SLCMDI hosts work­shop on na­tional pro­cure­ment guide­lines and im­pact on med­i­cal de­vices in­dus­try

Daily Mirror (Sri Lanka) - - HEALTHCARE -

Mem­bers and stake­hold­ers in­volved with the Sri Lanka Cham­ber of Med­i­cal De­vices In­dus­try gath­ered to­day for a work­shop on Na­tional Pro­cure­ment Guide­lines and the Im­pact on Phar­ma­ceu­ti­cals and the Med­i­cal De­vices In­dus­try at the Grand Ori­en­tal Ho­tel.

This work­shop was con­ducted in co­or­di­na­tion with the Fi­nance Min­istry and was graced with the pres­ence of mem­bers of the Health Min­istry, State Phar­ma­ceu­ti­cals Cor­po­ra­tion (SPC), Med­i­cal Sup­plies Di­vi­sion (MSD) and Bio­med­i­cal Engi­neer­ing Di­vi­sion along with other in­dus­try part­ners.

Speak­ing at the work­shop, SLCMDI Pres­i­dent Sa­man Hu­langa­muwa said: “In to­day’s day and age, com­mu­ni­ca­tion hap­pens so quickly and as an in­dus­try which is highly com­pet­i­tive, it is im­per­a­tive for us to stay ahead of the game. We need to make sure ev­ery­thing is in or­der and tech­nol­ogy makes it so much eas­ier. This is why we are rec­om­mend­ing that na­tional pro­cure­ment also goes dig­i­tal.”

Fi­nance Min­istry Pub­lic Fi­nance Di­rec­tor Gen­eral P. Al­gama fur­ther ex­plained the pur­pose of the work­shop and the im­por­tance of hav­ing an un­der­stand­ing of proper pro­cure­ment plan­ning to prevent high cost and en­sure stan­dard prod­ucts are re­leased to the mar­ket. Pub­lic pro­cure­ment is a key eco­nomic ac­tiv­ity of the govern­ment. It re­mains a sig­nif­i­cant part of the Sri Lankan econ­omy, in 2016, ac­count­ing for about Rs.596bn or 19 per­cent of to­tal govern­ment spend­ing and fiveper­cent of GDP dis­bursed through pub­lic pro­cure­ment process.

Pro­cure­ment guide­lines are es­sen­tial to en­sure cor­rup­tion free busi­ness deal­ings and pro­mote ac­count­abil­ity and trans­parency.

Fi­nance Min­istry Pub­lic Fi­nance Di­rec­tor D.G. Chan­drika con­ducted the work­shop, en­light­en­ing those present on the key prin­ci­ples of pro­cure­ment guide­lines, the process, cy­cle and plan and the stan­dards for bid­ding doc­u­ments. Fol­low­ing these guide­lines is es­sen­tial for those in the in­dus­try to pro­cure the most cost – pro­vide ef­fec­tive phar­ma­ceu­ti­cals and med­i­cal de­vices in the right quan­ti­ties, en­sure sup­plier re­li­a­bil­ity with re­spect to ser­vice and qual­ity, ar­range timely de­liv­ery to avoid short­age and stock outs, achieve the low­est pos­si­ble eval­u­ated cost.

At the end of the sem­i­nar, par­tic­i­pants were given an op­por­tu­nity to pose ques­tions to clar­ify cer­tain doubts from the Fi­nance Min­istry, SPC, BME and MSD.

The work­shop in progress

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