The Assistant Finance Minister has said plans to build the Public Procurement and Asset Disposal Board (PPADB) offices in Francistown were put on hold due to lack of finances.
Speaking in parliament on Monday Vincent Seretse said PPADB considered the project for establishment of satellite offices at major centers across the country during the 2009/10 financial year.
He said the project included setting up new offices at four regions namely, Palapye, Francistown, Maun and Ghanzi with the aim of bringing services closer to the people.
“Due to budgetary constraints experienced by government, the projects were put on hold. The project may be considered in the future, funds permitting,” he said.
Seretse acknowledged that people in the northern part of the country and other region faced problems as they had to travel to Gaborone for services.
“In view of that, the PPADB has devolved some of its functions to the Ministerial Tender Committees throughout the country, including Francistown and surrounding areas to facilitate the adjudication and awards of tenders at district level,” said the junior minister.
PPADB is also implementing the Integrated Procurement Management System (IPMS) project which includes online contractor registration module.
He said; “This system allows contractors to apply for registration with PPADB wherever they are located without having to travel to PPADB offices in Gaborone.”