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In Ukraine, Two Steps Forward and One Step Back: Procurement Reform Advances, Slowly


Many changes have occurred in Ukraine since the Euromaidan, but the country still struggles mightily with corruption. Those efforts are symbolized in the ongoing fight to reform Ukraine’s corrupt procurement practices.For years, links between government officials and Ukraine’s “pharma mafia” resulted in the theft of approximately $100 million of the Ministry of Health’s $250 million drug procurement budget. This occurred through a number of schemes, including the use of staged drug tenders, in which the winner was determined in advance, and “related party transactions,” where several pharmaceutical companies controlled by one owner “competed” with each other in Ministry of Health …read more

Source: Atlantic Council

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