Puebla, Pue. Despite the fact that in 2019 the State Congress approved the reform of the Law of Acquisitions, Leases and Services of the State and Municipal Public Sector, to guarantee that 80% of the purchases made by local governments are with micro, small and medium companies (MSMEs) settled in the entity or constituted by people from Puebla, so far it has not been fulfilled, highlighted the president of the Business Coordinating Council (CCE), Ignacio Alarcón Rodríguez Pacheco.
He indicated that in this period of the pandemic it would have been helpful for the different commercial and service sectors if the acting authorities were inclined to make their spending in the internal market, but it is not happening.
At the time, the then local deputy, Oswaldo Jiménez López, who proposed the reform of that law, explained that in 2018 the state government spent 7,000 million pesos on goods and services for the year, which meant a universe of opportunities for companies and that this could help their consolidation.
Alarcón Rodríguez said that they saw the reform as positive, but they have not seen effects for the Private Initiative in increasing internal consumption in favor of all kinds of businesses or technical service providers.
He recalled that it was among the points on the agenda of requests from the sector to the local authorities, because there were disadvantages compared to foreigners to achieve a contract, the latter with the possibility of punishing their prices to be suppliers, which a businessman from Puebla cannot do. because it is putting your profit at risk.
However, he considered that the Procurement Law would have to modify the percentage of prices that are presented to compete, because although state firms have the possibility of raising them by 2 or 3%, this is not convenient in terms of profit, therefore , suggest that this differentiation be better than 15%, which would help suppliers of stationery, materials for public works, electronics, among others, not penalize their costs in a tender.
He pointed out that it has not been possible to have procurement committees in state and municipal governments either, where private organizations have representatives to make suggestions for suppliers, but guaranteeing quality and that they meet delivery times.
“It is a matter of political will and we have wanted to approach the authorities, especially state authorities, which has been pending since last year, to insist that purchases be made from companies in Puebla, but we do not see a concrete response,” he deepened.
He considered that dozens of jobs had also been saved with purchases by the authorities when the Covid-19 pandemic was at its worst; however, it did not happen either and the economic recovery is going “slowly”.
He indicated that the best client for entrepreneurs will always be the government at any level, because high volumes of orders are handled, for this reason he hopes that the aforementioned law will be complied with, since in this way the internal market maintains a rhythm that is reflected in economic stability. and labor.