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GCO’s involvement in public procurement covers both advice and representation regarding compliance with national and international regulatory systems and with the broader procurement reform concerns of transition and developing economies.
In the case of international regulated procurement, GCO’s lawyers have advised both public and private sector clients on the impact of, and compliance with, UK and EC procurement rules and related areas as well as on the application of the GATT/WTO Agreements on Government Procurement and the effect on the procurement rules of the EC’s preferential trade arrangements, notably in the CEECs.
GCO has expertise in setting legislative priorities, coordinating with government departments, drafting legislation, drafting standard form tender and contract documents and operating guidelines, ensuring compatibility of national laws with applicable international provisions, setting up enforcement processes, preparing and presenting training courses for government officials and preparing training manuals.
We have also worked on donor funded projects to establish central procurement monitoring offices and review bodies, to set up a simplified arbitration system for procurement in the construction industry and procurement review mechanisms.