The upper house of the Kyrgyz parliament have recommended that the Kyrgyz government suspend an international tender on selling a 51% stake in national telecoms operator Kyrgyztelecom, since the tender breaches existing laws.
In preparing for the tender the State Property Committee breached a number of provisions of government resolutions and a concept of reorganization, denationalization and privatization of Kyrgyztelecom, the upper house's press office told Interfax.
According to these provisions, if the tender is not held, if there are no bids, or if the State Property Commission is unable to name a winner, it has the right to announce a repeat public tender, and not a private tender, the press-service said.
The instructions for participating in the tender and a draft purchase-sale agreement for the 51% stake in Kyrgyztelecom were also prepared with serious breaches of the law, according to the upper house's Committee on Strategic Development of Industry and Entrepreneurship, the press-service says.
"As many as 80 comments on 40 items of the draft were presented, which indicates either that the consultant (the company CAIE) was incompetent, or that there were willful actions to breach Kyrgyz law," the press-service said.
The State Property Committee says there are no legal grounds for suspending the international tender.
The upper house intends to debate the feasibility of continuing the privatization of Kyrgyztelecom the fall.
Interfax, July 01, 2004