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