Bill seeks to bar small biz discrimination

The Federation of Israeli Chambers of Commerce submitted a bill seeking to bar government tenders from discriminating against small businesses to the Knesset member heading the small- and medium-sized business lobby.

The Federation of Israeli Chambers of Commerce submitted a bill seeking to bar government tenders from discriminating against small businesses to the Knesset member heading the small- and medium-sized business lobby, the federation said Monday. "There is a pattern in the public sector - for reasons of convenience on the part of those responsible for tenders - to disallow small and medium-sized businesses from participating in tenders, which is done by placing an arbitrary threshold criterion in terms of business volumes [of companies allowed to contend]," said federation president Uriel Lynn. Such criteria unnecessarily prevent "professional businesses, with a reputation, experience and reliability" from participating in a significant part of the Israeli economy and contradict policy, he said.