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.