Issuance of Decree No. 1510 of 2013 – Colombia
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The procurement system’s regulatory framework has evolved to integrate a more strategic vision on public procurement.
Laws, being rigid and complex instruments, have limited themselves to become guidelines and policies in order to function as operative manuals, and explanatory systems for the documentation processes in public procurement
Less complex guidelines that fall below the law can be easily modified through an administrative route, granting the system greater flexibility in order to adapt to variable changes in the markets, to the modern to techniques in public procurement, and to the changing needs of the state.
Starting on June 2013, Colombia Compra Eficiente (Colombia efficient procurement) held meetings with the public and the private sector as well as with the civil society, with the goal of listening their opinions and criticisms on the regulatory framework of the procurement system of the state of Colombia. These meeting held a myriad of participants that manifested their disadvantages facing the single registry of suppliers. Criticism of the system manifested itself under the residual capacity, under the established norms for the adjudication process following a tie among suppliers, the inconsistency of the guarantees facing special norms in the matter, and among others.
Once the observations were collected and analyzed, Colombia Compra Efficiente, worked with the parties involved in public procurement for the drafting of a decree, which was later published in SECOP was open to comments for all of those interested on December 7, 2012 .
Decree No. 1510 of 2013 offers simplified regulations for an easier understanding of the law, as well as it corrected all prior registered inconveniences in the system.
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