PM pledges to ensure standard of public procurement
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday said the government is committed to ensure the standard of public procurement.
“Around 75 percent money of the annual development programme is used for public procurement. People are the source of all these money. The government is accountable to the people for ensuring standard of the procured goods and service and usage of the public money,” she said.
Hasina was inaugurating the electronic government procurement (e-GP) at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre (BICC).
Planning Minister AK Khandker, State Minister for Science and ICT Yeafesh Osman and World Bank Country Director Ellen Goldstein also spoke at the function.
Central Procurement Technical Unit (CPTU) Director General Amulya Debnath made the address of welcome.
The e-GP system provides an on-line platform to carry out procurement activities by the Public Agencies -- Procuring Agencies (PAs) and Procuring Entities (PEs).
The e-GP system is a single web portal from where and through which PAs and PEs will be able to perform their procurement related activities using a dedicated secure web based dashboard. The e-GP system is hosted in e-GP Data Centre at CPTU and the e-GP web portal is accessible by the PAs and PEs through internet for their use.
The e-GP solution introduced under Public Procurement Reform (PPR) Process is being supported by World Bank and being used by all government organisations which will help ensure equal access to the Bidders/Tenderers, efficiency, transparency and accountability in the public procurement process in the country.
Initially, the e-tendering is going to be introduced in four procuring target agencies under the PPR Project -2. These target agencies are: LGED, Roads and Highways, Bangladesh Water Development Board and Rural Electrification Board.
It would be expanded to 16 PEs of the four agencies and CPTU. Later, 308 PEs of the four agencies will come under the system.