Ukraine has stepped up its efforts to join NATO Support and Procurement Agency (NSPA) services and partnerships. In this way, Ukraine will have full access to the Alliance's procurement system.
This was discussed at a meeting with NATO leadership by the Ukrainian delegation led by Deputy Prime Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration of Ukraine Dmytro Kuleba at the Alliance headquarters in Brussels on 14-15 January.
"The NSPA procurement system is a kind of ProZorro procurement system according to NATO standards. We believe that Ukraine's participation in this system will make both Ukraine and NATO stronger. This fits in with the Government's logic of creating new opportunities for Ukrainian exporters. In essence, it is about the Euro-Atlantic integration of the Ukrainian defense industry," the Deputy Prime Minister stressed.
The top official explained that in this way Ukraine would have opportunities to get fully involved into the Alliance’s procurement system. Moreover, Ukrainian manufacturers will be able to participate in NATO tenders and sell their products to foreign customers, as well as to approach the Alliance standards.
Deputy Minister for Economic Development, Trade and Agriculture Svitlana Panaiotidi addressed senior Alliance’s officials with the request to send specialists to Ukraine for consultations on how to exploit the procurement system used by NSPA.
"We are planning to hold a seminar with representatives of the Ukrainian defense industry in February-March 2020 on the procedure for free registration of Ukrainian enterprises in NSPA electronic catalog for defense manufacturers," added Svitlana Panaiotidi.
The Deputy Minister explained that complex transformation and large-scale reforms of the defense-industrial complex of Ukraine open up new opportunities for manufacturers. She also suggested organizing an exhibition of the capabilities and achievements of individual defense industry enterprises in Ukraine at NATO Headquarters in 2020.
"Such an event, on the one hand, will increase the level of awareness of the NATO community about the potential of Ukraine’s defense and industrial complex, and on the other hand, will increase the chances of involving domestic companies in the implementation of contracts for the needs of the Alliance," said Svitlana Panaiotidi.