Procurement vital to achieve socio-economic objectives

SHARE   |   Monday, 12 October 2015   |   By Othusitse Tlhobogang
PPADB Executive Chairperson, Bridget John  PPADB Executive Chairperson, Bridget John

Public Procumbent and Asset Disposal Board (PPDAB) Executive Chairperson Bridget John has pledged support to help the Ministry of Trade and Industry achieves its mandate. John said the ministry has a mammoth task of developing local industry and reducing over reliance on imports hence the need for help.
Speaking at the signing of the Service Level Agreement of the two entities on Friday John said procurement is very key in supporting the mandate of the ministry hence the need to engage more to find effective ways of achieving the socio-economic objectives of the government.
The Service Level Agreement is meant to cement the cooperation of the two entities and bind them to work on speeding up the procurement works. John said the agreement will go a long way to improve the ministry’s service delivery and to reach their objectives. She said the objective of the service level agreement is for the two to recommit to improving the efficiencies in the procurement of the works, services and supplies to ensure that quality services are delivered on time.
“Through this we seek to align expectations and bring about certainty in the procurement process whilst clarifying roles between parties at every stage,” said John. According to the agreement the two commits to adhere to Performance Service Standards and to uphold the principles guiding public procurement. These include among others transparency, competition, fairness and equitable treatment of bidders.
The permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Trade and Industry Peggy Serame thanked PPADB for upholding her ministry through workshops in the procurement field. Serame said it is because of the workshops that PPADB held for the Ministerial Tender Committee that the ministry is performing satisfactorily in procurement functions. This has also been alluded to by PPADB officials.
The service level agreement is seen as a way of cementing the two entities’ working relations as they have always been working together. John has pledged PPADB’s full support to ministry of trade and industry saying there is need to adhere to the service standards. She said accounting officers should have keen interest in monitoring procurement to enable the ministry to operate smoothly and account for results without having to look for external parties to blame.
In an effort to address the concern that requirements for tendering are burdensome John announced that PPADB has dealt away with a number of mandatory requirements. These include the bid bond, form of intent to provide parent guarantee and certification of incorporation.
“A consultative workshop with procuring entities and representatives of contractors association will be held on the 19-20 October 2015 to further reflect on barriers to public procurement and their removal thereof,” highlighted John. To further ensure transparency John said the board is currently piloting the integrated management system where tenders are issued and submitted online. According to John online biddings will minimise opportunities for corruption in public procurement. 
The partnership between PPADB and MTI is seen as a way forward towards efficient in the procurement and assert disposal processes. PPABD Executive Director-Service Joyce Mokobi said all other ministries should take note of this partnership and learn from it. Mokobi noted that the ministry of trade and industry has always been effective and needs to be commended.