Roundtable discussion on Promoting SME Access to Procurements
The USAID Armenia Enterprise Development and Market Competitiveness (EDMC) Project, SME DNC of Armenia and the Chamber of Commerce are pleased to invite you to a roundtable discussion on “Promoting SME Access to Procurements” to be held at the Erebuni Plaza, located at 26/1 Vazgen Sargsyan Street, Yerevan on Wednesday, June 20, 2012, from 10:00 to 16:00.
The manner in which government procurements are typically handled discourages smaller businesses from bidding for public contracts for reasons that the size of typical procurement contracts exceed the capacities of typical SMEs in terms of required products or services, as well because of the financial resources and manpower that an SME can devote under such contracts, the experience of the SME experts, etc.
The objective of this roundtable discussion is to discuss the public procurement legislation in light of adopting international best practices.
It is necessary to shift to a more SME-friendly approach for the purpose of promoting a more diverse mix of companies participating in public tenders as well as attracting SMEs to public tenders as they typically offer a more innovative, functional or user friendly solutions, which will open the path to developing goods or services that would better serve the needs of the contracting authorities and the public. The discussion will focus on
• What are the European best practices to promote SME access to government procurements?
• What are the legal rules and practices that hinder SME access to the government procurement market?
• What changes to domestic legislation are needed in order to introduce European Best Practice in promoting SME access to public procurements?
This will be a full-day event attended by representatives of the private sectorand international community representatives.
The agenda of the event is attached. Your participation is very important to us. We would appreciate if you could confirm your participation by contacting USAID EDMC Project at email@example.com or by phone at (+374 60) 51 61 00.