New Saudi procurement law comes into force in November

07 August 2019

The government of Saudi Arabia has issued new legal procedures for tenders and procurement procedures in line with its Vision 2030 blueprint for economic transformation.

The new Government Tenders & Procurement Law (GTPL) was published on 1 August and is to be applied to all Saudi government projects from 29 November. It follows a two-year consultation process and replaces the previous version of the GTPL issued in 2006.

New features in the GTPL include a centralised electronic tender portal (encrypted to ensure security), technical and financial stages in the bidding process, and pre-qualification requirements. Maximum delay penalties have increased to 20% for works and services contracts (compared with 10% in the previous GTPL).

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