Bridging the gap in Armenia
In 2009, the Armenian government embarked on an ambitious project to reform public procurement, aiming to join the World Trade Organization’s Agreement on Government Procurement (GPA).
The reform strategy called for new legislation and institutional frameworks, full decentralisation of public procurement and the introduction of electronic procurement tools.
Armenia joined the GPA in 2011, and since 2012 the EBRD-UNCITRAL Public Procurement Reform Initiative has supported the authorities as they implement GPA standards.
As a founding member of the Eurasian Economic Union Treaty (EEUT), Armenia adopted the Treaty in October 2014. The country therefore needed to harmonise its public procurement system with EEUT requirements by November 2014 while also satisfying the 2012 GPA obligations.
To this end, the EBRD and UNCITRAL experts prepared a comparative analysis, showing how to design a coherent legal framework for public procurement that complies with both trade regimes. The EBRD is now supporting the Armenian authorities as they draft new primary legislation to meet the requirements of both agreements.
In 2011 Armenia joined the World Trade Organization's Agreement on Government Procurement