PPP raises con­cerns about col­lu­sion, price fix­ing and other cor­rupt prac­tices

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Peo­ple’s Pro­gres­sive Party has brought to the pub­lic’s at­ten­tion what it deems to be “fla­grant vi­o­la­tions and breaches of the pro­cure­ment laws by the APNU/AFC”

In a state­ment, the Party said, re­cent Cabi­net de­ci­sion to award multi-mil­lion dol­lar awards for the supply of drugs, was done out­side pro­cure­ment laws, an in one in­stance, an award was given to a fam­ily mem­ber of a se­nior gov­ern­ment of­fi­cial.

The state­ment reads as fol­lows:

The Peo­ple’s Pro­gres­sive Party Civic (PPP/C) ex­presses grave con­cerns, over the con­tin­ued fla­grant vi­o­la­tions and breaches of the pro­cure­ment laws by the APNU/ AFC Ad­min­is­tra­tion, as it re­lates to ten­der­ing and award of con­tracts, specif­i­cally, in the pub­lic health sec­tor.

A re­cent an­nounce­ment by the Min­istry of the Pres­i­dency stated that Cabi­net has awarded multi-mil­lion dol­lar con­tracts to spe­cific sup­pli­ers for the pro­cure­ment of med­i­cal sup­plies. These sup­pli­ers are: Trans Con­ti­nen­tal Med­i­cal Prod­ucts Limited (TCMPL) - $675,575 USD, Western Sci­en­tific Com­pany Limited - $ 154,154 USD, Caribbean Med­i­cal Sup­plies Inc - $27.3M, Eureka Med­i­cal Lab­o­ra­to­ries In­cor­po­rated - $92.1M and Di­amed Caribbean In­cor­po­rated - $94,659 USD.

As is re­quired by law, con­tracts of these mag­ni­tudes should be prop­erly ad­ver­tised, com­pa­nies are re­quired to ten­der, an eval­u­a­tion is done, and an award is made to the bid­der which sat­is­fies all cri­te­ria. Un­fortu- nately, there is no ev­i­dence to sug­gest, that this process has been fol­lowed, which raises con­cerns about the pos­si­bil­ity of col­lu­sion, price fix­ing and other cor­rupt prac­tices. One of the com­pa­nies in­volved has had a track record of col­lu­sion and was black­listed by the Gov­ern­ment, yet this black­listed com­pany is now be­ing awarded a hefty con­tract. In another in­stance one of the lo­cal com­pa­nies that re­ceived a huge con­tract, we have been re­li­ably in­formed has a fam­ily mem­ber in a se- nior po­si­tion at the Min­istry of Pub­lic Health, which raises the ques­tion of con­flict of in­ter­ests, in­sider trad­ing and other cor­rupt prac­tices.

In the light of re­peated scan­dals re­gard­ing the pro­cure­ment of drugs and med­i­cal sup­plies; where a Min­is­ter was sent to the Com­mit­tee of Priv­i­leges of the Na­tional As­sem­bly for cov­er­ing up ne­far­i­ous prac­tices; the re­cent scan­dals in­volv­ing another Min­is­ter, where over $600M of drugs and med­i­cal sup­plies were sole sourced by GPHC and many other re­peated vi­o­la­tions, one is left to won­der whether there is any in­ten­tion by the Granger led Ad­min­is­tra­tion to com­ply with our pro­cure­ment laws. In the face of these re­peated breaches, we call on the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity, es­pe­cially the donors whose re­sources are some­times used to fund these con­tracts to be more vig­i­lant.

This is another case for im­me­di­ate in­ves­ti­ga­tion and pub­lic dis­clo­sure by the Pub­lic Pro­cure­ment Com­mis­sion (PPC).

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