19/03/2017 12:00 AM
The CPTU was established in April 2002 as a unit within the Implementation Monitoring and Evaluation Division of the Ministry of Planning. It is headed by a Director-General, who reports directly to the Secretary, IMED. The DG has a staff complement of Directors, Deputy Directors, Assistant Directors, Systems Analyst, Programmer and other support staff.
The CPTU is a permanent institution of the government, funded under the revenue budget and established for carrying out the purposes of Section 67 which states as follows:
Section 67: For carrying out the purposes of the Act, the Government shall, through a Central Procurement Technical Unit or any other unit established by it relating to procurement monitoring, coordination and management, perform the following responsibilities, namely -
- Providing for monitoring compliance with and implementation of this Act through the authority as designated by the Government
- Arranging for performance of the necessary functions and responsibilities incidental thereto, through the authority as designated by the government and
- Performing any other responsibilities as prescribed.
Then the Public Procurement Rules-2008 prescribed the following additional responsibility to CPTU:
1. For the purposes of section 67 (a) of the Act, The Central Procurement Technical Unit (CPTU) of IMED shall, in addition to that Section of the Act, perform the following responsibility under Section 67 (b) and (c), namely
(a) Propose any Amendment to the Act, Rules or other Documents which appears necessary in the light of international practices and experience gained in course of the Public Procurement process in Bangladesh
(b) Issue guidance and instructions regarding the interpretation and implementation of these Rules and other Documents issued by it and give, upon request from the concerned Procuring Entity or Tenderer, advice and assistance to Procuring Entities without, however, diminishing the responsibility of a Procuring Entity.
(c) Prepare and distribute standard Documents to be used in connection with public Procurement.
(d) Prepare and submit to the Government an Annual Report of the previous financial year regarding the overall functioning of the public Procurement system, including recommendations on measures to be taken by the Government to revise and improve Procurement practices and other measures to enhance the quality of Procurement work.
(e) Deliver the Annual Report within the period specified in Schedule I from the beginning of the current financial year, which shall contain -
i. Statistics on Procurement undertaken during the year reporting the number and value of Contracts awarded, the methods of Procurement used and for each method, the type of Procurement undertaken (i.e. Goods, Works, or Services), and the nationality of the successful Supplier, Contractor or Consultant (i.e. Bangladesh or foreign national);
ii. A summary of Procurement Post Reviews carried out during the previous financial year by Procuring Entities and by the CPTU in accordance with Section 24 of the Act and Rule 45;
iii. Statistics on training and other capacity development activities;
iv. Summary of complaints filed and sent to the Review Panel and status of complaints; and
v. Other activities of the CPTU.
(f) For completion of each part of the Annual Report, it shall comply with the following durations -
i. Three (3) months for the completion of the statistical report;
ii. Five (5) months for the completion of the summary on Procurement Post Reviews;
iii. Three (3) months for processing statistics on staffing and training and professional development of officials and Persons engaged in Public Procurement; and
iv. Three (3) months for producing data on other CPTU activities.
(g) Request, receive and evaluate other information or records from Procuring Entities to the extent appropriate to its information needs;
(h) Develop a public Procurement website which shall be structured as follows -
i. Useful Documents which will provide the text of the Act, the Rules, procedures, the user guides and any new Document or instructions issued by the Government concerning public Procurement, and links to relevant international Treaties/Agreements/Regulations involving e.g. the World Trade Organization (WTO), World Bank (WB), Asian Development Bank (ADB), Asia Pacific Economic Co-operation (APEC) and Association of South-East Asian Nations (ASEAN);
ii. Public Procurement opportunities to which users should be able to gain easy access, advertisements of Annual Procurement Plans, Tender or Proposal notices and Contract award notices exceeding a threshold value determined by the Government for national and international Procurement opportunities; and
iii. The CPTU Website shall maintain information as follows -
a. Statistics, including the statistical report on Procurement conducted in Bangladesh; and
b. Technical standards, providing a list of technical standards for reference by Procuring Entities to help them define the product/Works/Services they intend to procure.
2. The CPTU shall publish concise bulletin relating to advertisements of Tenders or Proposals of values above the thresholds determined by the government on daily basis and bulletin relating to information on Procurement on quarterly basis.
3. Unless otherwise directed by its controlling authority, the CPTU shall not provide an opinion on any specific Procurement or Contract or get involved in any specific Procurement.
4. The CPTU's management information system shall track information on procurement performance and post it on the website.