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Mar 06 2019

Turkish opposition MP says 30 billion lira of public tenders not transparent in 2018

Some 30 billion lira ($5.5 billion) worth of public tenders in Turkey in 2018 were decided on using non-transparent methods, while tenders totalling 33 billion lira ($6 billion) were lodged as an exception to the Public Procurement Law, Artı Gerçek reported Utku Çakırözer, a deputy of the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) as saying on Wednesday.

Some 3.7 billion lira ($0.6 billion) worth of procurements had been made without tenders,  Çakırözer said in her evaluation of the results of a 2018 report on public procurements.

While the total public procurements in 2018 stood at 175 billion lira ($32 billion) under the Public Procurement Law, only 37 billion lira ($6.8 billion) worth of tenders were decided according to a transparent tender procedure, said Çakıröze

Çakırözer said that most of the public procurements for the ruling Justice and Development Party’s (AKP) mega projects were organised by using an article in the law allowing for special tendering procedures that are allocated for natural disasters, epidemics, or other types of unanticipated events.

“The 30 billion lira worth of tenders that follow such procedures are not open and transparent; they are not announced to the market and are handed to a certain recipient on tender tables that only invited [certain] firms,” Çakırözer said.