Concurrence

Fighting bid rigging in the procurement of public works in Argentina

 

‌Bid rigging in public tenders involves firms conspiring to raise prices or lower the quality of their bids. It is an illegal anti-competitive practice which costs governments and taxpayers billions of dollars every year across the world.

A significant share of cartel enforcement in many OECD countries concerns bids rigging cases, showing that there is both an increased awareness of the importance of stopping collusive practices, as well as that there is still room to improve compliance with competition rules in public procurement and ensure that the public sector buys the right thing, at the right price.  

The OECD Recommendation and Guidelines for Fighting Bid Rigging in Public Procurement aim to make bid rigging more difficult for contractors and help government officials identify suspicious bidding.

The project

In 2018, Argentina’s competition authority (Comisión Nacional de Defensa de la Competencia) has partnered with the OECD to step up its fight against bid rigging and boost competition for public works in accordance with OECD Recommendations and Members’ good practices.

This is the first time that the OECD undertakes a review of public works.

Objectives and outputs

The OECD will review the main rules governing procurement of public works in Argentina at the federal level and look at major federal buyers of public works, like the Ministry of the Interior, Public Works and Housing and the Ministry of Transport. The OECD will assess rules and practices against the OECD Recommendation for Fighting Bid Rigging in Public Procurement, and will provide recommendations for action. 

Three main outputs will be produced: 

  • an OECD Secretariat report with recommendations for action (expected to be published in the second semester of 2019)
  • a training manual on fighting bid rigging for procurement officials
  • workshops for senior public procurement officials on preventing and detecting bid rigging.

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Project stages

The OECD project team will:

1

Analyse Argentina’s procurement laws and regulations, and the institutional setting for the procurement of public works at the federal level.

2

Interview national stakeholders to collect facts and insights.

3

Identify good practices on fighting bid rigging from other jurisdictions.

4

Recommend legal and practical improvements.

5

Provide capacity building in preventing and detecting bid rigging.

 The OECD Recommendation and the Guidelines for Fighting Bid Rigging in Public Procurement  

‌The OECD Guidelines for Fighting Bid Rigging in Public Procurement were designed to reduce the risks of bid rigging through careful design of the procurement process and to detect bid rigging conspiracies.

Countries like Mexico and Colombia have already partnered with the OECD to improve procurement practices and step up their fight against bid rigging.

Mexico: More about the Mexico-OECD partnership and related reports

Colombia: 2014 report on Fighting Bid Rigging in Public Procurement in Colombia

Guidelines: Download the text of the guidelines (Available in 26 different languages)

 

LINKS

Fighting Bid Rigging in Public Procurement

OECD Recommendation on Fighting Bid Rigging in Public Procurement

More OECD Competition work with Argentina 

Mexico-OECD partnership for fighting bid rigging in government contracts

Competition in Latin America

Latin American and Caribbean Competition Forum

OECD competition home page 

 

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