Gov’t ap­proves $515M ANSA pay­ment for deal that broke pro­cure­ment law

Stabroek News Sunday - - GLOBAL GOSSIP -

While the Pub­lic Pro­cure­ment Com­mis­sion has found that the pro­cure­ment laws were bro­ken in the award of $632 mil­lion in con­tracts for the emer­gency sup­ply of phar­ma­ceu­ti­cals, the gov­ern­ment re­cently ap­proved a $515.1 mil­lion pay­ment to sup­plier ANSA McAL for ful­fill­ing its con­tract. At an Al­liance For Change (AFC) press con­fer­ence yes­ter­day, Min­is­ter of Pub­lic Se­cu­rity Khem­raj Ram­jat­tan and Min­is­ter of Pub­lic In­fra­struc­ture David Pat­ter­son both con­firmed that the pay­ment was brought to Cab­i­net’s at­ten­tion for not­ing. The $515, 178, 268 rep­re­sented pay­ment for phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal drugs al­ready de­liv­ered by the com­pany. “It was ini­tially $605 mil­lion. We re­ceived five hun­dred and X amount… and noted,” Pat­ter­son said.

“Cab­i­net has noted. It was brought to our at­ten­tion and we noted that it has sat­is­fied the re­quire­ments of the pro­cure­ment act and that’s what we do… Prime Min­is­ter (Moses Nag­amootoo) made the case and yes, we in­deed, we noted,” Ram­jat­tan in­ter­jected. The Cab­i­net de­ci­sion doc­u­ment, signed by Min­is­ter of State Joseph Har­mon on September 11, ex­plained that a Cab­i­net sub-com­mit­tee con­sid­ered the con­tract for the pro­cure­ment of emer­gency phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal sup­plies for the Ge­orge­town Pub­lic Hospi­tal Cor­po­ra­tion.

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