The UN procurement system presented to businesses at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs seminar

24.05.2018. 18:03

On 24 May 2018, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in association with the Investment and Development Agency of Latvia and businesses held a seminar on the United Nations procurement system. A representative from the UN Procurement Division, Łukasz Trzebiński, informed the participants about the organisation’s procurements system, statistics, procedures and major commodities – goods and services most in demand under UN procurements. He also explained to potential suppliers the main steps in registering with the UN’s common procurement system. The main areas for UN procurements are telecommunications, lab and medical supplies, pharmaceuticals, ICT, food and catering, and building and construction.   

The UN spends almost 18 million USD on procurement annually. Half of all procurements deal with the acquisition of services, and the other half – with goods. According to information provided by the UN, Latvian companies have supplied goods and services for UN needs to the amount of almost 4 million USD over the past year.

The UN official invited the businesses to more actively participate in UN procurements. Latvian businessmen can register as vendors with the UNPD by themselves and offer their goods and services, or become subcontractors to foreign companies already taking part in UN procurement activities.

The seminar brought together 30 companies from the sectors of security and defence, building, consultations, ICT, timber industry, telecommunications, metal processing, printing industry, and logistics.


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