Assessment of Transparency And Accountability of Budget Expenditures For Restoration and Construction In 2021 In The Liberated Territories

25 Pages Posted: 21 Jul 2022

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Gubad Ibadoghlu

Economic Research Center (ERC); London School of Economics & Political Science (LSE)

Date Written: July 1, 2022

Abstract

The state budget for 2021projected 2.2 billion manats for the reconstruction and restoration of the liberated territories, which accounted for 44% of the planned investment expenditures and 7.7% of the total budget expenditures for that year. According to the report of the Cabinet of Ministers for 2021, 99% of the funds allocated from the state budget for 2021 for the reconstruction and restoration of the liberated territories have been executed, and thus 2 billion 178.4 million manats have been spent on the restoration of the territories.

No information was found in open government sources on how the 2.2 billion manats allocated under the name of reconstruction and restoration of the liberated territories have been distributed. The Executive Office of the President, the Cabinet of Ministers, the Ministry of Finance, and other relevant government agencies do not respond to information requests without giving any reason. The purpose of this study is to determine how the allocated funds have been distributed by districts, and projects, as well as how the contractors and subcontractors involved in the implementation of projects have been selected, to assess the compliance of the selection of these companies with the requirements of the Law of the Republic of Azerbaijan on Public Procurement, and to identify the ownership of companies and their affiliation with the political elite.

Since the report on the execution of the budget for 2021 and the opinion of the Chamber of Accounts have not yet been made public, the study used information from the Law of the Republic of Azerbaijan on Execution of the State Budget of the Republic of Azerbaijan for 2020 and the opinion of the Chamber of Accounts of the Republic of Azerbaijan on the annual report on the execution of the state budget of the Republic of Azerbaijan for 2020.

Keywords: Karabakh, construction and restoration, liberated territories, highways, energy, urban planning

Suggested Citation

Ibadoghlu, Gubad, Assessment of Transparency And Accountability of Budget Expenditures For Restoration and Construction In 2021 In The Liberated Territories (July 1, 2022). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=4152000 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.4152000

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London School of Economics & Political Science (LSE) ( email )

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