Govt opts for open tenders to strengthen process of procurements

By Wednesday March 11th, 2009 No Comments

ALL Government procurements will be made through open tenders or restricted tenders except for specific cases, says Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.

This approach, he said, would enhance elements of competition and strengthen the value-for-money concept in Government procurements.

“Electronic procurement will be expanded through the e-Perolehan system to enhance transparency in the management of Government procurements,” he said.

To manage costs, Najib said, the implementation of design and build projects would not be allowed except in cases requiring high technical expertise.

“In addition, project proposals must obtain 26 approvals from the standards and costs committee. Agencies must implement projects according to cost, cost limits, project scope and plans, as approved.

“As such, any changes to project costs, work scope and design without approval of the committee will not be allowed,” he said, adding that the committee wou ld submit periodic reports to the Cabinet on standards compliance and related issues.

The Government would increase the number of professionals like engineers, architects and quantity surveyors to strengthen the effectiveness of the committee, said Najib, adding that there would be continued support for the progress of domestic industries where use of local materials had been mandated.

Procurement of imported items, he said would only be allowed if it could not be sourced locally or cost too high locally.

Source : The Star

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