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The current direction of the Iraqi Ministry of Planning in regard to the General Conditions for Engineering Contracting (Civil works version – Electrical, Mechanical and Chemical works versions) was explained via letter No. 714/7505 dated 9/4/2017 by circular to all ministries and contracting departments to consider the General Conditions for Contracting as inapplicable in tendering and contracting procedures since they were replaced by the Standard Documents for Tenders, and thus the said Standards became binding to government contracting agencies effective 1/7/2016;
It is worth mentioning that the binding effect of Standards may not be extended to contractors unless stated in the contract clearly or by reference as they are meant to regulate and govern the functionality of the contracting agency in particular.
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