project claimed by the contractor has exceeded the actual value, even by 50% (twice the actual project amount). If the project actually requires completion of an amount of (2) billion dinars, this article allows the governors and the head of the Provincial Reconstruction Fund to refer the project to the contractor With a value of (5) billion dinars, with a difference equal to (3) billion from the actual value of the project, will these gaps and outlets for corruption achieve optimal development and investment for the governorates’ allocations !!?

2. Contracts implementation instructions require the contractor to submit the required initial insurance when submitting the bid for the tender and its validity period. The new article added in the 2021 budget will give the governors and the head of the Liberated Provincial Reconstruction Fund the option and the freedom to drop this condition.

3. This added article in the budget gives authority to the governors and the head of the Liberated Provincial Reconstruction Fund to accept the bid from the contractor and contract with him even if his bids do not meet the conditions of the tender because of the exception mentioned in this added article.

4. This new article added to the budget allows contracting with a contractor or company that does not meet the legal requirements (a contractor classification ID, a license to practice the profession, or even a certificate of incorporation).

5. This article allows governors and the head of the Liberated Provincial Reconstruction Fund to contract with a contractor or a contracting company, even if it is on the blacklist, has suspended activities, lagging or breaches previous contractual obligations, due to the exception from the instructions for implementing government contracts that stipulated not contracting with what we mentioned above.

6. The governmental contract instructions stipulated (It is not permissible to assign the contract in whole or in part to another contractor.) According to this exception that is included in the budget additive, it is possible to obtain intermediate and secondary (parasitic) contracts that do not implement the contract and not implement the project, but rather a contractor will contract with governors or governors. The head of the Liberated Provincial Reconstruction Fund then assigns the contract to another contractor or company in exchange for a share of the project’s value even though he has not implemented anything on the ground.

7. Instructions for the implementation of government contracts included the following article (if the contract stipulates that the contractor must pay an initial advance, he must present an unconditional bank guarantee presented by a bank accredited in Iraq in the amount and currency of the initial advance). Paying an advance to the contractor, even if he does not commit to providing a bank guarantee !!

From the total of the above and other caveats, we demand the abolition of this article and the return in the management of investment projects to the natural context through the instructions for the implementation of government contracts, especially with the absence of justifications for working with the exception in such contracts!

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