The Competition Authority will on Monday host a training workshop for parastatals on bid-rigging. The workshop will be held at Boipuso Hall starting at 8am. The training workshops started last year with government ministries and are aimed at empowering officers in Tender Committees and Procurement Units with skills to detect and prevent bid-rigging in public procurement.
Bid-rigging, also known as collusive tendering, has the biggest potential to cause harm in public procurement which is usually the major driver of many economies. This is especially true in Botswana where government is a major economic player.
The workshop will be officially opened by the Executive Chairperson of the Public Procurement and Asset Disposal Board (PPADB) Ms. Bridget John. There will also be a presentation by the Directorate on Corruption and Economic Crime (DCEC). The Competition Authority, DCEC and PPADB have signed an MoU chief amongst its aims being to combat bid-rigging.