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PPADB removes tendering bottlenecks

SHARE   |   Thursday, 24 September 2015   |   By Keitebe Kgosikebatho
PPADB Executive Chairperson  Bridget John PPADB Executive Chairperson Bridget John

The Public Procurement  and Asset Disposal Board Executive Chairperson  Bridget John has commended the Ministry of Defence, Justice and Security for being  responsive and  efficient in their dealings with the public procurement  process. Speaking at the signing of the service  level agreement between the two parties, John said in their quest to address some of the complaints raised by clients PPADB has done away with some of its  requirements  for tendering which were said to be burdensome. These, she said, included  the bid bond, form of intent to provide parent guarantee, and certificate of incorporation  given that when a bidder is  registered  with PPADB , they necessarily would have submitted such information.
John disclosed that the PPADB is currently  piloting the Integrated  Procurement  Management System (IPMS)  and is progressively moving towards dropping  the requirement  for the submission of the PPADB  registration as both the PPADB and Procuring entities  will be able to check  online whether  or not the bidder  is registered  with PPADB in the evaluation of tenders. “ to this end the board has decided  to pilot this aspect with the MDJS, as from experience, this is a ministry  that is very responsive, and disciplined,” she said.
According to John they have since requested  the Ministry  to drop requirements for submission of PPADB certificates  in their tenders so that they may see if online certification works well. “ If this succeeds we will ask all ministries  to drop this requirement in the next financial year,” said John.
John said complaints by some that  procurement takes  long needs to be addressed saying  that she believes that observing  the service level agreement and improving  on procurement  planning  and adherence should bring  about better results.