Public Procurement Bill to be re-introduced in Parliament

17 Feb 2015 16:20pm
WINDHOEK, 17 FEB (NAMPA) – The draft of the new Public Procurement Bill will be re-introduced in Parliament during this session, Minister of Finance Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila announced on Tuesday.
A new Public Procurement Bill was presented in Parliament in 2013, but was withdrawn to allow for more consultations.
After further engagement with stakeholders, the draft Bill will then be discussed by the legislators in the Fifth Parliamentary session which will end before 21 March this year.
Kuugongelwa-Amadhila said in a speech read on her behalf by her special advisor Paul Hartmann during the launch of the annual Directory of the Construction Industries’ Federation of Namibia (CIF) that in the meantime, they have started developing the draft instruments to enable the implementation of the new system, which will be finalised as soon as Parliament has adopted the Bill.
However, the Finance Minister indicated that once the new legislation becomes effective, it will be confronted with some challenges such as the constitutional organisation for procurement management, new methods of procurement and greater observance of the general principles of good governance, such as transparency, competition, accountability, fairness and value for money.
Another important aspect of the forthcoming change is that the legislation will be applicable to all public bodies, including regional and local authorities, as well as state-owned companies and enterprises.
The Procurement Policy Office, to be housed within the office of the Ministry of Finance, will be the technical arm of the minister for the conception and implementation of procurement policies of government, as well as an oversight and monitoring body to ensure effective implementation and compliance.
Kuugongelwa-Amadhila explained that the office has the responsibility to ensure proper training of both officers and bidders so that procurement is performed in a professional manner.
The Central Procurement Board will be another key institution to be established under the new legislation.
It will replace the current Tender Board and will adjudicate over all major procurements, determined according to a prescribed threshold.
Meanwhile, CIF Namibia produced about 5 000 copies of the 2015 directory.