Seminars on Public Procurement Act starting next month

22 Jan 2016 09:20am
WINDHOEK, 22 JAN (NAMPA) – The Ministry of Finance's Tender Board Secretariat has scheduled intensive training seminars for the implementation of the Public Procurement Act.
The reviewed Public Procurement Bill was tabled in the National Assembly (NA) in September 2015 by Minister of Finance, Calle Schlettwein after it was withdrawn from Parliament in October 2013 when concerns were raised.
The main objective of the Public Procurement Act will be to regulate the procurement of goods and services; letting; hiring; acquisition; granting of rights and the disposal of property of public bodies, and will see preference given to locally manufactured products.
It will also contain essential provisions to ensure that the objectives of transparency, value for money, accountability, fair competition and equal treatment of all bidders are achieved.
In a statement issued to Nampa on Thursday, Tender Board Secretary, Helena Kapenda said the seminars will discuss the essential provisions of the Act and the standard bidding documents that will be issued for mandatory use.
“Accounting officers are requested to nominate up to a maximum of one person for Windhoek-based offices and up to three persons for regional-based offices to the seminar,” Kapenda urged.
She noted that the draft standard bidding documents will be available for download on the ministry's website.
The seminars are scheduled to take place from 01 to 04 February in Windhoek for officials from the Khomas and Omaheke regions; at Ondangwa from 15 to 18 February for officials from the Oshana, Ohangwena, Omusati and Oshikoto regions; at Rundu from 29 February to 03 March for officials from Kavango East, Kavango West and Zambezi regions; at Otjiwarongo from 14 to 17 March 2016 for officials from the Otjozondjupa, Erongo and Kunene Regions; and at Keetmanshoop from 04 to 07 March for the Hardap and //Kharas Regions.
The venue of the training will be announced to the nominated staff members via email.
Public procurement in Namibia has made numerous headlines highlighting an inefficient system that sometimes is laden with corruption and ridiculously late payments that all together allegedly only benefits the elite and those who know persons in power.
The exclusion of the Namibian Defence Force, Namibian Police Force and other state entities from procedures of the Tender Board Act has left the tax payers’ money flying into the pockets of a selected group of company owners, all fighting for the next big tender.
The Public Procurement Bill, amongst many, will scrap the Tender Board, establish a Review Panel and ensure that Namibian companies have preference.