Authorization to contract
Any business that wishes to conclude public contracts or public subcontracts must, if the contract involves an expenditure equal to or greater than the amount determined by the government, submit an application to the Autorité des marchés publics in order to obtain an authorization to contract.
Once the AMP has received a complete application for authorization, it consults the audit commissioner of the Unité permanente anticorruption, who verifies the company’s previous history. Once his verification is complete, the commissioner communicates his recommendations to the AMP, which then decides whether or not to authorize the company to contract with the government.
An authorization to contract is valid for three years. The conditions must be maintained for the entire duration of the authorization period and the company must submit an application for renewal at least 90 days before the conclusion of the three-year term if it wishes to pursue the execution of a contract or conclude a new contract. A company that requests such an authorization must pay the fee determined by the Conseil du trésor to analyze its file.