In­volv­ing pri­vate sec­tor in pro­cure­ment process

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To reach out the busi­ness com­mu­nity to en­hance trans­parency and value for money in pro­cure­ment to spur eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment, World Bank ( WB) in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the gov­ern­ment pro­cure­ment and prop­erty man­age­ment divi­sion of fi­nance min­istry and Asian De­vel­op­ment Bank ( ADB) con­ducted a half day out­reach sem­i­nar to the busi­ness com­mu­nity on 2 Novem­ber in Thim­phu.

The sem­i­nar also aims to raise aware­ness of the pri­vate sec­tor about the bid­ding op­por­tu­ni­ties avail­able through pub­lic in­vest­ment projects fi­nanced by the World Bank as well as by the gov­ern­ment, and the Asian De­vel­op­ment Bank.

There were dis­cus­sions on the pro­cure­ment com­plaints han­dling mech­a­nism. The sem­i­nar fur­ther en­cour­ages the in­creased par­tic­i­pa­tion of the con­tract­ing com­mu­nity in the bid­ding op­por­tu­ni­ties and en­able them to pre­pare bet­ter and more com­pet­i­tive bids.

Both the rep­re­sen­ta­tive from WB and ADB high­lighted on their project ac­tiv­i­ties and shared the po­ten­tial of mar­ket for the pri­vate busi­nesses.

Se­nior coun­try co­or­di­na­tion of­fi­cer, ADB, Tshe­wang Norbu talked on the bid­ding re­lated com­plaints in ADB project cy­cle and in­volve­ment of the pri­vate sec­tor in the im­ple­men­ta­tion process. He also ex­plained on the ADB's as­sis­tance in en­ergy, wa­ter and ur­ban sec­tor and train­ing in­sti­tutes, health sec­tor. He said that the ADB's project rat­ings are de­clin­ing year over year which are based on the tech­ni­cal is­sues, con­tract awards, dis­burse­ment, fi­nan­cial man­age­ment, and safe­guards re­quire­ments. He sug­gested per­for­mance port­fo­lio in project rat­ings needs im­prove­ment in readi­ness, in­sti­tu­tional ca­pac­ity of im­ple­ment­ing and ex­e­cut­ing agency, ef­fec­tive use of client por­tal dis­burse­ment, and timely sub­mis­sion of au­dit project fi­nan­cial state­ment.

Pres­i­dent, Con­struc­tion As­so­ci­a­tion of Bhutan, Thin­ley Jamt­sho also shared his con­cerns that pro­cure­ment process is in the heart of any de­vel­op­ment ac­tivties and it en­tails trans­parency, value for money, and non- dis­crim­i­na­tion.

Coun­try rep­re­sen­ta­tive of World Bank, Yoichiro Ishi­hara, said that Bhutan is not do­ing enough in terms of im­prov­ing en­vi­ron­ment for pri­vate sec­tor. He shared Bhutan ranked 81st in World Bank's Do­ing Busi­ness 2019 in­dex. Lead pro­cure­ment spe­cial­ist of World Bank, Richard Olowo shared on the World Bank pro­cure­ment poli­cies and web­site re­sources. Chief Pro­cure­ment Of­fi­cer, Karma Wangdi shared on the griev­ance mech­a­nism of the gov­ern­ment pro­cure­ment sys­tem.

The event was at­tended by the all the rel­e­vant stake­hold­ers in­volved with the dif­fer­ent steps in the pro­cure­ment cy­cle in­clud­ing the Royal Mon­e­tary Author­ity, stan­dards bureau, cus­toms and tax au­thor­i­ties, clear­ing and for­ward­ing agents, me­dia houses, fi­nan­cial in­sti­tu­tions, con­trac­tors, sup­pli­ers, con­sul­tants, as well as project staff.

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