The Regional administration and other relevant stakeholders in Mahdia, Region Eight are the latest beneficiaries of a training exercise in the procurement process. The session was executed by the National Procurement and Tender Administrative Board (NPTAB) in the boardroom of the Regional Democratic Council (RDC). The training forms part of NPTAB’s 2018 interventions to audit, appraise and train all procuring entities including, ministries, agencies and administrative regions of the correct procurement practices. “We’re reinforcing what we expect them to know and we’re making sure that the new entrants and staff of the Regional Executive Officer understand the Procurement Act and its regulations which together form the legal framework and all the procurement necessary procedures,” Chairman, NPTAB, Berkeley Wickham explained. The chairman told the Department of Public Information (DPI) that the procedures are enshrined in the Procurement Act 2003 and the regulations set out the methods of procurement, how they can be applied and how the national, regional administration and ministerial tender boards are formed. Included in the act are penalties for corrupt acts and threshold for ministries, regions, the national boards. “Corrupt acts are perpetrated by persons who want to corrupt the system for their own benefit. If there’s an evaluation taking place that is supposed to be confidential and information was shared with a preferred contractor or evaluator so as to influence the decision in favour of another contractor or supplier, it is a corrupt act,” Wickham explained. The exercise is a first in the region and attracted participants from various disciplines. Deputy Toshao of Campbelltown, Marbel Thomas, who is also a member of the Regional Tender Board noted that the training was informational and educational. “I’ve gained a lot of knowledge in terms of the work I’ve been doing. It will bring about a positive change in our community and the development of our region.” It is anticipated that the training will allow contractors and other service providers to be meet the necessary regulations as it relates to the evaluation process when bidding for projects in the region.
By: Ranetta La Fleur.