Saturday, September 21, 2019

Swedish bureaucrats battle private firms for Sida market

When Sida put the contract for capacity building of Serbia’s land management authority out for tender, two private firms - BlomInfo and Orgut - won and the Swedish cadastral agency, National Land Survey (NLS) of Sweden, bitterly complained.

In the second phase of the project, NLS prevailed; Sida gave the state agency the contract, worth over SEK 25 million for three years, without competitive tender.

Sida’s rules about which aid contracts should be put out for tender and which should be given to Swedish government institutions without procurement remain unclear. One thing is certain: companies and state agencies are in direct competition over these assignments, and opinions in Sida differ widely over where to draw the line.

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