It is important for bidders to know why their tenders fail and therefore in all procurement activities all bidders must be debriefed to enhance the value of transparency.
This was said by Public Procurement and Asset Disposal Board (PPADB) Executive Director, Idah Marumo at a three -day capacity building workshop that was held in Francistown this week.
“Bidders who failed if not debriefed may conclude that tenders were not awarded fairly.
Such suspicions and allegation serve to undermine public confidence in the procurement system and perpetuate the perception of corruption,”Marumo said to the addressing District Administration Tender Committees (DATCs) who attended the workshop.
“Our mandate is to uphold the principles of fairness, competition and anti-corruption.
The board monitors the compliance of its committees with the requirements of the act through periodic visits and assessment of reports.” Marumo further highlighted.
Urging the committee to guard against behaviour that would bring PPDAB transparency reputation I disrepute Marumo urged them to always be prepared to give a full record whenever they receive complaints from contractors questioning the evaluation process and the manner in which the adjudication of tenders was handled at DATC level.
Another speaker at the same event, the Ministry of Local Government Acting Deputy Permanent Secretary, Modisa Segokgo said the workshop provided a platform for DTACs to come up with solutions to their challenges.
“We want to facilitate the devolution of authority by familiarizing the participants with responsibility of managing public procurement and asset disposal.
Adjudication personnel skills should be improved to meet the requirements of the procurement and asset disposal landscape.
In the past DATCs dealt mainly with food commodities contracts but now it covers maintenance works, services and non works consultancy related contracts.
Therefore this calls for attention to empower the committees with the necessary skills and experience on the sectors concerned.” Said Segokgo.
The main objective of the workshop was for participants to share experiences in relation to tender adjudication and award processes.