Bolivia’s public procurement system is regulated by the Law on Government Control Administration (1990) and other, more recent, secondary legislation, such as the Supreme Decree N181 on Basic Rules of the System of Administration of Goods and Services (2009). The procurement system lays out the basic principles and general framework of the procurement process, makes it operational and indicates how the law must be applied to specific circumstances, and it applies to every single public entity. However, there's no separate state body directly responsible for managing public procurement; rather, the function is assigned to a public servant within each public entity, directly designated as such by the maximum executive authority (MAE).
It is important to note, though, that the law also determines that the Ministry of Economy and Public Finances is the Governing Body in charge of the system and the information it generates. While this means the Ministry is ultimately responsible for the good functioning of the system, the responsibility of the individual process remains in the public entity.
There is one single centralized website: www.sicoes.gob.bo and its use is mandatory. The system requires that all tenders be published in the SICOES website. However, while the tender is made public online, it is not possible to apply online. Tenders are always conducted through formal paper-based channels. The proponent must prepare a formal proposal and include a series of legal documents and other requirements. All tender processes are published electronically in the SICOES system. Once it is published, then the process is paper-based and handled within each public entity. The results of the procurement process are also published.
Being unable to generate important statistics is a serious disadvantage to a centralized information system. SICOES currently does not generate data, such as: