The Public Procurement & Asset Disposal Board (PPADB) officials say they are excited about the Economic Stimulus Programme (ESP) as it is going to expose the efficiency and capability of the procurement system. PPADB has been tasked with facilitating the implementation of the ESP through shortened turn-around times. Speaking during a media briefing in Gaborone on Friday, PPADB Executive chairperson Bridget John revealed that PPADB has also developed simplified bidding packages in consultation with relevant procuring entities for ESP projects so that eligible citizen contractors can effectively participate in the programme. According to John, this arrangement requires Procuring Officers to identify projects and package them by geographical areas. Packages are then to be allocated to consultants by direct appointment on rotational basis for speedy implementation and to avoid giving work to the same consultants. “The award of ESP projects is expected to benefit more participating contractors,” she said. As a result John said that PPADB is developing an ESP portal to track ESP tender awards for users to be aware of awards made to contractors on ESP tenders by ministries, councils and other entities.
Reiterating John stance, PPADB Executive Director of Works Elijah Motshidisi said that the ESP is a biggest project that PPADB has ever taken, but are nonetheless prepared to execute with diligence. According to Motshidisi, this fast-tracking of projects does not mean PPADB will not follow set procuring standards and procedures but rather the fast-tracking is meant to improve on service delivery and efficiency while fulfilling the main objective of stimulating the economy. “We are not willing to compromise on any procuring criteria, hence everything will be done right while efficiency is maintained,” said Motshidisi. Meanwhile, the PPADB has revealed that the total value of tenders awarded by the board amounted to P5.O4 billion while P3.9 billion or (77%) worth of tenders were awarded through open domestic bidding. According to John, Ministerial Tender Committees and District Administration Tender Committees awarded tenders amounting to P3.6 billion which was higher than the previous year’s total of P2.7 billion. “This shows the Board’s commitment to ensuring that it devolves authority to its committees as part of speeding up procurement,” said John. She also said that there was an increase in the number of contractors registered with the Board from 8239 to 12335 and the revenue generated by the Board increased from P7.6 million in 2013/14 to P12.9 million in the 2014/15 financial