Pro­cure­ment guide­lines a driv­ing force –

Jamaica Gleaner - - SOCIAL -

MIN­IS­TER OF State in the Min­istry of Fi­nance and the Pub­lic Ser­vice Fay­val Wil­liams has said that pub­lic pro­cure­ment is a vi­able means of stim­u­lat­ing sus­tained eco­nomic growth and de­vel­op­ment.

Wil­liams was speak­ing at the open­ing of the 12th In­terAmer­i­can Net­work on Gov­ern­ment Pro­cure­ment (INGP) con­fer­ence, at the Mon­tego Bay Con­ven­tion Cen­tre in St James, on Tues­day.

The state min­is­ter said the adop­tion and ad­her­ence to pro­cure­ment guide­lines is a driv­ing force in eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment, given the strong pur­chas­ing power of the Gov­ern­ment.

“The cur­rent pro­cure­ment spend con­sti­tutes a sig­nif­i­cant por­tion of the gross do­mes­tic prod­uct. This is an im­mense ca­pac­ity to in­flu­ence the de­sign of pub­lic de­vel­op­ment poli­cies which have mean­ing­ful so­cial, eco­nomic and en­vi­ron­men­tal im­pact on the cit­i­zens,” Wil­liams said.

She said that driv­ing of en­trepreneur­ship, through the em­pow­er­ment of play­ers in the mi­cro, small and medium-sized en­ter­prise (MSME) sec­tor in pub­lic pro­cure­ment, will be a key com­po­nent in the process of eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment and the re­duc­tion of bu­reau­cratic red tape.

“The MSMEs are the back­bone of the econ­omy, as they are en­gines of growth, ac­count­ing for 90 per cent of to­tal em­ploy­ment in Ja­maica. The Gov­ern­ment is keen on the cre­ation of an en­abling en­vi­ron­ment which is com­ple­mented by the im­ple­men­ta­tion of leg­is­la­tion, poli­cies and pro­grammes to re­duce bu­reau­cratic im­ped­i­ments of do­ing busi­ness with the Gov­ern­ment,” she noted.

TREMEN­DOUS BEN­E­FITS

“In par­tic­u­lar, the is­sue of al­low­ing MSMEs to take up a more mean­ing­ful share of the Gov­ern­ment of Ja­maica pro­cure­ment con­tracts has been the sub­ject of a sig­nif­i­cant di­a­logue and re­view among our ex­ec­u­tive and pol­icy tech­nocrats, with wide-scale stake­holder con­sul­ta­tions from the MSME sec­tor and the wider pri­vate sec­tor,” she added.

The state min­is­ter said Ja­maica has over the years reaped tremen­dous ben­e­fits by be­ing an ac­tive mem­ber of the INGP, es­pe­cially in the area of pub­lic-pro­cure­ment re­form.

The con­fer­ence, which ends to­day, is be­ing staged un­der the theme ‘Pub­lic Pro­cure­ment – a Tool for Eco­nomic De­vel­op­ment’.

WIL­LIAMS

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