CCP en­sures bal­ance in the pro­cure­ment of bull­doz­ers

The Pak Banker - - NATIONAL -

KARACHI: The Com­pe­ti­tion Com­mis­sion of Pak­istan (CCP) has en­sured com­pli­ance by the Agri­cul­tural En­gi­neer­ing Depart­ment (A&E Depart­ment), Govern­ment of Balochis­tan, with the pro­vi­sions of the Com­pe­ti­tion Act, 2010 in a ten­der floated for the pro­cure­ment of bull­doz­ers by re­mov­ing anti-com­pet­i­tive clauses from the ten­der. CCP re­ceived a com­plaint from a sup­plier of bull­doz­ers re­gard­ing re­stric­tive clauses in a ten­der floated by the Agri­cul­tural En­gi­neer­ing Depart­ment (A&E Depart­ment), Govern­ment of Balochis­tan for pro­cure­ment of bull­doz­ers. Un­der the tech­ni­cal spec­i­fi­ca­tions, only equip­ment from USA, UK, EU and Ja­pan were el­i­gi­ble for par­tic­i­pa­tion. This re­stricted, among oth­ers, the Chi­nese equip­ment man­u­fac­tur­ers from the bid­ding process that are some of the big­gest bull­dozer man­u­fac­turer in the world. The com­plainant stated that for the past 20 years it has been work­ing in Pak­istan with dif­fer­ent govern­ment de­part­ments and pri­vate com­pa­nies.

Th­ese pre-req­ui­sites in the ten­der doc­u­ment ap­peared to hin­der a level-play­ing field among var­i­ous sup­pli­ers of bull­doz­ers by os­ten­si­bly fore­clos­ing the mar­ket to the max­i­mum avail­able com­pe­ti­tion. Ex­plain­ing its man­date, the CCP shared its con­cerns with the A&E Depart­ment and other con­cerned au­thor­i­ties as to com­pe­ti­tion im­pli­ca­tions that the in­clu­sion of such re­stric­tive clauses may have on com­pe­ti­tion in the mar­ket. In re­sponse, A&E Depart­ment ac­knowl­edged the com­pe­ti­tion con­cerns raised by the CCP and re­solved the mat­ter by amend­ing the bid­ding doc­u­ment and float­ing the ten­der again with the omis­sion of coun­try of ori­gin. Some of the ben­e­fits that are ex­pected to ac­crue as a re­sult of this mea­sure are: Pro­vi­sion of a level play­ing field to all the sup­pli­ers of bull­doz­ers in Pak­istan.

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