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Bolivia

  • Our Work in Bolivia

    We work in Bolivia with a number of partners. The programme is under construction.

  • Country Assessment

    Open contracting can transform public procurement through better data, analysis and engagement with businesses and civil society. It involves (1) disclosure of open data and documents about the planning, procurement, and management of public contracts; and (2) engagement with civic and business users of information, leading to improved accountability and redress by government agencies or contractors through acting on the feedback received.

    Country Facts

    • Uses e-procurement systemYes
    • Implements open contracting data standardNo
    • Active open contracting infomediariesNo

    Country Highlights

    • There is broad normative recognition of rights related to access to State Procurement information.
    • Sicoes is the country’s contracting information gateway: www.sicoes.gob.bo
    • Bolivia has a proactive scenario to improve transparency in public management
    Disclaimer: This report provides an overview of the country specific conditions for open contracting in the summer of 2016. Given this limited scope, the report is not intended for cross-country comparisons, measurement or scoring.
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  • Readiness

    Readiness

    LAW:

    Bolivia is one of the few countries in the region that does not have a Transparency and Access to Information Law. However, has a set of proactive norms in the context of anti-corruption, participation and social control, and e-government.  Although national regulations “oblige” all institutions to publish information on public procurement, this access is often limited by administrative or technical issues.

     

    POLICY:

    Access to information on public procurement has a “complex and multidimensional” nature that “articulates at least four fields” in the country: Access to information as a right; Transparency and struggle against corruption; Participation and social control;  E-government initiatives.

     

    INSTITUTIONS:

    In Bolivia, all public contracts must be registered in the State Contracting System (SICOES), under the Ministry of Economy and Public Finance, which is part of the Administration System of Goods and Services.

     

    DISCLOSURE:

    There is a complex administrative institutional framework that requires extensive training and an clear understanding of the public bureaucratic structure, the norms and public institutions in force and their internal regulations. It is essential to build capacities of citizens to exercise their right of access to information on public procurement.

     

    PARTICIPATION:  

    There is a broad legislative framework that promotes social participation, although there are weaknesses, particularly/foremost the lack of a Governing Entity responsible for the application of this framework in public management. This means that each entity assumes responsibility for developing “social participation and control” under its own criteria and interpretation of the standard.

     

    Disclaimer: This report provides an overview of the country specific conditions for open contracting in the summer of 2016. Given this limited scope, the report is not intended for cross-country comparisons, measurement or scoring.
  • Opportunities

    Opportunities

    • High-level politicians should make a commitment to approve the Transparency and Access to Information Law.
    • Strategies should be developed to empower media and civil society organizations to become effective infomediaries and understand and analyse open contracting information and data to give credible feedback to government.
    • It is essential to improve public servants’ capacity to give useful, timely data to citizens to help enhance transparency.
    • To carry out monitoring of public contracting, including through awareness campaigns and capacity-building programs.
    Disclaimer: This report provides an overview of the country specific conditions for open contracting in the summer of 2016. Given this limited scope, the report is not intended for cross-country comparisons, measurement or scoring.