In urgent cases, localities take the initiative in budgeting to purchase equipment for COVID-19 prevention and control


4841/BTC-HCSN of the Ministry of Finance clearly states that the Ministry of Finance requests localities to proactively arrange budget sources and other lawful funding sources for the prevention and control of COVID-19 in accordance with regulations. epidemic prevention and control plan of the Ministry of Health, ensuring the right purpose, saving and efficiency; there is no shortage of funds, especially for purchasing biological products and medical supplies. In case localities face difficulties in budget balance, the Provincial People’s Committee shall promptly report to the Ministry of Finance for consideration and handling according to regulations.

Regarding the mechanism of procurement of equipment for the prevention and control of COVID-19 epidemic, the Ministry of Finance proposed the Chairman of the People’s Committees of the provinces and centrally-run cities to direct, organize the implementation and take full responsibility. for the procurement of means, equipment, chemicals, supplies and biological products for the prevention and control of the COVID-19 epidemic in accordance with the law on bidding and relevant laws.

In urgent cases, the locality may be appointed as a contractor for the procurement of COVID-19 prevention equipment.

Regarding the form of contractor selection, based on the Prime Minister’s Decision 447/QD-TTg dated April 1, 2020 on the announcement of the COVID-19 epidemic and the epidemic situation to direct agencies, units under their management shall organize bidding according to the forms of contractor selection specified in Articles 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25 and 26 of the Bidding Law.

Accordingly, during the epidemic period announced by the competent authority, localities may decide according to their competence the appointment of contractors for procurement bidding packages under their management to carry out prevention work. fight against COVID-19 in urgent cases as prescribed at Point a, Clause 1, Article 22 of the Law on Bidding.

Regarding the price of the bidding package, according to the Ministry of Finance, the price of the bidding package is correctly calculated, fully accounting for all costs to implement the bidding package, including contingency costs, fees, charges and taxes. Pursuant to current regulations, the Chairman of the People’s Committee of the province or city shall direct and decide the determination of the bid package price in the contractor selection plan according to regulations; No additional administrative procedures may result in delays or bottlenecks in procurement.

The Ministry of Finance emphasized that the People’s Committees of the provinces and centrally-run cities are responsible for quality, price, and organization of management, distribution and use to ensure publicity, transparency, and no waste. , negative, loss of state budget and property…

The Ministry of Finance also requested local finance agencies and State Treasuries at all levels to manage funds for procurement of means, equipment, chemicals, supplies and biological products for COVID-19 prevention and control -19 in accordance with the provisions of the law, there must not be additional administrative procedures that cause delays or bottlenecks in the procurement.

An Nguyen (t/h)

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