New Law on Public Contracts comes into force in Angola

19 September 2016

The new Law on Public Contracts in Angola, recently approved by the National Assembly, which repeals the old Law on Public Procurement came into force on Thursday, according to a statement published in Luanda by the Ministry of Finance.

The statute, intended to reduce and control public spending, now includes the simplified procurement procedure applicable to low value contracts and situations that justify an uncompetitive procedure.

The Finance Ministry says the proposal will eliminate the qualifying round of the public tender, clarifying the difference between this procedure and the procedure restricted to pre-qualified suppliers, as well as the elimination of the negotiation procedure.

The elimination of the negotiation procedure also includes allowing the public entity to include a negotiation phase into the proposals, the statement said.

The new legal instrument will also eliminate the special procedure called “Dynamic electronic procurement systems,” taking into account that in practice, both nationally and internationally, it has proved to be almost useless.

Aspects such as the elimination of the special procedure for the procurement of consulting services and establishment of a new system for framework agreements such as special procurement instruments have been considered in the new law, which also includes rules for implementing contracts for works, goods and services. (macauhub/AO)