The Role of Public Procurement in Responding to Covid-19 Pandemic in Semarang City

Immediately after the first Covid-19 case was reported in Semarang City on March 15, 2020, the city government put various measures in place to stop further transmission and to brace for the likely economic crisis brought by the pandemic. As of June 24, 2020, Semarang has allocated IDR 207 billion for pandemic response efforts. The government uses its public procurement system to provide health supplies and social assistance for those who experience the greatest impacts of the pandemic.

At the central level, public procurement process in emergency relief efforts is regulated under Presidential Regulation Number 16 of 2018 on Public Procurement. The National Public Procurement Agency (NPPA) also issued Regulation Number 13 of 2018 on Public Procurement in Emergency Situations, which contains the technical details. These regulations show that the procurement process in an emergency situation is unique; while time is of the essence, effectiveness, transparency, and accountability must always be upheld. 

So how does Semarang cope with the event?

PATTIRO Semarang, supported by the Open Contracting Program under Hivos, conducted a study to find out how Semarang City Government re-allocates regional revenue and expenditure budget (APBD) to respond to Covid-19. This study also explores the role of procurement policies and activities in Covid-19 response as well as the effectiveness, transparency, and accountability of social assistance procurement and distribution. 

What are the key findings and what recommendations that PATTIRO Semarang have drafted for the stakeholders in Semarang city to make its public procurement system more transparent and effective – especially during the pandemic? To read more, click the link below to download “Evaluating Semarang City Government’s Implementation of Public Procurement Principles Funded by 2020 APBD in Response to the Covid-19 Pandemic” working paper.