Transparency, accountability in Public procurement needed
Saturday, 28 June 2008

Chief Advisor’s Special Assistant for Power and Energy Ministry at a workshop on Wednesday revealed the fact that Bangladesh and other such developing nations have been getting into difficulties in dealing with and contracting for public purchases due to the different donor agencies’ and development partners’ diverse procurement guidelines. It is , of course, true that many countries, including Bangladesh, need to follow different procurement guidelines for different donors, which make procurement process difficult and complex for the public procuring agencies. The modalities of such procurement were discussed at the concluding session of a regional workshop on public procurement system at a city hotel. The harsh observations of Dr. Tamim, on the tangles in the procurement process came at a time when debate is on about the recently placed national budget that awaits final approval by the interim government. In the annual development programme a large number of projects are donor-funded and during their implementation, donors’ guidelines are often mandatory to be followed by the implementing agencies in procuring equipment raw materials , and contracting services. Public procurement is at the core of the procedures whereby public money is spent for development projects . Budgets are translated into services in large part through the workings of the standardized public procurement system. Harmonizing procurement rules can obviate the difficulties. and delays encountered while procuring Bangladesh has made substantial achievements in reforming the public- procurement system. As such example needs to be set in achieving transparency and accountability in public procurement .

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