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A whole new system': Inside the push to implement Lebanon’s new procurement law

Richard SALAME-It’s a familiar story: a law gets passed or a decree issued and nothing much changes. Legally, generator owners must provide electricity meters at their own expense and drivers can’t use their cellphones behind the wheel, but Lebanon’s institutions do very little to ensure those laws are followed.A sweeping 2021 law to reform the system for public purchases and contracts could meet the same fate, given the powerful players with a possible interest in blocking its implementation. But advocates for financial reform say they are set on making sure that doesn’t happen.The law, which took effect July 29, 2022 and has already been partially implemented, aims to standardize the procedures that all public institutions — from ministries to municipalities to state-owned companies — must use when purchasing goods and services.
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