At a time when Lebanon is undergoing its biggest financial and economic crisis, and on the eve of major reform of the political and financial system, Siren embarked on a research project mapping the oversight mechanisms of the inefficient and corrupt procurement system in Lebanon.
The project was funded by the World Bank and implemented in collaboration with the Bassel Fleihane Institute of Finance (IoF).
The final report, entitled “Public Procurement in Lebanon: A Gateway to Malpractice,” maps the regulatory framework of key stakeholders in Lebanon who directly or indirectly intervene in the public procurement system. These entities are key to the procurement process: Central Inspection, Court of Accounts, Central Tender Board, Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Interior and Municipalities, Council of Ministers, State Council, and Parliament.
The report identifies the gaps, overlaps and areas of risk of abuse, ultimately contributing in improving mechanisms to optimize the procurement system.
It highlights the growing need for legislative and institutional reform of public procurement in Lebanon, in line with international standards, and under the pressing requests of the international community.
The research also comes as a the parliament is studying a new law on procurement drafted by IoF and in line with international standards.
The outputs of this project contribute to the fight against corruption in Lebanon, in support of IoF’s procurement reform initiative and extensive work in this area.