New Procurement Act to restore finance ministry's image

22 Feb 2016 20:10pm
WINDHOEK, 22 FEB (NAMPA) – The Ministry of Finance will in two months’ time start implementing the Public Procurement Act that was passed in the National Assembly last year.
The Public Procurement Act was signed by President Hage Geigob and gazetted in December 2015, ready for implementation.
The new legislation will repeal the current Tender Board Act, which means that the current Tender Board will cease to operate, effective April 2016.
The Central Procurement Board will then replace the current Tender Board as provided for in the new legislation.
Addressing his staff on Monday, Minister of Finance Calle Schlettwein announced that in the next two months the ministry will finalise its (Act) regulations in order to fully implement the new legislation.
“It is a reform instrument that we have put in place to allow us to better our own resources for economic development, empowering our people, improve our transparency, furthering industrialisation process, and improve the quality of how we bid to purchase goods and service and how we spend the public resources.”
He then called on all staff members to help each other make the implementation of the new Act a success story.
The minister said the Tender Board has lost integrity.
“We were facing the perception that our procurement system is fraudulent and one that lacks transparency and does not have value for money.
“We have now the chance to correct the perception with the new Act and show that we are able to procure in a value for money way, transparent way, and way to help the target group identified in the Act, such as women and formally disadvantaged people.”
Meanwhile, Schlettwein urged the staff members to improve efficiency gains and achieve more with less resources.
“Our ministry is the centrum of the ability of the government. If we do not pay goods and services on time, if we do not disburse money on time, clear customs goods on time, collect revenue properly, plan macro-economic timely and properly, it is the whole country and the whole economy that are feeling those poor performances, and it is each citizen that will pay the collateral damage because we were not efficient.”