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IMED displays e-GP, PMIS at Digital World 2017

10/12/2017 12:00 AM

Implementation Monitoring and Evaluation Division (IMED), Ministry of Planning, had a good display of electronic government procurement (e-GP) and project management information system (PMIS) at its stall at the annual ICT fair titled, “Digital World 2017” during December 6-9, 2017.

The stall of IMED was placed at the Carnival venue of Bangabandhu International Conference Center (BICC) at city’s Sher-e-Bangla Nagar. A large-scale live display of the e-GP system was arranged there.

Central Procurement Technical Unit of IMED is implementing e-GP in the country to digitize public procurement.

As many as 6000 visitors registered at the IMED stall who inquired about the e-GP system and other associated issues. A good number of e-GP users like tenderers and government procuring entities (PEs) also visited and CPTU experts replied to their queries. 

Digitization of public procurement is one of the priority agenda of the present government. The e-GP system was introduced in 2011. Until December 7, 2017, a total of 1177 procuring agencies out of 1300 were registered with e-GP system. Since introduction it has witnessed an exponential growth as both tenderers and procuring entities have accepted the online tendering gladly and quickly in the country.

The fair to show case digitization and innovation of various public services started on December 6, 2017 and concluded on December 9, 2017. It was open from 9:00am to 9:00 pm every day during the period. Central Procurement Technical Unit of IMED, Ministry of Planning, is implementing e-GP in Bangladesh with support from the World Bank.

Display of CPTU live mobile app at the stall attracted the visitors. Besides, the live data of e-GP were scrolled on a large digital panel.

The Project Management Information System (PMIS) developed by IMED was also displayed at the stall.

Takeaway materials like e-GP pen, IMED brochure and e-GP registration flyer were distributed to visitors who took interest in e-GP system. Until December 7, a total of 131654 tenders worth of a total amount of Tk120480 crore were invited through the e-GP system.

Secretary, IMED, Md Mofizul Islam, Director General of CPTU Md Faruque Hossain and other officials stayed for some time at the stall on December 6, 2017. They also attended visitors. A selected number of staff members of IMED and CPTU attended the stall in shifts to explain e-GP, PMIS etc to visitors.  

The ICT Division conducted the annual digital fair as part of the government vision to build a Digital Bangladesh by 2021.

e-GP draws attention at IMED stall in Digital World 2017

07/12/2017 12:00 AM

The electronic government procurement (e-GP) system being displayed at the ongoing annual ICT fair titled, “Digital World 2017” has drawn attention of visitors.

The stall of Implementation Monitoring and Evaluation Division (IMED) is located at the Carnival venue of Bangabandhu International Conference Center (BICC) at city’s Sher-e-Bangla Nagar. A large-scale live display of the e-GP system has been arranged there.

Digitization of public procurement is one of the priority agenda of the present government. The e-GP system was introduced in 2011. Until December 7, 2017, a total of 1177 procuring agencies out of 1300 were registered with e-GP system. Since introduction it has witnessed an exponential growth as both tenderers and procuring entities have accepted the online tendering gladly and quickly in the country.

The fair to show case digitization and innovation of various public services started on December 6, 2017 and will conclude on December 9, 2017. It is open from 9:00am to 9:00 pm every day during the period. Central Procurement Technical Unit of IMED, Ministry of Planning, is implementing e-GP in Bangladesh with support from the World Bank.

Display of CPTU live mobile app at the stall has attracted the visitors. Besides, the live data of e-GP are also being scrolled on a large digital panel.

The Project Management Information System (PMIS) developed by IMED is also displayed at the stall.

Takeaway materials like e-GP pen, IMED brochure and e-GP registration flyer are also distributed to visitors who are taking interest in e-GP system. Until December 7, a total of 131654 tenders worth of a total amount of Tk120480 crore were invited through the e-GP system.

Secretary, IMED, Md Mofizul Islam, Director General of CPTU Md Faruque Hossain and other officials stayed for some time at the stall on December 6, 2017. They also attended the visitors. A selected number of staff members of IMED and CPTU are attending the stall in shifts to explain e-GP, PMIS etc to visitors.   

The ICT Division has arranged the annual digital fair as part of the government vision to build a Digital Bangladesh by 2021.

South Asia Procurement Innovation Awards 2017

05/12/2017 12:00 AM

Like in the last year South Asia Procurement Innovation Awards 2017 have been launched.

South Asia Regional Public Procurement Network (SAPPN), the World Bank and Procurement iNET have launched the South Asia Procurement Innovation Awards 2017.

Case stories from Government and Public Sector Procurement organizations, entities, universities, research institutions, NGOs/CBOs etc. have been invited for the award.

For submitting case stories the site https://www.procurementinet.org/sapia/index.php can be visited.

The Case stories have to be made online at https://www.procurementinet.org/sapia/index.php latest by 31st December 2017. The South Asia Procurement Innovation Award (SAPIA) 2017 will see bigger and better prizes than SAPIA 2016. This year, in addition to the eight country awards to be won, there will also be an opportunity to win two regional winners, making it a bigger platform to showcase the innovative practices demonstrated in the public procurement arena.

The country winner will get the opportunity of participating in the South Asia Regional Procurement Conference 2018, Delhi, India while the Regional winner will have the opportunity to participate in the eighth International Public Procurement Conference, Tanzania 2018. The winning cases will receive individual trophies and case studies will be published.

Sri Lankan procurement team lauds e-GP system at CPTU

23/11/2017 12:00 AM

A three-member delegation of the National Procurement Commission of Sri Lanka that paid a four-day visit to Dhaka from 20 November to 23 November 2017 appreciated public procurement environment and electronic government procurement system of Bangladesh.

The delegation headed by Dr. Palitha Ekanaiyake, Member, NPC had a series of meetings with Central Procurement Technical Unit of Implementation Monitoring and Evaluation Division, Ministry of Planning, at CPTU Conference Room on November 21-22, 2017. Two other members of the team are M. Vamadevan, Member, NPC and W. A. de Alwis, Director, Procurement Investigation of NPC.



Md Mofizul Islam, Secretary, IMED, chaired the first day meeting. Director General of CPTU and Additional Secretary Md Faruque Hossain made a presentation on the general overview of public procurement reform in Bangladesh while Senior System Analyst Md Mosharraf Hussain presented overview of e-GP. Director (Coordination and Training) Shish Haider Chowdhury, who conducted the meeting, made a presentation on current and future initiatives of CPTU concerning projects. The CPTU is now implementing Digitizing Implementation Monitoring and Public Procurement Project (DIMAPPP) with support from World Bank.

The objective of the visit of Sri Lankan delegation is to gain knowledge and experiences on public procurement reform and e-GP implementation in Bangladesh in order to improve Sri Lankan public procurement system. The CPTU of IMED, Ministry of Planning, is implementing e-GP in the country.

Lauding the comprehensive e-GP system at CPTU, the Sri Lankan team leader said that their Commission had been formed two years back to recast the existing procurement guidelines on public procurement and also to introduce e-GP in their country.

“We are facing challenges in addressing deviation from the guidelines and the government has asked us to formulate a new one to get it passed by our parliament,” said M. Vamadevan, Member, NPC.
“We see that legal framework of your public procurement and e-GP is very comprehensive and the implementation status is much advance,” he added.

The IMED Secretary said, “In all aspects of e-GP implementation, Bangladesh is in a leading position in South Asia and beyond.”

He said through such exchange of visit both the countries will benefit in taking forward the agenda of digitization of public service delivery. He offered the best possible cooperation of his Division to the Sri Lankan delegation in getting their agenda accomplished.

The Sri Lankan team expressed the view that they would be very happy if a team from CPTU visits Sri Lanka and help them streamline their procurement system.

On the second day, there were presentations by Asad Ibne Moin, Senior Security Assurance Consultant of CPTU on security aspects of e-GP and Nazmul Islam Bhuiyan, Deputy Team Leader, O & M Consultant on the practical usability aspects of e-procurement.

The delegation on November 22, 2017 visited LGED to share public procurement practices and e-GP implementation at the agency level. They also met World Bank procurement officials of World Bank Bangladesh.

Earlier, procurement delegations from Uganda, Zambia, Nepal, Afghanistan and Bhutan have visited the e-GP system of Bangladesh to acquire experiences in order to develop their own system.
The e-GP system has earned confidence of procuring entities and tenderers in Bangladesh. It has seen exponential growth since its launching in 2011. The Prime Minister opened the e-GP national portal on 2 June 2011. Then after preparatory exercise, testing and piloting it was rolled out in four agencies in 2012.

There are more than 1300 procuring agencies in the country and until 19 November 1167 of those were registered in the system. In June 2012, the number of registered tenderers was only 295 which was 40 thousand up to November 21, 2017. In June 2012, the total number of tenders invited through e-GP was 14 and the total value was 24 crore. Now the number of tenders invited through e-GP is about 126 thousand and the value is more than 145 million US dollars.

There have been substantial changes in performance after implementation of e-GP which is now more than 40 per cent of total public procurement in the country.

In 2007 about 15 per cent of the contract awards used to be made public whereas in e-GP system 100 per cent of the contracts are published on e-GP website. About 70 per cent of the tender notices were published in 2007 and in 2017 it is 100 per cent in e-GP. In 2007, only 10 per cent of contract award decisions were made within the initial tender validity period and in e-GP it stood at 99.5 per cent in 2016.

First implementation support mission of DIMAPPP concludes

15/11/2017 12:00 AM

The first implementation support mission of Digitizing Implementation Monitoring and Public Procurement Project (DIMAPPP) was held between November 5 and November 10, 2017.

Secretary, Implementation Monitoring and Evaluation Division (IMED) Md Mofizul Islam inaugurated the meeting of the mission on November 5, 2017. It concluded on November 12, 2017 at the Conference Room of CPTU.

Director General of CPTU and Additional Secretary Md. Faruque Hossain, and Task Team Leader of DIMAPPP Dr. Zafrul Islam (Lead Procurement Specialist of World Bank) were also present on both the occasions. The CPTU is implementing DIMAPPP with the support of the World Bank.

Director (Coordination and Training) of CPTU Shish Haider Chowdhury conducted all sessions of the meetings. Members of the World Bank mission team, officers of IMED/ CPTU, focal persons of DIMAPPP from 32 selected public sector organizations attended the meetings.


The WB mission team during the period met separately with IMED, LGED and DFID officials regarding smooth implementation of the new project.

The project has four components and these are: Restructuring CPTU and Institutionalizing e-GP, Enhancing Digitization of Public Procurement, Professionalization of Procurement and Citizen Engagement (CE), and Digitizing Project Implementation Monitoring.

Four directors of CPTU and IMED are assigned separately for the four components. The main objective of the project is to improve overall public procurement management in the country.
At the wrap-up of the DIMAPPP mission, a draft Aide Memoire was shared with all concerned. An action plan for next six months was agreed with CPTU and implementing partners upon a detailed discussion on the components. The next mission is expected to be held in May 2018.

CPTU signs MoU with LGED on LGIs’ e-GP implementation

01/11/2017 12:00 AM

The Central Procurement Technical Unit (CPTU) signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Local Government Engineering Department (LGED) during the launching programme of Digitizing Implementation Monitoring and Public Procurement Project (DIMAPPP) at Radisson Blu Dhaka Water Garden on October 25, 2017.

MoU with LGED

Under the MoU, the LGED will provide various supports to a total of 888 local government institutions (LGIs) for implementation of e-GP. Such supports include in-depth supervision, capacity building of the LGIs etc.

MoU with LGED

Among the LGIs the number of upazilas is 491, district councils 61, municipalities 327 and city corporations 9. However, three Chittagong Hill District Councils and two city corporations in Dhaka are not included in the list of those LGIs.

Of the four components of DIMAPPP the most important one is the Enhancing Digitization of Public Procurement. Under this component, among other activities, e-GP implementation capacity of upazilas, district councils, municipalities and city corporations will be enhanced. Besides, establishment of specific area-wise e-GP labs, providing hardware and software support and bringing those under in-depth supervision in terms of e-GP implementation are also planned in this component of DIMAPPP.

To fulfill the above objectives CPTU signed the MoU with the LGED. In presence of the Finance Minister A M A Muhith MP and the Planning Minister Mustafa Kamal FCA MP, the Director General of CPTU, Md Faruque Hossain, and Chief Enginneer of LGED Shyama Prosad Adhikari signed the MoU on behalf their respective organization.     

CPTU is implementing e-GP in Bangladesh with support from the World Bank.    

DIMAPPP gets a good start

26/10/2017 12:00 AM

The Digitizing Implementation Monitoring and Public Procurement Project (DIMAPPP) got off to a good start on October 25, 2017 with the Finance Minister Abul Maal Abdul Muhith MP as chief guest declaring its launch in a colourful ceremony in presence of dignified guests and about 250 participants representing the major stakeholders of public procurement.   

The Central Procurement Technical Unit (CPTU) of Implementation Monitoring and Evaluation Division (IMED), Ministry of Planning, organized the launching of DIMAPPP at Radisson Blu Dhaka Water Garden in the evening.

Finance Minister A M A Muhith speaking as chief guest at the launching of DIMAPPP at Radisson Blu Dhaka Water Garden on October 25, 2017.

With support from World Bank, the CPTU will implement the project having four components for five years (July 2017 to June 2022). The components are: Restructuring of CPTU and Institutionalizing e-GP, Enhancing Digitization of Public Procurement, Professionalization of Procurement and Citizen Engagement, and Digitizing Project Implementation Monitoring.

The main objective of the project is to improve overall public procurement management in the country.  

Planning Minister A H M Mustafa Kamal FCA MP chaired the programme. Secretary of Implementation Monitoring and Evaluation Division, Mr. Md Mofizul Islam, made the opening remarks.

Country Director, World Bank Bangladesh, Qimiao Fan, and Director, Governance Global Practice, World Bank Vinay Sharma also spoke as special guests. Director General of CPTU Md Faruque Hossain made a detailed presentation on the objective and components of the new project.

The Finance Minister also inaugurated the new website of CPTU. At the DIMAPPP launching programme a MoU was signed between CPTU and LGED. Under the MoU, LGED will take care of e-GP implementation by 888 local government institutions (LGIs).

CPTU is implementing e-GP to enhance transparency, accountability and competition in public procurement. There are 1300 government procuring agencies in the country. Up to October 25, 2017, a total of 1149 procuring agencies were connected to the e-GP system.  

Until October 25, 2017, the total number of tenders invited was 1,19,459 and the total value   was Tk1,11,015 crore. The total number of contract awarded   was 73,778 and their total value was Tk 54,291 crore.
Officials of government procuring agencies, representatives of development partners, business associations, members of the civil society and media attended the launching programme.

In his speech the Finance Minister expressed his satisfaction over the progress achieved in the process of public procurement in Bangladesh.

 "I personally feel that we're doing reasonably well in this area (public procurement). In public procurement, there should be competitiveness, there should be chance for everybody to participate in it and the process should be open and transparent," he said.

The Planning Minister mentioned that the aim of the present government is to make public procurement transparent so that there is no waste of public funds here and there.

 “We put all-out endeavor to make public procurement more effective and it has to be made transparent,” he added.

The Secretary, IME Division said effective implementation of any development project depends on efficient management and procurement. In this line, the IMED has planned to digitize its project monitoring system under the new DIMAPPP through CPTU.

In 2007 about 15 per cent of the contract awards used to be made public whereas in e-GP system 100 per cent of the contracts are published on e-GP website. About 70 per cent of the tender notices were published in 2007 and in 2017 it is 100 per cent in e-GP. In 2007, only 10 per cent of contract award decisions were made within the initial tender validity period and in e-GP it stood at 99.5 per cent in 2016, he mentioned.

After the opening remarks of the Secretary, the DG, CPTU explained the context, rationale, objective and every component of DIMAPPP in his presentation. He said, “We need to make public procurement sustainable to fulfill the concerned SDG goal.”   

The Country Director of World Bank, Bangladesh appreciated the government of Bangladesh for the progress it achieved in digitization of public procurement.

He said, “Bangladesh spends approximately over $10 billion annually on public procurement, comprising about 75% of its annual development programme. Therefore, only about 1% savings of waste in procurement can build over 2000 more primary schools or 1000 km additional rural roads.”

Director, Governance Global Practices, World Bank, observed that increased value-for-money with efficiency, transparency, and accountability in the expenditure of public resources are critical to sustainable development and the reduction of poverty.

“We are deeply encouraged to see that the government of Bangladesh has acted consistently and in a sustained manner since 2002 once the deficiencies of the procurement system were identified in the Country Procurement Assessment Report (CPAR),” he said.

“I understand the proposed DIMAPPP project will support key priority areas to bring the entire public procurement of the country under e-GP system and all national development projects will be monitored with on-line platform,” the director noted.

 

CPTU to launch “Digitizing Implementation Monitoring and Public Procurement Project” Oct 25, 2017

24/10/2017 12:00 AM

The Central Procurement Technical Unit (CPTU) of Implementation Monitoring and Evaluation Division, Ministry of Planning, is going to launch a  new project titled, “Digitizing Implementation Monitoring and Public Procurement Project (DIMAPPP)” at 6 pm on 25 October, 2017, Wednesday, at Radisson Blu Water Garden (Utshab Hall, Ground Level) in Dhaka.


The main objective of the project is to improve overall public procurement management in the country. The project has four components. These are: Restructuring CPTU and Institutionalizing e-GP, Enhancing Digitization of Public Procurement, Professionalization of Procurement and Citizen Engagement (CE), and Digitizing Project Implementation Monitoring.


The World Bank is giving support to the government of Bangladesh to implement the project. CPTU will implement the project for five years from July 2017 to June 2022.


Finance Minister Abul Maal Abdul Muhith MP has given consent to remain present as Chief Guest at the launching. Planning Minister A H M Mustafa Kamal FCA MP will chair the programme while State Minister, Ministry of Finance and Ministry of Planning Mr. MA Mannan MP will remain present as the Special Guest.
Country Director, World Bank Bangladesh, Mr. Qimiao Fan, and Director, Governance Global Practice, World Bank Mr. Vinay Sharma, will also remain present as Special Guests. Secretary of Implementation Monitoring and Evaluation Division, Mr. Md Mofizul Islam, will make Opening Remarks. Director General of CPTU Md Faruque Hossain will make a presentation on the objective and components of the new project.

CPTU is implementing e-GP to enhance transparency, accountability and competition in public procurement. There are 1300 government procuring agencies in the country. Up to October 24, 2017, a total of 1147 procuring agencies were connected to the e-GP system.

e-GP theme song gains popularity

01/08/2017 12:00 AM

A theme song produced by CPTU highlighting the process and features of electronic government procurement (e-GP) has gained much popularity among the stakeholders of public procurement and other audiences.

Renowned rhymer and story writer Md Faruque Hossain, who is Director General of CPTU, has provided the lyrics of the theme song. Young and talented singer Mahadi has sung it.

Bangladesh Centre for Communication Programs (BCCP) provided overall support in producing the music video.
The e-GP theme song has been played at the district-level e-GP Awareness Workshops, Government and Tenderers Forum and other training sessions. Besides, the melodious and meaningful song was telecast in leading private TV channels, Bangladesh Television (BTV), Bangladesh Betar and some private radio stations.

CPTU has also produced as many as eight success stories on various aspects of public procurement. A television commercial on the subject was also produced and telecast.

The e-GP theme song has its sub-title in English so that foreigners can understand its content and messages.
The very message conveyed to audiences is digitization of public procurement for ensuring greater transparent, accountability, efficiency and effectiveness. Achieving value for money is the essence of public procurement.

DG, CPTU to join procurement workshop in Thailand

11/07/2017 12:00 AM

The Director General of Central Procurement Technical Unit (CPTU) of Implementation Monitoring and Evaluation Division, Ministry of Planning, and Additional Secretary, Md Faruque Hossain, is going to attend a regional workshop titled, “Corruption Risk Management in Procurement: Experiences and Way Forward” in Bangkok, Thailand, on 12-14 July 2017. At the invitation of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, he left Dhaka on July 11, 2017 to attend the workshop jointly organized by the UNODC Regional Office for Southeast Asia and the Pacific, and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Bangkok Regional Hub. The workshop brings together senior level practitioners from public procurement bodies, anti-corruption authorities and national audit offices to gain insight into existing corruption risk assessment methodologies, share country experiences and discuss practical ways to strengthen integrity of procurement systems in South and Southeast Asia. A senior official of the office of the Comptroller and Auditor General (C &AG) and another from the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) are also supposed to join the conference. The CPTU is implementing electronic government procurement (e-GP) in Bangladesh with a view to removing corruption and all hassles in public procurement and make the process faster and more competitive. The DG, CPTU is expected to share reforms implemented in Bangladesh’s public procurement and steps taken to boost transparency and accountability in this important area of public expenditures. The e-GP system has gladly been accepted by tenderers and procuring entities in the country. It has substantially contributed to improvement in public procurement management and law order situation as well. Until July 11, 2017, about 1120 out of a total of 1300 procuring agencies were connected to e-GP system. The progress achieved in e-GP implementation has drawn appreciation from global community and put Bangladesh in a lead position among all South Asian Countries.

More details can be found http://www.observerbd.com/details.php?id=83676

Number of tenders in e-GP crosses one lakh

04/06/2017 12:00 AM

The number of tenders invited through e-GP system has crossed one lakh (0.1million) and the total estimated cost of such tenders has stood at TK87,647 crore On June 1, 2017, the number of tenders invited in e-GP was 100,031 since 2011 when the electronic government procurement was piloted in four large procuring agencies such as LGED, RHD, BWDB and BREB. On successful piloting, e-GP was rolled out to other agencies and until June 1, 1103 out of a total of 1300 procuring agencies got connected to e-GP system. The Central Procurement Technical Unit (CPTU) of IME Division, Ministry of Planning, is implementing e-GP under a government directive to digitize public procurement in the country. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina inaugurated the e-GP Portal (www.eprocure.gov.bd on June 2, 2011). e-GP Guideline was issued in 2011 under the Public Procurement Act 2006 and the Public Procurement Rules 2008. A 24/7 Help Desk is working at CPTU to support tenderers, procuring entities and banks about e-GP registration, any relevant queries and problems.

Maintenance work of e-GP System (Friday 2nd June 2017 9AM-1PM)

31/05/2017 12:00 AM

Maintenance work of e-GP System The electronic government procurement (e-GP) Portal (www.eprocure.gov.bd) will not be available from 9:00AM to 01:00PM on 02 June, 2017 (Friday) for maintenance work of e-GP System. The Central Procurement Technical Unit (CPTU) of Implementation Monitoring and Evaluation Division, Ministry of Planning, is implementing e-GP as part of a government directive to digitize public procurement in the country.

Reduction in service charges for e-GP payments underscored

25/05/2017 12:00 AM

Tenderers at a seminar in Sylhet on May 20, 2017 demanded that bank reduce service charges taken from them for receiving payments in e-GP system. They said that various rates of service charges at banks are still high and valuation of tender documents in e-GP system is inconsistent. The observations were made at a seminar titled “Role of Banks in e-GP” at DC Office Conference Room in Sylhet on May 20, 2017. The Central Procurement Technical Unit (CPTU) of Implementation Monitoring and Evaluation Division (IMED) organized the seminar as part of its programmes to raise awareness of stakeholders about operation of e-GP. CPTU is implementing e-GP under PPRP-II with support from World Bank. It has already established a high-powered data centre on its premises and at BCC to enhance capacity of the system. On May 20, 2017, about 85 participants from procuring entities, tenderers, banks and media attended the seminar. Secretary of IMED Md Mofizul Islam was present in the seminar as the chief guest while Director General of CPTU and Additional Secretary Md Faruque Hossain, Additional Commissioner of Sylhet Division Mrinal Kanti Dev, Additional Chief Engineer Md Ismail Hosssain attended it as special guests. DD, LG and DC in charge of Sylhet Devjit Singha chaired the seminar. CPTU conducted four such seminars in Dhaka, Khulna, Rajshahi and Sylhet with banks and other stakeholders. IMED Secretary said, “Our resources are limited and we must ensure proper utilization of people’s money in public procurement. We have about 1300 projects in ADP. If we can implement these properly our economic progress will increase. Our past experience about tender is not good. So we have transformed it into digital technology where banks have a big role.” He said, “We expect you will tell us your problems,” he told the bankers. “We will take note of those and act so that problems regarding e-GP operation are resolved and we can have a smooth system.” The Secretary sought cooperation of all banks in this regard. The issues raised by bankers, tenderers and procuring entities include problems relating to browser version, down loading pdf version, mention of BG validity, various rates of service charges and value of tender documents, delay in release of PS/TS , problems in releasing so many POs and PS/TS through separate entries with tender IDs etc. Director General of CPTU gave clarifications about all queries and he explained that the operation of e-GP requires both legal and IT knowledge. He said, “We have 24-hour help desk and all can seek help about e-GP from there.” The DG, CPTU requested all PEs not to set tender submission deadline at 10am as banks do not open by that time. He urged tenderers not to wait until the last day for submission of tenders.

45 banks now connected to e-GP

23/05/2017 12:00 AM

A total of 45 banks are now connected to electronic government procurement (e-GP) system. The Central Procurement Technical Unit (CPTU) of Implementation Monitoring and Evaluation Division (IMED), Ministry of Planning, is implementing e-GP in the country. The banks are connected to e-GP under MoUs signed with CPTU to receive fees from tenderers’ for registration, registration renewal and tender documents in the e-GP system. On May 18, 2017, CPTU signed a MoU with the NRB Global Bank. With the signing of the MoU the number of banks linked to e-GP stood at 45. About 3000 branches of such banks are providing services to tenderers across country. Secretary-in Charge of IME Division Md Mofizul Islam presided over the meeting organized by CPTU at its conference room on the occasion of the signing ceremony. Senior System Analyst Md Mosharraf Hussain anchored the programme and facilitated introduction of the participants. CPTU officers were present on the occasion. Deputy Managing Director of NRB Global Bank Kazi Mashiur Rahman Jayhad, Senior Executive Vice President & Manager Ataus Samad were present on the occasion. Director General of CPTU and Additional Secretary Md Faruque Hossain said at the beginning of the e-GP we had to pursue banks to join the system. Now banks are coming forward to join e-GP as they have found it a potential sector of doing business. Deputy Managing Director of NRB Global Bank said that this is a fourth generation bank. It has the policy of having branches on an equal basis in rural and urban areas. He sought cooperation of CPTU in the operation of services for e-GP. The IMED Secretary requested the bank to provide smooth services to tenderers. He laid emphasis on digital, easy, safe and transparent transactions of banks in the country. He said, “We have resource constraints and so we need to be careful about proper utilization money in public procurement.” Bangladesh now has an emerging economy and fiscal management needs to be prudent and transparent, he added. The DG, CPTU and the Deputy Managing Director of NRB Global Bank signed the MoU on behalf of their respective sides.

Format of sending Information for e-GP Registration by the Organizations

01/05/2017 12:00 AM

Due to enhancement and maintenance work, the e-GP site ( www.eprocure.gov.bd) will not be available from 7:00PM of Thursday August 10 to 9:00 AM of Sunday 13 August 2017

01/05/2017 12:00 AM

Due to enhancement and maintenance work, the e-GP site ( www.eprocure.gov.bd) will not be available from 7:00PM of Thursday August 10 to 9:00 AM of Sunday 13 August 2017 and service may be interrupted from time to time during 13-15 August 2017. The users are requested to take note of this unavoidable interruption.

IMED officers get orientation on e-GP

27/04/2017 12:00 AM

All officers of Implementation Monitoring and Evaluation (IME) Division got a two-day orientation on public procurement management and electronic government procurement (e-GP) from 10am to 4pm on April 25 and April 26, 2017 at its conference room. The objective of this orientation was to enhance capacity of the officers in carrying out their official tasks relating to public procurement management. The IMED arranged the orientation and its Central Procurement Technical Unit (CPTU) facilitated it with trainers and resources. The CPTU is implementing e-GP in the country with support from the World Bank under the Public Procurement Reform Project-II. AKM Badrul Majid, Additional Secretary, Administration of IMED, opened the two-day training on April 25, 2017. Md Mahmudul Huq, Joint Secretary, Administration, IMED, anchored the programme in presence of senior officials of IMED. Director General of CPTU and Additional Secretary Md Faruque Hossain conducted the first session of on day one on various aspects of public procurement including PPA-2006 and PPR-2008. Md Aknur Rahman, Deputy Director, CPTU, conducted another session on various steps of procurement process, implementation of PPA and PPR and other basic issues. Md Mosharraf Hossain, Senior System Analyst, CPTU made a presentation on registration of procuring agencies, procurement planning and processing in the e-GP system. On day two, AKM Fazlul Karim, Procurement Reform Implementation Adviser, CPTU, elaborated on different methods and their application in public procurement. Ajay Kumar Chakraborty, Deputy Director (Deputy Secretary), CPTU, explained complaints, appeal and debarment procedures and the JVCA issues in public procurement. Hasan Mahmud conducted a session on tender opening, evaluation, approval process and contract signing in e-GP system. The DG, CPTU and Joint Secretary, Admin of IMED, moderated the question- answer and concluding session on April 26, 2017.

20 thousand officers given training on public procurement management

04/04/2017 12:00 AM

About 20 thousand officers of various procuring agencies have received training on public procurement management since March 2008 until March 31, 2017. The capacity building efforts of CPTU included training of various durations for separate target groups. Such groups included policy level officials, senior, mid and entry-level civil servants, Planning and Administrative Cadres, municipalities, NBR, training for auditors, project managers, judicial staff, journalists, anti-corruption officials, Parliament Secretariat officers, business community, tenderers and consultants. The trainings are of three-week, five-day, three-day, two-day, one-day and half-day duration On behalf of CPTU the consulting firm Fineurop conducted 18 types of courses under the Component 1 of the Public Procurement Reform Project-II. On March 27, 2017, the Fineurop Support hosted a reception on the occasion of its completion of assignment as the capacity development and procurement training institutionalizing consultant. However, trainings are now also continuing at the ESCB that is being developed as a centre of excellence in public procurement. Secretary of IME Division Md Mofizul Islam, Director General of CPTU Md Faruque Hossain, Rector of ESCB Engineer Professor Abdul Hannan, Lead Procurement Specialist of World Bank Dr Zafrul Islam were present on the occasion. Managing Director of FINEUROP SUPPORT, Marco Sebastiani,Project Manager of FINEUROP SUPPORT, Carlotta Chialstri and Team Leader, Capacity Development Component of PPRP-II, Liam Heavin were also present on the occasion.

173 policy-level officials get orientation on public procurement

04/04/2017 12:00 AM

As part of enhancing knowledge and skills at the decision making level, a total of 173 officials ranging from additional secretaries to secretaries of various ministries and divisions got orientation on public procurement management until March 31, 2017. CPTU provided the orientation through FINEUROP SUPPORT in a total of seven courses under Component-I of PPRP-II supported by the World Bank. Director General of CPTU Md. Faruque Hossain moderated all the sessions, made presentations and gave clarifications to queries of senior government officials. The last and seventh such orientation was held at the Conference Room of the Ministry of Housing and Public Works on March 30, 2017 with its Secretary Md Shahid Ullah Khandaker in the chair. Secretary of IME Division Md Mofizul Islam was also present at the orientation. A total of 25 officials attended the orientation on the day. The venues where earlier sessions were conducted include Cabinet Division, Road Transport and Highways Division, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Local Government Division etc.

64 govt officers get orientation on e-GP at CPTU

21/03/2017 12:00 AM

As many as 64 officers of various government, semi-government and autonomous bodies got orientation on role of IME Division, CPTU, e-GP and e-tendering process at the Central Procurement Technical Unit (CPTU) on March 20, 2017. The officers were given the half-day orientation as part of their three-week training on public procurement management being conducted by National Academy for Planning and Development (NAPD). The NAPD three-week training began on March 5, 2017 and set to end on March 23, 2017. The NAPD arranged the e-GP orientation facilitated by CPTU at its conference room. Secretary in-Charge of IME Division Md Mofizul Islam opened the orientation. He also spoke about IMED role and activities. The Secretary stressed the importance of knowing the e-tendering process and sincerity of the government to bring all public procurement under e-GP system. Md. Helal Uddin, Director (Coordination) of CPTU, moderated the orientation. He welcomed the participants of the training course to CPTU and spoke about CPTU role and activities. Director General of Prime Minister’s Office Md. Khalilur Rahman, Director (Training) of NAPD Dr Md. Nuruzzaman and some other officials of IMED and CPTU were also present. Md. Mosharraf Hossain, System Analyst, Ashfakul Islam, Senior e-GP Consultant and Nazmul Islam Bhuiyan, Deputy Team Leader, e-GP Operation and Maintenance team, made presentations on e-GP system. Participants also raised questions about e-GP process. They gave answers and clarifications.

e-GP awareness workshops held in 64 districts

12/03/2017 12:00 AM

Workshops to strengthen awareness about public procurement and electronic government procurement (e-GP) system have been conducted in all 64 districts of Bangladesh. The 64th such workshop was held at LGED Conference Hall, Level-2 in Dhaka on February 26, 2017. Central Procurement Technical Unit (CPTU) of Implementation Monitoring and Evaluation Division (IMED), Ministry of Planning, conducted the 64 workshops facilitated by Bangladesh Centre for Communication Programs (BCCP). At the 64th workshop in Dhaka, Secretary in Charge of IMED, Md Mofizul Islam, was present as chief guest. Director General of CPTU Md Faruque Hossain gave clarifications and answers to queries of participants about e-GP and other public procurement issues. Dr Zafrul Islam, Lead Procurement Specialist of World Bank and Additional Chief Engineer of LGED Anwar Hossain were present as special guests. Additional Deputy Commissioner (General) of Dhaka Mojibur Rahman was in the chair. Tenderers, representatives of various government procuring agencies, media, civil society attended such workshops in every district.

Government-Contractors’ Forum formed in 64 districts

12/03/2017 12:00 AM

The Government-Contractors’ Forum (GCF) has been formed in all 64 districts of Bangladesh. The 64th Forum was formed and its meeting was held at Circuit House auditorium in Manikganj on March 4, 2017. Md. Mofizul Islam, Secretary in Charge of Implementation Monitoring and Evaluation Division (IMED), Ministry of Planning, was present at Manikganj GCF meeting as the chief guest. System Analyst of CPTU Md Mosharraf Hossain gave clarifications and answers to queries of participants about e-GP system in Manikganj. Central Procurement Technical Unit (CPTU) of IMED, Ministry of Planning, formed the 64 forums and conducted their meetings facilitated by Bangladesh Centre for Communication Programs (BCCP) The objective of the GCF is to create a bilateral platform of government procuring entities (PEs) and tenderers at local level so that they can sit face to face to remove any confusion through discussion about public procurement issues and electronic government procurement (e-GP) system. If something cannot be resolved in the GCF meeting they can seek assistance of CPTU. It is expected that the holding of dialogue under GCF between the major two groups will help implement contracts smoothly within the purview of the Public Procurement Act and Rules. Since the dialogues are expected to remove gaps in understanding each other’s needs, it will also help government maintain quality of public procurement. There will be mutual trust and confidence and both the groups will have equal importance and dignity in the process. The PEs and the tenderers are the main partners in GCF at district level. However, local journalist representatives and civil society can also join such meetings as observers. They were also present in the meetings. Primarily, a convening committee of either 13 members or 15 members has been selected unanimously in each of the districts. But all tenderers and PEs of a district can be members of the GCF. The GCF will sit at least once in two months. They will discuss issues stemming from the public procurement conducted by PEs in a particular district.

CPTU training on e-GP for tenderers in districts from February 12, 2017

25/01/2017 12:00 AM

As part of steps to build capacity of tenderers on electronic government procurement (e-GP) across country, the Central Procurement Technical Unit (CPTU) of Implementation Monitoring and Evaluation Division (IMED), Ministry of Planning, is going to start training for tenderers at the district level from February 12, 2017. On behalf of CPTU, the one-day e-GP training will be arranged and conducted by Dohatec New Media at the local labs of procuring agencies like LGED, RHD, BREB, BWDB, PWD, DPHE, BPDB and Education Engineering Department. The training will start from Thakurgaon district. A joint meeting between CPTU, representatives of the above agencies and Dohatec was held on January 24, 2017 in connection with the e-GP training for tenderers at local level in the conference room of CPTU with its Director General and Additional Secretary Md Faruque Hossain in the chair. Director (Coordination) and Joint Secretary Md Helal Uddin, Director (e-GP) Md Aziz Taher Khan, System Analyst Md Mosharraf Hossain and Assistant Maintenance Engineer of CPTU were present on the occasion. The Director (e-GP) informed the meeting that under the plan about 2000 tenderers covering representation from almost all districts would be provided the one-day training. The meeting resolved that the registered tenderers would be informed of the training through their e-mails and sms district–wise and they would contact the above agencies which would finally provide names of the trainees. The agencies will notify tenderers about the training through their website notices and press advertisements on this will also be published. It was decided in the meeting that the local labs of the procuring agencies will be used for the training and at least one resource person from the target agencies will be engaged in each training session. The Dohatec will arrange all logistics and resource persons on e-GP for the training and also venues in those districts where labs of procuring agencies are not available. The DG, CPTU said that CPTU may increase the number of the tenderers for this training which needs to be completed by May this year. He said more training for the larger section of tenderers are also in the plan of CPTU. The e-GP training will be provided under the auspices of the PPRP-II which has four target agencies---LGED, BREB, RHD and BWDB. Such agencies under the project and on their own have also provided e-GP training at their regional office labs and in Dhaka to a number of registered tenderers. CPTU has also provided e-GP training to procuring entities and it is now going on.

KOICA team exchanges views on e-GP with CPTU

18/01/2017 12:00 AM

A team of the Korean International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) visited the Central Procurement Technical Unit (CPTU) of IME Division, Ministry of Planning, to know about electronic government procurement (e-GP) system on January 16, 2017. The CPTU is implementing e-GP as part of the government vision for building a Digital Bangladesh. They exchanged views on e-GP with officials of CPTU with its Director (Coordination) and Joint Secretary Md. Helal Uddin in the chair. The KOICA team comprised Jaekyoung Son, the Head of Strategic Planning Division, Chief Consultant Yeonjin Kim and Senior Consultant Daeyoung Yoon. Director (Training and Rules) Md. Wahedun-Nabi Sarker, Training Coordinator KM Ali Newaz, System Analyst Md Mosharraf Hussain, Assistant Director Md.Shahadat Hossain Masud, Assistant Maintenance Engineer Sheikh Shariful Islam, Senior e-GP Consultant Ashfakul Islam, Security Assurance Consultant Asad Ibne Moin, System Administrator Mohammed Zumshedul Abedin Chowdhury and Communications Consultant Md. Shafiul Alam of CPTU were present during the meeting. The KOCIA is implementing a project for "Establishment of the e-Government Master Plan for Digital Bangladesh" for the ICT Division. The opinion-exchange meeting was part of its assessment of the prevailing policy and ICT environment in different ministries and agencies of the government of Bangladesh. Knowing more about ICT interfaces, inter-connectivity as well as related policies, rules and regulations, procedures and future plans was also on agenda. Mujibul Haque, Joint Secretary, ICT Division and Md. Zafurul Alam Khan, Senior Programmer of Bangladesh Computer Council, were also present during the meeting. The Director (Coordination) of CPTU welcomed the KOICA team and briefed about CPTU and its activities. The System Analyst made a presentation on the operation of the e-GP system and its progress. Senior e-GP Consultant and Security Assurance Consultant explained various features of e-GP and security aspects. The Communications Consultant touched upon how CPTU is popularizing e-GP through communications and engagement of various stakeholders including citizens in dialogues on public procurement issues. The KOICA team also inquired about training and capacity building of tenderers and procuring entities. The Director (Coordination) informed them of the steps CPTU has taken up in this regard. They mentioned that KOICA is keen on extending support to the inter-operability of the e-GP system and their e-Government Master Plan for Digital Bangladesh.

Format for organizations about sending info for e-GP registration

03/01/2017 12:00 AM

The Central Procurement Technical Unit (CPTU) of the Implementation Monitoring and Evaluation Division, Ministry of Planning, has posted a format on CPTU Website (www.cptu.gov.bd) for the procuring entities to provide information required for registering with the e-GP system. The organizations can download the format from http://www.cptu.gov.bd/StandardFormats.aspx. After filling up and signing they can send it to CPTU.

Planning Minister awards certificates to national procurement trainers

28/12/2016 12:00 AM

On December 21, 2016, Planning Minister A H M Mustafa Kamal FCA MP formally awarded certificates to 21 newly-enrolled national procurement trainers of the Central Procurement Technical Unit (CPTU) of IME Division, Ministry of Planning, at the NEC Auditorium on the Planning Commission campus. The Planning Minister was present as Chief Guest on the occasion of the certification ceremony. Operations Manager of World Bank Bangladesh Rajashree Paralker and the Manager, Sustainable Development Programme of ITC-ILO, Ralf Kruger, were present as Special Guests with Md Ziaul Islam, Member, Socio-Economic Infrastructure of the Planning Commission, in the chair. Director General of CPTU Md. Faruque Hossain delivered the address of welcome and made a detailed presentation on the overall progress on capacity building and professionalization in public procurement under the Public Procurement Reform Project-II (PPRP-II). After awarding certificates to the new national trainers the Planning Minister said, “Public procurement is a technical subject; it is complex too. Those who received certificates are the talents and resources of the country.” He expressed the hope that they would contribute to improving public procurement in Bangladesh. The 21 new national procurement trainers were finally selected through a screening and test jointly conducted by the CPTU and the International Training Centre of the International Labour Organization (ITC-ILO). With the new 21, the total number of national trainers on public procurement of CPTU has stood at 60. The CPTU has implemented reforms and digitization in public procurement under the Public Procurement Reform Project-II with support from the World Bank. It is also building capacity and creating professionalization in public procurement. In all, until December 4, 2016 CPTU imparted training to more than 18 thousand officers in public procurement. The capacity building and professionalization of procurement officers and training for private sector tenderers is now going on. The CPTU is also providing training to stakeholders on electronic government procurement (e-GP).

South Asia procurement innovation awards launched

23/11/2016 12:00 AM

South Asia Regional Public Procurement Network (SAPPN), with Asian Development Bank, The World Bank, and Procurement iNET, has launched South Asia Procurement Innovation Awards 2016-17. The key objective of the Awards is to enhance learning and knowledge sharing from innovative approaches adopted by procurement entities and systems across the region. Case stories under any of five categories by December 31, 2016 are invited from government and public sector procurement organizations, entities, universities, research institutions, NGOs/CBOs. The categories of the awards are market interactions and contributions leading to innovative procurement solutions; use of ICT for procurement management and useful management information; performance-focused procurement reforms and capacity development; innovative procurement and contract management solutions for challenging and fragile environments; citizen engagement in procurement management and oversight. Registration via online submission needs to be done by November 30, 2016 at www.procurementinet.org/southasiappinnovationaward

e-GP progress reviewed at PMO: Principal Secretary for expediting implementation

17/11/2016 12:00 AM

On November 17, 2016, Md. Abul Kalam Azad, Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister, asked the Central Procurement Technical Unit (CPTU) of Implementation Monitoring and Evaluation Division, Ministry of Planning, to expedite implementation of electronic government procurement (e-GP) for full digitization of the process in line with a Cabinet decision. The Principal Secretary gave the instruction at a review meeting held on the e-GP implementation progress in the Conference Room of the Prime Minister’s Office. The Cabinet had earlier decided to connect all procuring agencies with e-GP system by December 2016. The CPTU has been working in line with the government decision. Secretary of IME Division Farid Uddin Ahmed Chowdhury, Suraiya Begum ndc, Secretary of Prime Minister’s Office, SM Ashraful Islam, Executive Director, Bangladesh Computer Council, Sushanta Kumar Saha, Additional Secretary, ICT Division, Kabir Bin Anwar, Director General (Admin), PMO, Dr Zafrul Islam, Lead Procurement Specialist, World Bank Bangladesh, senior officials of PMO, CPTU and other ministries were present in the e-GP progress review meeting. Director General of CPTU and Additional Secretary Md Faruque Hossain made a presentation on the overall progress in implementation of e-GP. The DG, CPTU in his presentation mentioned that until November 15, 2016, a total of 651 out of 1233 procuring agencies joined the e-GP system. A total of 70,668 tenders worth Tk62,375 crore (TK623.75 billion) were invited through e-GP. A wider capacity data centre will be commissioned this month while registration of the rest of the procuring agencies are also going on, the DG, CPTU mentioned. The Principal Secretary asked the CPTU to expedite the process and also enhance visibility campaign for digitization of public procurement. The CPTU conducted 63 e-GP Awareness Workshops and meetings of Government-Contractors Forum (GCF) in 59 districts until November 15, 2016. Both the programmes will be held in all 64 districts of the country. A theme song which has been produced to promote e-GP was played in the meeting. A digital billboard to show case e-GP progress has also been installed near National Press Club in the city. The CPTU has produced an advertisement on e-GP which will be aired on television channels soon.

21 new national trainers added to CPTU Trainers’ Pool

07/11/2016 12:00 AM

The Central Procurement Technical Unit (CPTU) of Implementation Monitoring and Evaluation Division, Ministry of Planning, formally gave away letter of selection to 21 newly certified national trainers on public procurement at its conference room on November 6, 2016. With the latest addition, the total number of national certified trainers of CPTU on public procurement has now stood at 60. The new trainers were selected through a rigorous selection process conducted at CPTU by ITC-ILO Turin University some months back. The Director General of CPTU Md Faruque Hossain briefed the new national trainers on the occasion of giving away the letter of selection along with a code of conduct. Director (Coordination) Md. Helal Uddin, Director (Rules & Training) Wahedun- Nabi Sarker, Director (e-GP) Aziz Taher Khan and Training Coordinator K. M. Ali Newaz of CPTU were present during the briefing. The DG, CPTU said that this is a short briefing for the new trainers as they are now ready to conduct training on public procurement. “We are planning to provide them further orientation on various issues including modules, documents etc. in December 2016. Later, there will be orientation for them on e-GP,” he noted. Md Faruque Hossain said the trainers need to be aware of e-GP issues but the basis of public procurement is the law and rules. Therefore, they have to be conversant with the provisions of the Public Procurement Act-2006 and the Public Procurement Rules-2008. He said that the new trainers need to sharpen their skills and remain updated about national and international practices in the domain of public procurement. The trainers proposed a professional platform for the national trainers on public procurement and exchange of knowledge among themselves. The DG, CPTU said he would take such issues into consideration. The DG, CPTU further said that a few trainers are not active now. “We have decided to remove the name and photo of those remaining inactive for three years, from the CPTU website,” he mentioned.

IMED stall in Digital World 2016 draws attention of visitors

01/11/2016 12:00 AM

As many as 4418 visitors went round the stall set up by the Implementation Monitoring and Evaluation Division (IMED), Ministry of Planning, at the Digital World 2016 at International Convention City Bashundhara (ICCB) during 19-21 October 2016 in Dhaka. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina inaugurated the fair at 11:30 am on October 19, 2016. The digital fair concluded at 8pm on October 21, 2016. The stall number 31 in Hall-2 of IMED displayed its functions and activities digitally. Additional Secretary, Administration, IMED, A K M Badrul Majid, along with Director General of CPTU, Md Faruque Hossain, led and coordinated the preparation, arrangement and duties at the stall. Both of them also attended visitors at the stall. IMED and CPTU officials and staff members worked for briefing at the stall that drew attention of visitors. The visitors inquired about operation system of e-GP, e-tender and mobile app of CPTU. They also wanted to know about IMED functions and activities. A brochure about IMED and its functions were displayed and distributed among the visitors. After visiting the stall some private entrepreneurs called DG, CPTU on phone to know about e-GP and they also came to CPTU for detailed updates. Spot registration for tenderers in electronic government procurement (e-GP) system was also arranged at the stall by Central Procurement Technical Unit (CPTU), of IMED. The IMED website and e-GP website (www.eprocure.gov.bd), their operations and functions and public procurement mobile app introduced by CPTU were also displayed there for visitors. To help visitors understand all such issues, officers and staff of IMED and CPTU were present at the stall. The fair remained open every day from 10am to 8pm since its opening. Video documentaries on e-GP and the e-GP theme song were played through LED TV at the IMED stall. Bangladesh Centre for Communication Programs (BCCP) decorated and managed the stall on behalf of IMED. A signature book with comment options was kept there and visitors put their sign after visiting the stall beside another stall of the Ministry of Planning.

Payments in e-GP system Rationalization of bank service charges underscored

02/10/2016 12:00 AM

Date: 29 September, 2016 Service charges taken by various banks from tenderers for payments in electronic government procurement (e-GP) need rationalization as tenderers face problems at the district level when these rates vary significantly from bank to bank. Services of banks for e-GP also need expansion at local level. Such recommendations were made by tenderers, representatives of procuring agencies of government, and also from the senior executives of the banks at a seminar titled “Role of Banks in e-GP” organized by the Central Procurement Technical Unit (CPTU) of Implementation Monitoring and Evaluation (IME) Division, Ministry of Planning at NEC Auditorium in Dhaka on September 29, 2016. Other recommendations made by guests and participants include maintaining confidentiality of information about tenderers while they purchase tender schedule to participate in e-GP. The CPTU has MoUs with 42 banks in both public and private sectors for receiving payments in e-GP system from tenderers against tender schedule, tender security and performance- security/guarantee. About 2438 branches of the banks are providing payment services in e-GP across country. A H M Mustafa Kamal, Minister, Ministry of Planning, was present as Chief Guest in the seminar. M A Mannan, Honorable State Minister, Ministry of Finance and Ministry of Planning, was present as Special Guest while Shitangshu Kumar Sur Chowdhury, Deputy Governor, Bangladesh Bank and Mr. Qimiao Fan, Country Director, World Bank Bangladesh, were also present as Special Guests. As the highest receiver of payments in e-GP among public banks Mr. Mohammad Shams-Ul Islam, Managing Director, Agrani Bank Limited and as the highest receiver of payments in e-GP among private banks Muhammed Ali, Managing Director, United Commercial Bank Limited, (UCBL) attended the seminar as Guests. Farid Uddin Ahmed Chowdhury, Secretary, IME Division, Ministry of Planning, presided over the seminar. Director General of CPTU, Md Faruque Hossain, made the key-note presentation about the subject of the seminar. The Planning Minister said, “We have limited resources and we need to make its full utilization transparently and efficiently.” The government has introduced e-GP for reducing wasteful expenditures in public procurement, he added. Country director of World Bank assured all of its continued support to the government efforts to digitize public procurement. He said confidentiality in bank transactions in e-GP is a must. Deputy Governor of BB said service charges may be rationalized and requested all banks to look into the matter so that it does not become arbitrary and irrational. He said BB will do whatever necessary in this regard upon consultation. Secretary of the IME Division explained about CPTU steps to bring all procuring entities under e-GP and provide training to stakeholders. About 300 participants attended the seminar where representatives of various banks suggested a uniform rate of service charges for receiving payments in e-GP. Some of the participants also suggested a range between which banks can take service charges. CPTU will now compile all suggestions and place before the BB and the relevant authorities of the government.

CPTU Mobile App on public procurement launched

02/10/2016 12:00 AM

Minister of Planning A H M Mustafa Kamal FCA MP launched a Mobile Application on public procurement at a seminar titled “Role of Banks in e-GP” organized by the Central Procurement Technical Unit (CPTU) of Implementation Monitoring and Evaluation (IME) Division, Ministry of Planning at NEC Auditorium in Dhaka on September 29, 2016. The Mobile App is mainly for information purpose. Tender submission at this stage is not arranged. The App is available at http://cptu.gov.bd/mobapp.aspx or https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.cptu The Public Procurement Mobile App is a handy application for Android version of smart-phone users. The users can view online and offline tender notices with search options, list of awardees, various legal documents, important announcements, connect e-GP Help Desk and e-procure website. The CPTU has developed the Mobile App under the Public Procurement Reform Project-II supported by World Bank. On September 29, 2016 the Planning Minister A H M Mustafa Kamal FCA MP officially launched the App during the seminar after his inaugural speech as chief guest. M A Mannan, Honorable State Minister, Ministry of Finance and Ministry of Planning, was present as Special Guest while Shitangshu Kumar Sur Chowdhury, Deputy Governor, Bangladesh Bank and Mr. Qimiao Fan, Country Director, World Bank Bangladesh, were also present as Special Guests. Mohammad Shams-Ul Islam, Managing Director, Agrani Bank Limited and Muhammed Ali, Managing Director, United Commercial Bank Limited, (UCBL) attended the seminar as Guests. Farid Uddin Ahmed Chowdhury, Secretary, IME Division, Ministry of Planning, presided over the seminar. Director General of CPTU, Md Faruque Hossain, made the key-note presentation about the subject of the seminar.

Public procurement orientation for Parliament Secretariat officers begins

21/09/2016 12:00 AM

The first of five sessions on orientation about public procurement for officers of the Parliament Secretariat was held in the Oath Room of Parliament Building on September 20, 2016. About 30 officers of various sections of the Parliament Secretariat took part in the one-day orientation. Dr. Md. Abdur Rob Howlader, Senior Secretary, Parliament Secretariat, presided over the inaugural session while Farid Uddin Ahmed Chowdhury, Secretary, IME Division, was present as Special Guest. Dr. Zafrul Islam, Lead Procurement Specialist, World Bank, was also present on the occasion. Md. Faruque Hossain, Director General of CPTU, IMED, Ministry of Planning, conducted the orientation session. The Senior Secretary in his inaugural speech mentioned that procurement is in the heart of development and revenue budget of the country. Its relevance to Parliament is more important as officers provide support to various parliamentary standing committees which need to deal with large procurement of the government. Moreover, Parliament Secretariat itself has public procurement needs. He said this is a welcome step that the government has introduced e-GP. The Secretary of IMED said, “The reforms in public procurement started in 2002 and then in 2008 we targeted four large agencies under the PPRP-II for implementation of the reforms. The project has produced good results.” Now the public procurement is transformed into digital technology which is called e-GP, he noted. “On the one hand we are implementing e-GP and on the other we are enhancing capacity of the main actors. At the same time we are engaging other stakeholders in dialogues and examining possibility of citizen engagement in public procurement,” he added. Additional Secretary, Parliament Secretariat, Md. Nuruzzaman, in his welcome address said that in a total of five sessions about 150 officers will be oriented about the public procurement system and management. He expressed the hope that such orientation would help officers carry out relevant activities efficiently. Dr Zafrul Islam said, “Bangladesh is the only country in the world that has carried out reforms in its public procurement by borrowing money from the World Bank.” Therefore, he added, it indicates the seriousness of the government to ensure transparency and accountability in this important sector of public expenditures. William Liam Heavin, Team Leader of Fineurop, Consultant for the capacity development under the PPRP-II, said, “We have been coordinating and managing various training and orientation on public procurement under project being implemented by CPTU with support from the WB. In the orientation on public procurement, the DG, CPTU touched upon public procurement system and principles, committees, methods, advertisement, documents, approval process, delegation of financial power (DoFP) etc. The participants actively attended the session and interacted with the DG, CPTU on various issues. The DG, CPTU explained and gave clarifications on those.

PPSC members for easy access for citizens to info on procurement

08/09/2016 12:00 AM

Members of the Public-Private Stakeholders Committee (PPSC) have underscored the necessity for free flow of relevant information for the citizens. They expressed the view that there should be display of clear information in Bangla about the project, tenderer and its specification along with contact numbers at every site of projects executed by government agencies with public funds. If this is done, citizens of the concerned locality can also oversee the works and inform the authorities of any lapses. This will contribute to improvement in quality of public procurement. The members of PPSC expressed such views at its 10th meeting organized by the Central Procurement Technical Unit (CPTU) of IME Division, Ministry of Planning and facilitated by BIGD at NEC Conference Room on August 28, 2016 with Planning Minister AHM Mustafa Kamal in the chair. Director General of CPTU and Member- Secretary Md Faruque Hossain moderated the meeting. Secretary of IME Division Farid Uddin Ahmed Chowdhury, Secretary of LGD Abdul Malek, Lead Procurement Specialist of World Bank Dr Zafrul Islam were present and spoke in details about citizen engagement at the meeting of the 43-member PPSC having representatives from the government procuring agencies, business community, institutions/ think-tanks, media and civil society. Some of the members raised the issue of considering legal provision for citizen engagement in the process of public procurement while most of them strongly advocated for third-party monitoring at the grassroots for greater transparency and accountability. The PPSC chair and Planning Minister said, “We must utilize our limited resources to turn Bangladesh into a developed country by 2040 as the target set by our government and for this there should not be any waste in public procurement. He further said that relevant documents of public procurement should be in Bangla and project director must be present at the site. The concerned agency should display all public information including the specifications in Bangla at the site so that citizen can also see and give their feedback about the quality of the works. Dr Mirza Hassan of BIGD made a presentation about findings of the piloting of citizen engagement in public procurement at the implementation stage in four upazillas of two districts- Rangpur and Sirajganj. He said that while doing monitoring by local citizen groups, BIGD also experimented monitoring by site-specific committees in the areas and that too worked well. Dr Zafrul Islam of WB said that for citizen engagement existing legal framework would do and there is no problem if procurement documents are in Bangla. However, projects funded by DPs can also have English versions. The chair said that more meetings about citizen engagement need to be held to make recommendations to the government.

Orientation on public procurement management seen vital for policy makers

16/08/2016 12:00 AM

Policy makers need to have clear idea about the process of public procurement because they are involved in decision making in development activities of the government. The Cabinet Secretary, Mohammad Shafiul Alam, made the observation while opening a half-day orientation on public procurement management at the Conference Room of the Cabinet Division in the Bangladesh Secretariat on August 11, 2016, Thursday. The Cabinet Secretary underscored the need for knowing the procurement process as ensuring value for money requires efficiency, economy, competition, transparency and accountability in public procurement. A total of 22 high officials of various ministries and divisions attended the orientation organized by the Central Procurement Technical Unit (CPTU) of IMED, Ministry of Planning, in cooperation with the Fineurop, a consulting firm, and the Cabinet Division. Secretaries who were also present on the occasion are Farid Uddin Ahmed Chowdhury of IMED, Monowar Islam of the Power Division and Md Sohrab Hossain of the Ministry of Education. All other officials who attended the orientation are in the rank of Additional Secretary. The IMED Secretary said public procurement is done with public money. So citizens also have the right to know about the quality of procurement. Mentioning the need for citizen engagement in public procurement he said it is being examined by CPTU now. He sought cooperation of all policy makers in the smooth implementation of electronic government procurement (e-GP) in the country. The Secretary said IMED has introduced Project Monitoring Information System (PMIS) for digital reporting on implementation status. He also requested all concerned to have training on PMIS and make it a success. Director General of CPTU Md Faruque Hossain conducted the orientation session on public procurement management. His presentation covered the issues rule of law, good governance in public procurement, sustainable procurement, rights of government procuring entities, eligibility of tenderers, qualification, responsiveness, market comparable prices etc. Participants raised various questions and the DG, CPTU clarified those in light of the Public Procurement Act and Rules. Earlier another similar orientation was conducted at IMED. In total about 90 such high officials will be given orientation on public procurement management under the Public Procurement Reform Project-II being implemented by CPTU. A total of 18 categories of training on public procurement are going on for various stakeholders under the project.

Citizen engagement in public procurement ‘will need legal provision’: Participants at Rangpur workshop demand making procurement specifications public during implementation

20/07/2016 12:00 AM

The Central Procurement Technical Unit (CPTU), a government regulatory unit of the Implementation Monitoring and Evaluation Division, Ministry of Planning, on July 19, 2016 heard discussions, interactions and gathered points, demands and recommendations about the issue of citizen engagement in public procurement. Director General of CPTU and Additional Secretary Md Faruque Hossain remained present all along with the participants of a workshop that brought together stakeholders from the government procuring entities, local administration, tenderers, media and civil society in northern Rangpur Division. The CPTU organized the workshop on finding ways to engage citizens in the process of public procurement under the Public Procurement Reform Project-II with management and technical cooperation of the BRAC Institute of Governance and Development (BIGD) at the Begum Rokeya auditorium in RDRS Rangpur. The CPTU is implementing PPRP-II with support from the World Bank. The DG, CPTU emphasized a good relationship between tenderers and procurement officers within the purview of legal provisions and specific contracts. “Both tenderers and procurement officers are equal in the process. Tenderers are the implementing partners. All are responsible for their works they do,” he observed. Citizens also have the right to know how and where their money is spent. So, if all groups work with a sense of responsibility and professional ethics, citizen engagement can bring good results, he said. “The audience that gathered here represent the stakeholders well as I see in Rangpur as the DC and I expect constructive suggestions about the subject today,” said Rahat Anwar, the Deputy Commissioner of Rangpur in his inaugural address at the workshop. About 90 participants attended it from 10am to 2:45pm. The inauguration over, participants split into groups and worked on the questions provided to them for their discussions and making recommendations. Pervez, one of the tenderers, vehemently opposed the idea of forming citizens committee to monitor implementation of public procurement, saying such bodies will disturb project implementation. Others who spoke, however, disagreed and they suggested checks and balances for such citizens committees. Most of them observed that without a legal framework formation and functioning of the committees would not work well. At the same time disclosure and display of relevant information about each of the projects at the site will enable citizens know what are in the specifications and what are being done in the field. They said citizens committee must be a responsible group and they need to be trained for knowledge and idea about what they are supposed to monitor. It was commonly observed that citizen engagement cannot happen in all stages of procurement. It may be effective at implementation stage with careful selection of site and work-specific committees having required expertise, knowledge and good social reputation. The BIGD under PPRP-II is piloting citizen engagement in four upazillas of Rangpur and Sirajganj districts. With the workshop done in Rangpur, a total of four such workshops were held in four divisions. It has prepared a strategy for monitoring by citizen committees in pilot areas. The recommendations of the divisional workshops will be shared at a national seminar in November. Finally, those will be placed for government’s consideration through the high-level Public-Private Stakeholders Committee (PPSC). The Planning Minister is leading the 43-member PPSC.

24/7 e-GP Help Desk at CPTU enhanced

14/07/2016 12:00 AM

A dedicated 24-hour seven days help desk has been functioning at the Central Procurement Technical Unit (CPTU) of IMED, Ministry of Planning, for the smooth conduct of electronic government procurement (e-GP) in the country. The e-GP Help Desk (helpdesk@eprocure.gov.bd), having a hunting number of +8809609 112233, is equipped with required resources and expertise. Recently, its capacity has been enhanced with more resources to cope with the growing number of registered and non-registered tenderers and procuring entities seeking support from various parts of the country. Tenderers or PEs who are yet to register also want to know from the Help Desk about the process of registration and operation in e-GP. Those who are registered make queries to the Help Desk if they face any difficulty and problems while processing or participating in e-GP tenders. The Help Desk members provide instant info, solutions and advices to them. However, if the queries are about specific explanations of any section of the Public Procurement Act or Rules, the help seekers are requested to refer it to CPTU authorities. The government has decided to connect all procuring entities with e-GP system (www.eprocure.gov.bd) by December 2016. The CPTU has taken up an action plan to implement the decision. The number of PEs and tenderers registering with the system is increasing day by day. The Help Desk is working non-stop 24 hours every-day to provide e-GP related information and solutions as and when the PEs and tenderers make queries on phone, email and mobile and hunting numbers.

Need based training for IMED officials on procurement of goods, works and services

06/06/2016 12:00 AM

The Implementation Monitoring and Evaluation Division (IMED) of the Ministry of Planning arranged a brief and need based training for its officials on the procurement of goods, works and services on June 5, 2016 (Sunday). The Central Procurement Technical Unit (CPTU) under IMED conducted the half-day training in its conference room. A total of 13 officials of IMED including four joint secretaries participated in the training. Additional Secretary and Director General of CPTU Md Faruque Hosssain and Deputy Director (e-GP) Md Nasimur Rahman Sharif provided training to the officials in two consecutive sessions. KM Ali Newaz, Training Coordinator of CPTU, coordinated the training. The DG, CPTU in his session dwelt on history and reforms in public procurement in the country, constitutional and international obligations and obligation to citizens regarding public procurement, its principles and establishment of sustainable procurement. He also dealt at length with rights of the procuring entities in the process of public procurement. Nasimur Rahman Sharif touched upon delegation of financial power, standard tender documents, sources of procurement budget, annual procurement plan, methods and committees in procurement of goods, works and services, approving authorities etc. Ashfakul Islam, Senior e-GP Consultant, made a presentation on the e-GP system in the training. The officials took interest in the training and interacted with the trainers on various aspects of public procurement. Such need based training for more officials of IMED is likely to be organized later.

CPTU signs contract for new wider-capacity Data Centre

01/06/2016 12:00 AM

As part of a government decision to introduce electronic government procurement (e-GP) across all procuring entities in the country by December 2016, the Central Procurement Technical Unit (CPTU) of Implementation Monitoring & Evaluation Division, Ministry of Planning, signed a contract on June 1, 2016 with a joint venture of the Thakral Information Systems Private Limited and the Shark Limited for supply, installation and commissioning of a New Data Centre and a Mirror Data Centre. The new wider-capacity Data Centre is expected to be established at the National Data Centre of the Bangladesh Computer Council (BCC) by September 2016. The mirror Data Centre will be set up at CPTU. The CPTU is implementing e-GP with support from the World Bank. Secretary of IMED Farid Uddin Ahmed Chowdhury, Additional Secretary and Director General Shefaul Alam of IMED, Additional Secretary and DG of CPTU Md Faruque Hossain, Lead Procurement Specialist of World Bank Dr Zafrul Islam, Chief Executive Officer of Thakral Information Systems Private Limited Basab Bagchi, FCA, and Manager Operation Md Riaj Uddin of the Shark Limited and CPTU, IMED officials were present on the occasion of signing of the contract at CPTU conference room. Through this Data centre the CPTU will bring all procuring entities under e-GP system. The joint venture of the Thakral Information Systems Private Limited, a Singapore-based IT firm and the Shark Limited, a local firm, that won the contract through a competitive tender will provide post-installation services for five years. The IMED Secretary said that the government wants quick implementation of e-GP in the country. He requested all concerned to achieve the target set for this. The DG, CPTU said, “Thakral has joined us through this contract to help the government achieve a national objective.” He expressed hope for a very good working relationship and said CPTU expects sincere delivery by the firm. Dr Zafrul Islam of WB expressed his satisfaction over signing of the contract. Up to June 1, 2016 a total of 21 thousand 729 tenderers registered with the e-GP (www.eprocure.gov.bd) system and the number of procuring entities registered with it till the date is 2443. There are about 25,000 (twenty-five thousand) procuring entities under 1233 agencies of the government. The approximate number of tenderers in the country is about one lakh 30 thousand.

e-GP digital billboard draws attention

22/05/2016 12:00 AM

A digital billboard on electronic government procurement (e-GP) installed by the Central Procurement Technical Unit (CPTU) of Implementation Monitoring and Evaluation Division, Ministry of Panning, in front of CIRDAP building in Dhaka has drawn attention of the people. Minister of Planning A H M Mustafa Kamal, FCA, MP, inaugurated the e-GP digital billboard at 1:30 pm on April 27, 2016. After opening the digital billboard, the Minister of Planning told the media that the government wants to digitize all its activities. “It is the time of digitization,” he observed. The billboard is digitally displaying until current month the total number of tenders invited and their total estimated value under e-GP system since its launching in 2011. The figures are updated every 15 days. About 54 thousand tenders with a total estimated cost of about Tk45 thousand crore were invited through e-GP system until May 22, 2016 since 2011. CPTU is implementing e-GP under a plan to connect all procuring entities to e-GP by December 2016. The billboard is installed as part of a country-wide social awareness campaign of CPTU. Director General of CPTU Md Faruque Hossain, officials of CPTU, IMED, Ministry of Planning, were present during the inauguration. The display of the e-GP digital billboard in such an important area of the capital city is drawing attention of the public, other stakeholders of public procurement including policymakers, which is expected to strengthen awareness and support for the electronic procurement system. Until May 22, 2016, about 227 out of about 1500 government procuring agencies are connected to e-GP portal (www.eprocure.gov.bd). The number of tenderers registered with e-GP on the date is 21,634.

Citizen engagement ‘can boost transparency in public procurement

04/05/2016 12:00 AM

Citizens from various groups made suggestions to include the provision for citizen engagement in relevant stage of public procurement process. They observed that the engagement would enhance quality and fulfill objective of spending public money on the government procurement of goods, works and services. Such suggestions and observations were made at a workshop titled “How to engage citizens in public procurement” organized by the Central Procurement Technical Unit (CPTU) of Implementation Monitoring and Evaluation Division, Ministry of Planning, at Agrabad Hotal in Chittagong city on April 28, 2016 (Thursday). BRAC Institute of Governance and Development (BIGD), the Social Accountability Consultant under PPRP-II being implemented by CPTU, managed and facilitated the workshop. The CPTU is implementing PPRP-II with support from World Bank. Farid Uddin Ahmed Chowdhury, Secretary, IMED was present as the chief guest while Abdul Mannan, Member, Socio-Economic Infrastructure Division of the Planning Commission, Dr. Zafrul Islam, Lead Procurement Specialist, World Bank, Dhaka, Aziz Taher Khan, Director (e-GP), CPTU, were present as the special guests with Daulatuzzaman Khan, Additional Deputy Commissioner, Chittagong, in the chair. Aziz Taher Khan gave welcome address on behalf of the CPTU, IMED. Dr. Mirza Hassan, Team Leader, Social Accountability and Chief Researcher of BIGD, made a presentation during the inaugural session on draft strategy for the piloting of Third-Party Monitoring (TPM) of public procurement in four upazillas of Sirajganj and Rangpur districts. Procurement officials of various government agencies, tenderers, media, civil society, business chambers and NGOs in Chittagong attended the one-day workshop where they made various suggestions about engaging citizens in public procurement process. The IMED Secretary during the inauguration said, “It is important to engage citizens in public procurement in order to enhance transparency in its process. The need and the benefits of public procurement both lie with the people.” The Planning Commission Member said, “We need to take care of public interest in the delivery of services for them. Whatever we do we need to follow rules and maintain diligence and accountability.” Dr Zafrul Islam said, “Bangladesh is progressing but more needs to be done”. He observed that if all become accountable to their own conscience, then the desired change will take place in the society. Professor Sikandar Khan of Chittagong appreciated the government initiative for involving people in development activities. He said, “This is very positive that the government has started realizing that development activities for the people need their involvement.” In the open floor discussion, participants exchanged views about e-GP, PPR and PPA etc. In working session they in three mixed groups prepared their recommendations for citizen engagement and presented before the audience. The Secretary concluded the workshop by saying that these would be presented in a national workshop in Dhaka later.

Planning Minister opens e-GP digital billboard

02/05/2016 12:00 AM

Minister of Planning A H M Mustafa Kamal, FCA, MP, inaugurated a digital billboard on electronic government procurement (e-GP) in the city at 1:30 pm on April 27, 2016, Wednesday. The Central Procurement Technical Unit (CPTU) of the Implementation Monitoring and Evaluation Division (IMED), Ministry of Planning, put the e-GP digital billboard on display near the National Press Club (Outside CIRDAP boundary). After opening the digital billboard, the Minister of Planning told the media that the government wants to digitize all its activities. “It is the time of digitization,” he observed. The billboard is digitally displaying until current month the total number of tenders invited and their total estimated value under e-GP system since its launching in 2011. Afterwards, the figures will be updated every month. More than 50 thousand tenders with a total estimated cost of about Tk43 thousand crore were invited through e-GP system until March 31, 2016 since 2011. CPTU is implementing e-GP under a plan to connect all procuring entities to e-GP by December 2016. The billboard is installed as part of a country-wide social awareness campaign of CPTU. Director General of CPTU Md Faruque Hossain and other officials of CPTU were present during the inauguration. The display of the e-GP digital billboard in such an important area of the capital city is expected to draw attention of the public, other stakeholders of public procurement including policymakers, which may lead to an increase in awareness and support for the electronic procurement system. Up to April 30, 2016 over 200 out of about 1233 government procuring agencies are connected to e-GP portal (www.eprocure.gov.bd). Further Contact:

Make tender documents readable to all; e-GP a self-compliant system: Awareness workshops in Ctg, C’Bazar told

22/03/2016 12:00 AM

Participants at a workshop on strengthening awareness and facilitating adoption of electronic government procurement (e-GP) across the government procuring entities and tenderers in Chittagong raised the demand for making all tender documents in the e-GP portal (www.eprocure.gov.bd) primarily readable to all. But those need the documents for business purposes require to follow the formal procedures laid out in the system. The Central Procurement Technical Unit (CPTU) conducted the one-day e-GP Awareness Workshop at the Circuit House auditorium in Chittagong on March 13, 2016. The next day a similar workshop was held at the DC Office Conference room in Cox’s Bazar as part of the CPTU campaign plan to hold such workshops in all 64 districts of the country. Representatives of the district-level procuring entities, tenderers, media, civil society, NGOs and banks attended the workshops managed and facilitated by the Bangladesh Centre for Communication Programs (BCCP), which is working as the Social Awareness Consultant of CPTU under PPRP-II. In both the workshops Secretary of the IMED Farid Uddin Ahmed Chowdhury, Director General of CPTU Md Faruque Hossain, Lead Procurement Specialist Dr Zafrul Islam and Procurement Consultant ANM Mustafizur Rahman of the World Bank were present. Additional Deputy Commissioner (Revenue) of Chittagong Illias Hossain and Deputy Commissioner of Cox’s Bazar Md Ali Hossain presided over the workshops respectively. In Cox’s Bazar, the workshop highlighted the aspect of self-compliance of the e-GP system. The CPTU is implementing e-GP in the country to ensure transparency, accountability and effectiveness in public procurement. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina inaugurated the national e-GP portal (www.eprocure.gov.bd) on June 2, 2011. The e-GP Guidelines were issued on January 25, 2011. In Chittagong workshop, IMED Secretary said, “Generally we are reluctant to accept new technology easily. The e-GP is a full chain of public procurement. Equipping PEs only will not do, the Tenderers also need to be well equipped about the technology.” In Cox’s Bazar workshop, he mentioned that the government has a social responsibility towards the people. From that responsibility it has taken up e-GP to deliver public services effectively and efficiently. The electronic procurement was first piloted in four target agencies under PPRP-II. These are Roads and Highways Department (RHD), Local Government Engineering Department (LGED), Bangladesh Water Development Board (BWDB) and Bangladesh Rural Electrification Board (BREB). Until March March 21, 2016, a total of 185 agencies under 37 ministries/divisions/agencies are conducting their procurement through e-GP. The number of procuring entities now operating e-GP stood at 2320 and that of registered tenderers is over 20519. About 2000 branches of 40 banks having MoUs with CPTU are now receiving e-GP registration and renewal fees and tender document fees across country. The government has taken up a plan to bring all types of public procurement under e-GP by December 2016.

Format for publishing off-line tenders on CPTU website

29/02/2016 12:00 AM

The format for publishing off-line tender notice on CPTU website is available under Standard Formats at " http://www.cptu.gov.bd/StandardFormats.aspx "As per the format in Excel Sheet, soft copy of the off-line tenders is advised to be sent to " tender@cptu.gov.bd "

CPTU conducts orientation for senior policy makers on public procurement management

25/02/2016 12:00 AM

The Central Procurement Technical Unit (CPTU) conducted an orientation session for policy makers on public procurement management at the Conference Room of the Implementation Monitoring and Evaluation Division, Ministry of Planning, on February 25, 2016. On behalf of CPTU the consulting firm Fineurop, engaged in capacity development and professionalization, facilitated the orientation as part of 18 categories of courses under the Component 1 of the Public Procurement Reform Project-II. Secretary of the IME Division Farid Uddin Ahmed Chowdhury inaugurated the orientation session. Team Leader of Fineurop Liam Heavin and Deputy Team leader Khwaja Ghulam Ahmed were also present. Director General of CPTU Md Faruque Hossain made a presentation on the overall aspects of public procurement before the senior policy makers of the government. A total of 19 senior officials, including four secretaries, from the Ministry of Food, Local Government Division, Cabinet Division, Planning Commission, Economic Relations Division, Ministry of Environment and Forest, Ministry of Housing and Public Works, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Road Transport and Highways Division, IMED, Ministry of Education took part in the half-day short course on public procurement management. In his remarks the IMED Secretary expressed the hope that such orientation for the policy making officials would be helpful for decision making in the areas of planning and processing of public procurement. He said the CPTU is now implementing e-GP in line with the government vision for building digital Bangladesh. World Bank is supporting the PPRP-II under which e-GP is being implemented.

Workshop in Khulna stresses importance of citizen engagement in public procurement

17/02/2016 12:00 AM

The Central Procurement Technical Unit (CPTU) of IME Division, Ministry of Planning, conducted a workshop at divisional level in Khulna on social accountability and citizen engagement in public procurement on February 11, 2016. The BRAC Institute of Governance and Development (BIGD) facilitated the workshop at City Inn Hotel as the Social Accountability consultant under the Public Procurement Reform Project-II supported by World Bank and being implemented by the CPTU. About 70 participants took part in the workshop and made recommendations about the need and ways for citizen engagement or third-party monitoring (TPM) of public procurement. The participants represented government procuring entities, tenderer community, civil society, media, local government institutions, academia and elected representatives of various tiers up to Parliament. Director General of CPTU Md Faruque Hossain delivered the welcome address, Lead Procurement Specialist of World Bank Dr Zafrul Islam spoke as special guest and Divisional Commissioner of Khulna Abdus Samad spoke as chief guest with Nazmul Ahsan, Deputy Commissioner of Khulna, in the chair. Khulna District Awami league President Harunur Rashid MP was present on the occasion. He elaborated on the necessity of openness, transparency and accountability in the delivery of public services. Lead researcher of BIGD and team leader of Social Accountability component of PPRP-II made a presentation on a plan to pilot TPM in four upazillas of Rangpur and Sirajganj districts. The participants were split into four groups. Each of the groups finalized their recommendations about TPM and presented those in the workshop. Some more similar workshops will be held at divisional level culminating into a national workshop in Dhaka. The BIGD is also facilitating meetings of Public-Private Stakeholders Committee (PPSC) on public procurement led by the Minister for Planning.

Citizen engagement in public procurement monitoring a need of the time: Ninth PPSC meeting held

07/02/2016 12:00 AM

04-02-2016 Members of the Public-Private Stakeholders’ Committee (PPSC) in its ninth meeting on February 4, 2016 observed that third –party monitoring (TPM) of public procurement is important and it is a need of the time. The Minister for Planning, A H M Mustafa Kamal, FCA, and chairperson of 43-member PPSC presided over the meeting at the NEC Conference Room, Planning Commission campus, in the capital city. Representatives of the public and private sectors including secretaries of various ministries/divisions, tenderers, business persons, academics, civil society and media participated in the PPSC meeting facilitated by the BRAC Institute of Governance and Development as the Social Accountability consultant under the PPRP-II. Lead Procurement Specialist of the World Bank in the PPSC Dr Zafrul Islam was also present as observer in the meeting. The Director General of CPTU and Member-Secretary of the PPSC, Md Faruque Hossain, moderated the meeting. He made the welcome speech and presented an overview of the previous PPSC meetings and decisions. He informed the meeting that BIGD would organize a total of six PPSC meetings. Secretary of the Planning Division Tariq Ul Islam and Secretary of the IMED Md Shahidullah Khandaker also spoke on the occasion. Team Leader of the Social Accountability Dr Mirza Hassan made a presentation on a draft strategy it prepared for the piloting of citizen engagement in public procurement. The PPSC members discussed about the strategy and laid emphasis on finding a constructive way to engage the citizen groups in the monitoring of public procurement. They said that the subject needs to be discussed further. The Minister said, “The government believes in the openness and transparency in the process of public procurement. The idea of engaging citizens as a third party as the watchdog is time-befitting and we are willing to do it. But we need to examine the pros and cons of it. The citizen groups also need to be made aware of the process of public procurement. We also need to develop their capacity.” The BIGD is going to pilot TPM on a sample basis in four Upazillas of Rangpur and Sirajganj districts. They have provided training to the partner NGOs and citizen committees for monitoring of some specific projects in Rangpur and Sirajganj districts. The PPSC has been formed with representatives from business community, think-tanks, and civil society organizations along with government officials, to institutionalize external monitoring and citizen engagement in different stages of public procurement.

PPSC meeting now on Feb 4, 2016

25/01/2016 12:00 AM

The ninth meeting of the Public-Private Stakeholders’ Committee (PPSC) on public procurement, which was earlier scheduled for January 7, 2016, will now be held on February 4, 2016. A H M Mustafa Kamal, Honourable Minister for Planning and Chairperson of the PPSC, is expected to open and preside over the meeting at 11am at the Conference room of the NEC on the Planning Commission campus. The 43-member PPSC has been formed with representatives from business community, think-tanks, and civil society organizations along with government officials, to institutionalize external monitoring and citizen engagement in different stages of public procurement. The BRAC Institute for Development and Governance (BIGD), working as the Social Accountability Consultant under the PPRP-II being implemented by the Central Procurement Technical Unit (CPTU) of IMED, Ministry of Planning, will organize and facilitate the meeting. The CPTU is implementing PPRP-II with support from the World Bank. The terms of reference of the PPSC include giving suggestions to the government in improving public procurement practices, including amendments to primary and secondary legislations, where necessary; providing policy inputs for best utilization of public funds and delivery of public services and providing recommendations to the government about engagement of private sector stakeholders (third parties) in processing and implementation of public procurement in order to ensure transparency and accountability.

PPSC meeting deferred, new date to be announced

28/12/2015 12:00 AM

The ninth meeting of the Public-Private Stakeholders Committee, which was scheduled for January 7, 2016, was deferred due to unavoidable circumstances. The new date for the PPSC meeting will be announced later. The meeting was scheduled to be held at the NEC Conference Room on the Planning Commission campus at Sher-e-Bangla Nagar in Dhaka. The PPSC has been formed with representatives from business community, think-tanks, and civil society organizations along with government officials, to institutionalize external monitoring and citizen engagement in different stages of public procurement. The BRAC Institute for Development and Governance (BIGD), working as the Social Accountability Consultant under the PPRP-II, will organize and facilitate the meeting. The CPTU is implementing PPRP-II with support from the World Bank under the auspices of the Public Procurement Reform Project-II (PPRP-II).

e-GP removes hassles in procurement process:Tenderers demand training, more awareness

30/12/2015 12:00 AM

December 20, 2015 The implementation of electronic government procurement (e-GP) has removed hassles in the process of public procurement. But the tenderers need training to effectively use the system and more awareness about it among all concerned is required. A workshop to raise awareness about e-GP held at the Conference Room in the office of the Deputy Commissioner of Comilla had such observations on December 20 (Sunday). Organized by the Central Procurement Technical Unit (CPTU) of the IME Division of the Ministry of Planning and facilitated by the Bangladesh Centre for Communication Programs (BCCP) the workshop brought together as many as 50 participants from various government procuring entities, tenderers, civil society and media in Comilla district. Secretary of the IME Division Md Shahid Ullah Khandaker, Director General of CPTU Md Faruque Hossain, Procurement Consultant of World Bank ANM Mustafizur Rahman, Deputy Commissioner of Comilla Hasanuzzaman Kollol, Additional Deputy Commissioner (General) Moniruzzaman Talukdar, ADC (education) Azizur Rahman and Deputy Director, Local Government (DDLG) AKM Mamunur Rashid spoke on the occasion. The Secretary of the IME Division said that the government is keen to bring all government procuring entities under e-GP by 2016. At the moment about 100 agencies of 25 ministries are now using the e-GP system that brought a great relief to procuring entities and tenderers from all kinds of hassles. DG, CPTU said as part of the vision for Digital Bangladesh CPTU is implementing e-GP with support from the WB. Until now about 20 per cent of country’s public procurement is operated through e-GP. “We are here to learn your problems with e-GP, build close relations with stakeholders and let citizens know about public procurement,” he noted. The Deputy Commissioner of Comilla said that the e-GP system removed all sorts of insecurity for both procuring entities and tenderers in connection with invitation and submission of tenders. He said public procurement is closely linked to the process of good governance. Representatives of Roads and Highways Department (RHD), Local Government and Engineering Department (LGED), Water Development Board (WDB), Rural Electrification Board, Public Works Department (PWD), Department of Public Health Engineering (DPHE), Comilla City Corporation and other government offices hailed e-GP and demanded creation of a database of tenderers to easily get proof of their certificates like turnover, experience and liquid asset. DG, CPTU replied that the process was underway in this connection. Tenderers present in the workshop appreciated e-GP and demanded training on e-GP for them. The DG informed them that training labs were being set up by LGED, RHD, REB and WDB, four target agencies under PPRP-II, to provide training to tenderers. A training video tool is also being developed for the purpose, he said. The Secretary mentioned facilities developed by Dohatec for providing training to tenderers and procuring entities. Mustafizur Rahman replied to the queries of tenderers and procuring entities about technical aspects of e-GP. He requested tenderers to maintain secrecy of their passwords used for registration in the e-GP system. Civil society and media representatives demanded civic engagement and disclosure of information about public procurement which can establish transparency and accountability in public expenditures.

CPTU conducts workshop on social engagement and messaging

24/11/2015 12:00 AM

November 21, 2015 The necessity of communicating benefits of reforms in public procurement, especially electronic government procurement (e-GP) is vital for improving governance and public service delivery in the procurement of goods, works and services across the government. Speakers at a workshop titled “Social engagement and messaging” made such observations. The Central Procurement Technical Unit (CPTU) of the Implementation Monitoring and Evaluation Division under the Ministry of Planning organized the workshop at a hotel in Srimongal, Sylhet on November 20-21, 2015 to validate and finalize drafts of various messages for print, electronic , online and social media about public procurement, e-GP etc. Facilitated by the Bangladesh Centre for Communication Programs (BCCP), the workshop brought together about 30 representatives from government procuring entities, tenderers, civil society and media personalities and officials of the CPTU and the World Bank. Director General of CPTU Md Faruque Hossain inaugurated the workshop, while Lead Procurement Specialist of the World Bank Dr Zafrul Islam spoke at the inaugural session of the two-day workshop as special guest. Yasmin Khan, Team Leader of Social Awareness Campaign under the Public Procurement Reform Project-II supported by the World Bank, Deputy Team Leader Khadiza Bilkis, and Meher Afroze moderated various sessions of the workshop on the first day. DG, CPTU Faruk Hossain said, “We will disseminate the message through various channels of communications. The messages should be made communicative so that tenderers and other stakeholders can understand these easily.” The effective messages about electronic government procurement (e-GP) should be given to all, he added. Underlining the need for properly designing messages and tools of communications for yielding better benefits of government procurement reforms, Dr Zafrul Islam said, “This is very urgent to make the stakeholders - tenderers and other parties - understand how the reforms have been made to ensure transparency in public procurement and also how it benefit all concerned through effective development efforts.”

DG, CPTU new chair of SAPPN

04/11/2015 12:00 AM

Third S Asia Regional Public Procurement Conference ends with Dhaka Action Plan The Third South Asia Regional Public Procurement Conference 2015 that began in Dhaka on November 1, 2015 ended on November 3, 2015 with the eight participating countries adopting a Dhaka Action Plan that proposed a set of recommendations to make their procurement performance sustainable. The Central Procurement Technical Unit (CPTU) of Implementation Monitoring and Evaluation Division under the Ministry of Planning hosted the conference at Westin Hotel in Dhaka from November 1 to November 3, 2015. The World Bank and the Asian Development Bank co-hosted the annual assemblage under the theme “Innovation for sustainable procurement performance.” Director General of CPTU Md. Faruque Hossain took over as the new Chair of the South Asia Regional Public Procurement Network (SAPPN) in the conference from Nazrat Bashir, Managing Director of Federal Public Procurement Regulatory Authority of Pakistan. In various technical sessions the procurement heads of the South Asian countries including Bangladesh discussed and exchanged knowledge and experiences on sound public procurement performance, procurement workforce and professionalization – essential performance elements, electronic-Government Procurement (e-GP), framework agreements, open data/contracting, strategic procurement for improved performance and performance measurement. The recommendations include identification of resources for establishing a National Institute for Public Procurement in all South Asian countries, development of a framework and tool kit for certification/accreditation of procurement professionals, establishment of MoUs with other international/regional networks for knowledge exchange, piloting procurement performance measurement system, development of a basic set of key performance indicators to measure procurement performance in a common sector like transport of all South Asian countries with possibility of third- party monitoring, incorporating provision of framework agreement in e-GP, facilitating internet access at rural areas and enhancing South Asia Public Procurement Network website into a dynamic portal for information, networking, education and transaction facilitation in South Asia. On November 1, 2015, AHM Mustafa Kamal, Minister for Planning, inaugurate the conference as Chief Guest. Finance Minister AMA Muhith wrapped up the three-day conference. Mohammad Mejbahuddin, Senior Secretary, Economic Relations Division, Secretary of IMED Md. Shahid Ullah Khandaker, Practice Manager, Governance Global Practice for South Asia of World Bank Felipe Goya, Country Director of the Asian Development Bank Kazuhiko Higuchi and Acting Head of World Bank Bangladesh, Ms. Christine Kimes spoke on the occasion. The Finance Minister awarded certificates among the participants. In his concluding remarks the Finance Minister dwelt on the importance of public procurement in the economy of Bangladesh and other South Asian Countries. “Performance, innovation, transparency and best practices are very important in public procurement. At the same time Public procurement is important in functioning of the modern governments,” the Finance Minister observed. The Minister laid emphasis on public –private collaboration in this regard. He mentioned some of the recommendations of the conference and said the government would consider setting up of a public procurement institute. Muhith said the economy of Bangladesh has been stable and it was not affected by the global recession due to certain effective measures taken by the government. He said that Bangladesh is an example in reducing both poverty and inequality simultaneously. He expressed the hope that by 2018 Bangladesh would be able to eradicate extreme poverty and by 2030 the country would be totally free from poverty. He said Bangladesh has unified laws and rules for public procurement operation. The government is in a process to revise those soon to fulfill requirements of time and realities in the country. The Minister said Bangladesh is doing well in electronic government procurement (e-GP). It needs to improve further with more coverage. He observed that e-GP is an effective means to prevent corruption in public procurement. The main objective of the third conference was to provide a platform for the public procurement practitioners and stakeholders to share knowledge and experiences of good procurement practices with a view to continuously enhancing performance in the public procurement system. The fourth conference will be held in Sri Lanka. The second conference was held in Islamabad in 2014 and the first one in Nepal in 2011.

CPTU signs MoU with NRB Bank for e-GP payments

27/10/2015 12:00 AM

October 26, 2015 The Central Procurement Technical Unit (CPTU) of the Implementation Monitoring and Evaluation Division (IMED) under the Ministry of Planning on October 26, 2015 signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with NRB Bank to involve it in the electronic government procurement (e-GP) system to receive registration, renewal and tender document fees from tenderers for e-tendering. With the signing of the new MoU, the total number of banks, in both public and private sectors, involved in the e-GP system now stands at 40. The total number of branches of the banks facilitating payments for e-GP system until the date across country is more than 1700. The Secretary of the IME Division, Md Shahid Ullah Khandaker, presided over the signing ceremony at the Conference Room of the CPTU. Gopa Chowdhury, Additional Secretary, IMED, and Director General of CPTU, Md Faruque Hossain, senior officials of CPTU, IMED and the bank were present on the occasion. Deputy Managing Director of NRB Bank Zeeshan Hasib and the DG, CPTU signed the MoU on behalf of their respective sides. The Secretary of the IME Division in his speech welcomed the NRB Bank for joining the e-GP system. He said this would facilitate the bank in both serving the nation and doing business. He expressed the view that operationalisation of e-tendering has removed many hassles in the process of public procurement in the country. “By 2020 we have a plan to roll e-GP in all government procuring entities,” he said. The monitoring of the performance of procurement under e-GP is now also done digitally. There is e-GP helpdesk at CPTU for tenderers and procuring entities 24 hours a day and seven days a week, he added. The Secretary further said that the e-GP implementation is now being done under the auspices of the Public procurement Reform project (PPRP-II) supported by the World Bank. The CPTU is implementing the project and the e-tendering is growing in line with the government’s vision for Digital Bangladesh by 2021. At present, public procurement is conducted through e-GP by 98 agencies of 24 ministries of the government. The DG, CPTU said that the banks can perform the national objective of going digital by providing quick services to tenderers under e-GP system. He highlighted the features of the national e-GP portal (www.eprocure.gov.bd) and success of e-tendering under the PPRP-II. He said CPTU is enhancing capacity of tenderers in e-GP. The DG, CPTU observed that smooth and quick services from the banks would boost up confidence of tenderers in the system. The payment gateway of the Dutch Bangla Bank Ltd and BRAC Bank Ltd is integrated with the e-GP system to use credit and debit cards for payments.

Senior Secretary of MoPA visits CPTU: Exchanges views about e-GP implementation

28/09/2015 12:00 AM

Senior Secretary of MoPA visits CPTU: Exchanges views about e-GP implementation Senior Secretary of the Ministry of Public Administration (MoPA) Dr. Kamal Abdul Naser Chowdhury visited the Central Procurement Technical Unit (CPTU) of IME Division under the Ministry of Planning on September 27, 2015. This was the second such visit by a Secretary to the CPTU. On July 31, Cabinet Secretary Muhammad Musharraf Hossain Bhuiyan visited CPTU. The Senior Secretary of the MoPA exchanged views about implementation of electronic government procurement (e-GP) with officials of CPTU at its Conference Room. He said there have been very positive changes in government activities and the quality of delivering public services has improved. The Senior Secretary laid emphasis on effective utilization of knowledge and skills acquired from training and study tours at home and abroad. He underscored the importance of looking at the broad spectrum of operationalizing e-tender and e-GP in Bangladesh. In this connection he cited the hurdles still existing to field –level implementation stage of procurement. He suggested CPTU to look into all such aspects of public procurement vis-à-vis e-GP and think of a holistic approach for overall improvement in the sector that involves large expenditures of public funds. Secretary of the IME Division Md. Shahid Ullah Khandaker, Director General of CPTU Faruque Hossain and CPTU officials were present during the views-exchange meeting. The Senior Secretary is going to lead a nine-member team of the government to visit the electronic public procurement (e-PP) of Portugal from September 29 to October 3. The members of the e-GP study tour comprising representatives from CPTU, IMED, ERD, PMO, Cabinet Division, LGED and RHD were also present on the occasion. The IMED Secretary welcomed the Senior Secretary. He said, “The visit of such senior level policy makers to CPTU and IMED is a part of our strategy to involve and apprise them of the progress made in the process of e-GP implementation in line with the government vision for Digital Bangladesh by 2021”. He spoke about some of the steps taken by IMED regarding digitization. These include introduction of PMIS to monitor project implementation, connecting it to Parliament, e-filing at IMED and its collaboration with the Access to Information project of the government. The DG, CPTU made a presentation about the mandates, tasks and challenges for CPTU. He also touched upon the progress in e-GP implementation and future planning of CPTU. The DG, CPTU explained the rationale for choosing e-PP system of Portugal for the visit. The Senior Secretary later briefed the e-GP study team members about the visit to Portugal.

Orientation for journalists about public procurement begins

29/09/2015 12:00 AM

Orientation for journalists about public procurement begins A one-day orientation training for journalists about public procurement under the auspices of the Component 1 of the Public Procurement Reform Project-II, being implemented by Central Procurement Technical Unit (CPTU), began at the Press Institute of Bangladesh (PIB) on September 8, 2015, Tuesday. The objective of the orientation is to acquaint journalists with the process and procedures of public procurement issues so that they can have a better understanding on the subject to write accurate and objective reports with a view to supporting development goals of the government through raising awareness among the public. A total of 25 journalists from print, electronic and online media took part in the orientation covering Public Procurement Act 2006, Public Procurement Rules 2008 with their amendments, Public Procurement Ethics, e-GP, Procurement Methods, Process, Complaints and Appeals, Accountability etc. Twenty such one-day training sessions for 25 journalists in each batch will be conducted by the PIB with support from CPTU under the component one of the PPRP-II in eighteen-month period. The component deals with institutionalization and professionalization of capacity in public procurement. Under the Component One of the PPRP-II supported by World Bank a total of 18 types of training courses of various duration, have been designed for different stakeholders of public procurement. In the closing ceremony of the first orientation session for journalists Information Minister Hasanul Haque Inu was present as Chief Guest, Secretary of IME Division Md Shahid Ullah khandaker, Lead Procurement Specialist of WB Dr Zafrul Islam attended the programme as Special Guests. Director General of CPTU Faruque Hossain, DG of PIB Shah Alamgir, Team Leader of Procurement Capacity Development Team, were also present with Golam Sarwar, Chairman of PIB Trustee Board and Editor of Bangla daily Samakal, in the chair.

IME Division Secretary attends Kroi Sanglap Forum meeting at Sirajganj

29/09/2015 12:00 AM

IME Division Secretary attends Kroi Sanglap Forum meeting at Sirajganj Secretary of the Implementation Monitoring and Evaluation (IME) Division Md Shahid Ullah Khandaker attended a meeting of Government-Tenderers’ Forum (Kroi Sanglap Forum) at the auditorium of LGED in Sirajganj on August 29, 2015, Saturday. Director General of Central Procurement Technical Unit (CPTU) Faruque Hossain, Lead Procurement Specialist of World Bank, Bangladesh, Dr Zafrul Islam, Deputy Commissioner of Sirajganj district Md Billal Hossain, Procurement Consultant of WB ANM Mustafizur Rahman and Chief Executive Officer of Bangladesh Centre for Communication Programs (BCCP) Mohammad Shahjahan were also present on the occasion. The meeting of the Kroi Sanglap Forum, a bilateral platform of the district-level government procuring entities and tenderers, was organized by CPTU and facilitated by BCCP under the auspices of the Public Procurement Reform Project-II supported by WB. Representatives of four target agencies under the project-Local Government Engineering Department (LGED), Roads and Highways Department (RHD), Bangladesh Rural Electrification Board (BREB) and Bangladesh Water Development Board (BWDB)- and other government procuring entities in Sirajganj district numbering 30 were present on the occasion. About 30 tenderers attended the meeting. They interacted with each other about public procurement issues. Both the tenderers and members of procuring entities raised various issues relating to process, law and rules of public procurement and also electronic government procurement (e-GP). DG, CPTU explained and gave answers to their queries. CPTU is implementing e-GP in Bangladesh. The Secretary in his speech said the Kroi Sanglap Forum exclusively belongs to tenderers and procuring entities, which aims to establish a well-functioning public procurement system in Bangladesh through such dialogues for ensuring quality of projects and welfare of the greater masses. Better coordination leads to faster and quality implementation of government development projects which will increase employment and alleviate poverty. He said this is a bilateral platform where both the groups can discuss issues of public procurement and remove their confusions and contradictions. Such Kroi Sanglap Forum will be formed in all 64 districts of Bangladesh. After the discussion, a 15-member ad hoc convening committee of the forum was constituted in Sirajganj comprising representatives of tenderers and procuring entities of the district.

South Asia regional conference on public procurement in Dhaka Nov 1-3

29/09/2015 12:00 AM

South Asia regional conference on public procurement in Dhaka Nov 1-3 Bangladesh is going to host the third South Asia Regional Public Procurement Conference in Dhaka on November 1-3. Honourable Minister of Planning, AHM Mostafa Kamal, told the media about this during a press briefing after the ECNEC meeting on August 25, 2015, Tuesday. The Central Procurement Technical Unit (CPTU) of IME Division under the Ministry of Planning will arrange the conference. A committee led by the Secretary of the Implementation Monitoring and Evaluation (IME) Division, Md Shahid Ullah Khandaker, has been constituted to supervise arrangement for the conduct of the conference. The main theme of the conference, following up on the theme of the Second Conference “Moving from Compliance to Performance”, will be “Innovation for Sustainable Performance”. Within the framework of this theme, the following topics will be deliberated upon: Definition of Sound Public Procurement Performance, Procurement Workforce and Professionalization– Essential Performance Elements, Procurement Workforce and Professionalization– Essential Performance Elements, Electronic-Government Procurement (e-GP)- Reforming Procurement Environment and Boosting Performance, Innovative Tools and Methods for Performance Enhancement and Performance Measurement The number of participants from each of the eight SAARC countries will be from two to six. About 35 participants are expected to be nominated by the GoB including civil society, academia, bidding community, and associations. In addition, about 8 to 10 donor representatives working in Bangladesh are also expected to participate in the conference. The Current Chair of the Conference Coordination Team is Ms. Nazrat Bashir, Managing Director, Federal Procurement Regulatory Authority, Pakistan and the New Chair will be Md. Faruque Hossain, Director General, Central Procurement Technical Unit (CPTU), IMED, Ministry of Planning, Bangladesh. Sponsored and facilitated by the World Bank and ADB, the heads of public procurement of the South Asian countries have been interacting with one another for sharing their knowledge and experiences in public procurement. In April 2011 in Kathmandu, and in March 2014 in Islamabad, the heads of public procurement, along with other key public procurement policy/decision makers and representatives of oversight bodies, met in conferences. The main objective of these conferences was to provide public procurement policy/decision makers and other key stakeholders from each country a platform for exchange of knowledge and experiences and for networking.

Dialogue between procuring entities and tenderers in districts begins

18/08/2015 12:00 AM

August 11, 2015 Dialogue about various issues of public procurement between procuring entities and tenderers at the district level began on August 11, 2015. On the day the dialogue was held at Jamalpur. The Central Procurement Technical Unit (CPTU) under Public Procurement Reform Project-II supported by the World Bank is facilitating such dialogues in cooperation with Bangladesh Centre for Communication Programmes (BCCP). Three such dialogues were held in Jamalpur, Sherpur and Tangail districts on August 11, 12 and 13, 2015 respectively. The Government-Tenderers Forum (Kroi Sanglap Forum) was also formed in each of the districts. The forum will be formed in all 64 districts followed by conduct of periodic dialogues aimed at removing confusions and contradictions that may arise in the process of public procurement among procuring entities and tenderers. Representatives of procuring entities and tenderers at the district level sit face-to-face, raise relevant issues of public procurement and discuss to settle those.

e-GP a welcome system, say tenderers

03/08/2015 12:00 AM

They demand training, more user-friendly applications August 2, 2015 Electronic government procurement (e-GP) is a modern and integrated online system for procurement of goods, works and services with public funds by the government procuring entities. The government deserves appreciation for digitizing public procurement that involves about TK 780 billion of the total development budget a year. Tenderers, representatives of procuring entities, and the media came up with such observations in three workshops held in Tangail, Sherpur and Jamalpur districts from July 28 to July 30, 2015, says a press release. The Central Procurement Technical Unit (CPTU) of Implementation Monitoring and Evaluation (IME) Division under the Ministry of Planning in cooperation with Bangladesh Centre for Communication Programs (BCCP) organized the one-day e-GP awareness workshops under the auspices of the Public Procurement Reform Project-II supported by the World Bank. The objective of such workshops to be held in all 64 districts of Bangladesh is to enhance awareness and understanding of the users about e-GP to facilitate its adoption across the government and private tenderers. Tenderers in the workshops demanded training for themselves on e-GP operation so that they can easily participate in the tendering process. They also demanded easier and updated versions of various technical applications in the online procuring system hosted at www.eprocure.gov.bd. Expressing satisfaction, representatives of the procuring entities said that the online procurement system is a great relief for them as they can work now without any hindrance and influence of any quarters. It saves time and costs and facilitates wider and fair competition. The media people observed that online procurement in the public sector is improving public service delivery, transparency and making it hassle-free. They said as local level journalists they used to be at risk while filing reports about large value public procurement. The influential people in the manual system sometimes threatened them forreporting about their undue influence in procurement. But in the electronic procurement nobody knows from wherewho are competing in tender. To ensure best value for public money and enhance transparency, accountability, equal treatment to all concerned and fair competition Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina inaugurated the national e-GP portal on June 2, 2011. The guideline for e-GP was also declared the same year in line with Public Procurement Act (PPA-2006). E-GP was first piloted in four key target agencies under the PPRP-II. These are Local Government and Engineering Department (LGED), Roads and Highways Department (RHD), Bangladesh Water Development Board (BWDB) and Bangladesh Rural Electrification Board (BREB). Until July 26, 2015, a total of 1949 procuring entities of 98 agencies under 24 ministries including the four target ones are conducting their procurement through e-GP. A total of 26787 tenders have been invited under e-GP and more than 15 thousand tenderers have registered in e-GP for tendering. The CPTU have signed MoUs with 39 banks having over 1700 branches for receiving registration, renewal and document fees from the tenderers.

Cabinet Secretary visits CPTU: He briefs team to visit e-GP system of Portugal

01/10/2015 12:00 AM

July 31, 2015 On July 31, 2015, the Cabinet Secretary, Muhammad Musharraf Hossain Bhuiyan, visited the Central Procurement Technical Unit (CPTU) of IME Division under the Ministry of Planning. Secretary of the IME Division Md Shahid Ullah Khandaker welcomed the Cabinet Secretary and expressed gratitude for giving his valuable time to come to the CPTU. Director General of CPTU Faruque Hossain made a presentation before the Cabinet Secretary about CPTU and its future strategy. He also touched upon the present status of e-GP implementation, targets, challenges and needs to spread it across the government. The Cabinet Secretary later briefed an official team he will be leading to share lessons and knowledge about electronic Public Procurement (e-PP) of Portugal from August 3 to August 10, 2015.

Cabinet Secretary visits CPTU

28/09/2015 12:00 AM

Cabinet Secretary visits CPTU He briefs team to visit e-GP system of Portugal July 31, 2015 On July 31, 2015, the Cabinet Secretary, Muhammad Musharraf Hossain Bhuiyan, visited the Central Procurement Technical Unit (CPTU) of IME Division under the Ministry of Planning. Secretary of the IME Division Md Shahid Ullah Khandaker welcomed the Cabinet Secretary and expressed gratitude for giving his valuable time to come to the CPTU. Director General of CPTU Faruque Hossain made a presentation before the Cabinet Secretary about CPTU and its future strategy. He also touched upon the present status of e-GP implementation, targets, challenges and needs to spread it across the government. The Cabinet Secretary later briefed an official team he will be leading to share lessons and knowledge about electronic Public Procurement (e-PP) of Portugal from August 3 to August 10, 2015.

Live TV talk show about e-GP aired by Independent TV

03/08/2015 12:00 AM

July 27, 2015 Independent Television, a private satellite channel, aired a live TV talkshow on various aspects of electronic government procurement (e-GP) at 1:30 pm on July 27. The half-an-hour programme titled “e-GP in Public Procurement” was also repeated on the channel at midnight the same day. Faruque Hossain, Director General, Central Procurement Technical Unit (CPTU), IME Division of Planning Ministry, and MA Wohab, a tenderer registered with e-GP system and Proprieter of Dhiman Construction in Dhaka, took part in the discussion moderated by Shamim A Zahedy of Independent TV. The CPTU is implementing e-GP in the country through the National e-GP Portal (www.eprocure.gov.bd) under the auspices of the Public Procurement Reform Project (PPRP-II) supported by World Bank. The YouTube link of TV: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hNkyyaAiSyc The Facebook link of TV: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Khatunganj-Theke-Motijheel/539621902728966

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Banks can play vital role in advancing e-GP

13/07/2015 12:00 AM

The Financial Express July 12, 2015 To enhance efficiency, transparency, accountability and competition in public procurement the government is pledge-bound to implement electronic government procurement (e-GP) in all its procuring agencies and entities. In line with government"s vision for Digital Bangladesh, the Central Procurement Technical Unit (CPTU) of Implementation Moni­toring and Evaluation Division, Ministry of Planning, has been implementing e-GP with support from World Bank under the Public Procurement Reform Project -II. The Director General of CPTU, Md Faruque Hossain, in an interview with The Financial Express (FE), shared details about the prospects and constraints in bringing the entire tendering process of the government under the e-GP system. He said commercial banks, among others, can play a vital role in taking e-GP forward as tenderers, who are always in a hurry, rush to banks to submit fees to participate in tender under e-GP system. The excerpts of the interview are as follows: FE: Would you share with us the purpose of e-tender and e-GP in the public sector? Is the process completely online now? Faruque Hossain (FH): e-GP is a modern and integrated online platform where the entire cycle of public procurement can be carried out online. All sectors of the government need to go digital for implementing Vision 2021. Therefore, the public procurement on which government spends about Tk 780 billion (78 thousand crore) a year needs to be digitalised. We have established the system based on information communication technology (ICT) that provides full online services. FE: How will it benefit and contribute to economic growth of the country and how long will take to implement e-GP in all public offices? FH: It is safe and secure; saves time and cost and ensures transparency and accountability more than in any manual system. The e-GP system in other countries proved very cost-effective. It can ensure better public service delivery and value for public money. We plan to implement it across all government entities by 2020. FE: Who are major stakeholders in the implementation of e-tender and e-GP? FH: The procuring entities of the government and tenderers are the prime stakeholders. Banks also play a vital role as they facilitate various payments in the system. At the moment 39 banks have become linked to e-GP. Development partners are also stakeholder of e-GP. Civil society and general public are also stakeholders as they can observe the status online. FE: How much are the government offices and tenderers capable, at this point, of taking up e-GP fully? FH: We have been providing training to procuring entities and tenderers on e-GP on a continuous basis. We are expanding the capacity of the Data Centre. Four target agencies under the PPRP-II are also providing training to their relevant staff and tenderers. The target agencies are Roads and Highways Department (RHD), Local Government and Engineering Department (LGED), Water Development Board (BWDB) and Rural Electrification Board (REB). Tenderers may also get training being provided by some private organisations like Dohatec. FE: Can tenderers submit fees for e-GP to banks electronically now and what about e-signature for e-GP? FH: The e-GP system has been linked to the payment gateway of the Ducth-Bangla Bank and BRAC Bank. Tenderers can submit tender fees online by their debit and credit cards from home. Tenderers are using hash function as e-signature. FE: Is e-GP conducted within the purview of the principles of public procurement? FH: Within the principles of public procurement, the government approved the e-GP Guidelines. E-procurement has reduced time options and it is hassle-free. FE: How is any problem addressed when tenderers face the same while participating in e-GP? FH: CPTU has established e-GP Help Desk (www.helpdesk.eprocure.gov.bd) at its office that provides 24 hours and seven days" support to tenderers for their registration and tendering. FE: Under what modality is e-GP now operated? Would you tell us about its sustainability? FH: It is now operated under the PPRP-II supported by the World Bank. After 2017 the government will fully take over its operation and continue e-GP in the country. The e-GP system earns more than its expenditure which is deposited to the government treasury. Government can finance it either from its revenue or development budget.

e-tender steps forward: 38 banks now linked to e-GP for payments June 18, 2015

21/06/2015 12:00 AM

To enhance efficiency and transparency in the process of public procurement the government of Bangladesh is implementing e-tender under an integrated system called electronic government procurement (e-GP). The Central Procurement Technical Unit (CPTU) of the Implementation Monitoring and Evaluation Division (IMED), Ministry of Planning, under the Public Procurement Reform Project-II, with support from the World Bank is carrying out the task of e-GP implementation. In line with the government vision for Digital Bangladesh, CPTU has a plan to roll out e-GP in all government procuring entities. Director General of CPTU Md. Faruque Hossain said implementation of e-tender in all government procuring entities cannot happen overnight. Technical, logistic and capacity issues are involved here. Involvement and active support of procuring entities, tenderers, banks, media and civil society are required to take the initiative forward and make the system sustainable, he said. But this is really encouraging that now public procurement is conducted through e-GP by 1875 government procuring entities of 96 agencies under 24 ministries, the DG added. The number of banks linked to e-GP system to collect Tenderers registration and Document fees and securities for e-tendering is also increasing. On June 18, 2015 (Thursday), the new generation South Bangla Agriculture and Commerce Bank Ltd signed an MoU with CPTU in this connection. The Secretary of the IME Division, Md Shahid Ullah Khandaker, presided over the signing ceremony at the Conference Room of the CPTU. With this the total number of banks involved with e-GP stands at 38. Until June 18, 2015 the number of tenderers registered with e-GP was 15332 and the total number of branches of 38 banks was 1690. The Secretary in the signing ceremony appreciated the role of World Bank in supporting the government for the implementation of the project under which e-GP is being introduced. Managing Director of the SBAC Rafiqul Islam, DMD Md Shawkat Ali and Senior Vice-President Md Mizanur Rahman, and officials of CPTU, IME Division and World Bank were present on the occasion. The Secretary said there is no hassle in submitting tenders in e-GP system and registered tenderers can do it from their home online. The total process in public procurement is conducted electronically under e-GP system. Starting from tender invitation to contract award, contract management and procurement monitoring are done online under e-GP, he added. Until June 18, 2015, a total of 25670 tenders were invited under e-GP and 16044 contracts were processed electronically. The DG, CPTU highlighted the features of the national e-GP portal (www.eprocure.gov.bd) and success of e-tendering under the PPRP-II after its piloting in 2011. He said CPTU is enhancing capacity of tenderers in e-GP. The DG, CPTU observed that smooth and quick services from the banks would boost up confidence of tenderers in the system.

CPTU signs MoUs with two more banks for e-GP payments

11/06/2015 12:00 AM

June 7, 2015 The Central Procurement Technical Unit (CPTU) of the Implementation Monitoring and Evaluation Division (IMED) on June 7, 2015 (Sunday) signed separate memorandum of understanding (MoUs) with Eastern Bank Ltd and NRB Commercial Bank Ltd to involve the banks in the electronic government procurement (e-GP) system to collect fees and securities for e-tendering. With the signing of new MoUs the total number of banks, in both public and private sectors, involved in the e-GP system now stands at 37. The total number of branches of the banks facilitating payments for e-GP system until the date is 1683. The Secretary of the IME Division, Md Shahid Ullah Khandaker, presided over the signing ceremony at the Conference Room of the CPTU. The Director General of CPTU, Md Faruque Hossain, and other senior officials of CPTU, IMED and the banks were present on the occasion. Managing Director and CEO of NRBC Dewan Mujibur Rahman and Deputy Managing Director of EBL HasanO. Rashid and the DG, CPTU, signed the MoUs on behalf of their respective sides. The Secretary of IME Division in his speech welcomed the two banks for joining the e-GP system. He said this would facilitate the banks in both serving the nation and doing business. He expressed the view that operationalisation of e-tendering has removed many hassles in the process of public procurement in the country. “By 2018 we have a plan to roll e-GP in all government procuring entities,” he said. The monitoring of the performance of procurement under e-GP is now also done digitally. There is e-GP helpdesk at CPTU for tenderers and procuring entities 24 hours a day and seven days a week, he added. The Secretary further said that the e-GP implementation is now being done under the auspices of the Public procurement Reform project (PPRP-II) supported by the World Bank. The CPTU is implementing the project and the e-tendering is growing in line with the government’s vision for Digital Bangladesh by 2021. At present, public procurement is conducted through e-GP by 1875 government procuring entities of 96 agencies under 24 ministries of the government. The DG, CPTU said that the banks can perform the national objective of going digital by providing quick services to tenderers under e-GP system. He highlighted the features of the national e-GP portal (www.eprocure.gov.bd) and success of e-tendering under the PPRP-II. He said CPTU is enhancing capacity of tenderers in e-GP. The DG, CPTU observed that smooth and quick services from the banks would boost up confidence of tenderers in the system. The payment gateway of the Dutch Bangla Bank Ltd and BRAC Bank Ltd is integrated with the e-GP system to use credit and debit cards for payments. The EBL MD thanked CPTU for taking the bank in the e-GP system. He said this is the part of the bank’s initiative to provide all a technology based service. The DMD of EBL welcomed the MoU with CPTU as a timely step. He said this is a part of our e-commerce initiative. Both the bank executives sought CPTU guidance in taking the collaboration forward. http://www.thedailystar.net/business/two-banks-join-govts-e-purchase-system-94147 http://www.daily-sun.com/printversion/details/49482/MoUs-for-eGP-payments-signed http://www.risingbd.com/%E0%A6%87-%E0%A6%9C%E0%A6%BF%E0%A6%AA%E0%A6%BF-%E0%A6%B8%E0%A6%BF%E0%A6%B8%E0%A7%8D%E0%A6%9F%E0%A7%87%E0%A6%AE%E0%A7%87-%E0%A6%AF%E0%A7%81%E0%A6%95%E0%A7%8D%E0%A6%A4-%E0%A6%B9%E0%A6%B2%E0%A7%8B-%E0%A6%86%E0%A6%B0%E0%A7%8B-%E0%A6%A6%E0%A7%81%E0%A6%9F%E0%A6%BF-%E0%A6%AC%E0%A7%8D%E0%A6%AF%E0%A6%BE%E0%A6%82%E0%A6%95/110884 http://www.business24bd.com/%E0%A6%87-%E0%A6%9C%E0%A6%BF%E0%A6%AA%E0%A6%BF-%E0%A6%B8%E0%A6%BF%E0%A6%B8%E0%A7%8D%E0%A6%9F%E0%A7%87%E0%A6%AE%E0%A7%87-%E0%A6%AF%E0%A7%81%E0%A6%95%E0%A7%8D%E0%A6%A4-%E0%A6%B9%E0%A6%B2%E0%A7%8B/

e-GP Portal (www.eprocure.gov.bd) will not be available from 5:00PM, 2 April, 2015 to 11:00PM, 4 April 2015 for the capacity enhancement work of e-GP System.

01/04/2015 12:00 AM

e-GP Portal (www.eprocure.gov.bd) will not be available from 5:00PM, 2 April, 2015 to 11:00PM, 4 April 2015 for the capacity enhancement work of e-GP System.

Three More Banks Sign MoU to Facilitate e-GP Payments

18/01/2015 12:00 AM

Date: 14-01-2015 Midland Bank, Farmers Bank and Modhumoti Bank have joined the list of e-GP member banks to further ease e-GP related payments for tenderers across the country. A total of thirty six banks are now providing the facility through their branches both in the city and the urban areas. The banks have signed separate memoranda of understanding with CPTU at CPTU Bhaban, IMED, today. This brings the total number of banks equipped to facilitate e-GP related payments to thirty on January 14, 2015. The Midland Bank MD and CEO Md. Ahsanuzzaman, The Farmers Bank MD and CEO Choudhury Moshtaq Ahmed, and Modhumoti Bank MD and CEO Mizanur Rahman represented their respective banks while signing their accords with CPTU Director General Faruque Hossain in presence of IMED Secretary (In Charge) Md. Shahid Ullah Khandaker. The Midland Bank will have the services available through its 27 branches and The Farmers Bank will provide the services to the bidders through its 26 branches nationwide, while 10 branches of Modhumoti Bank will have the e-GP payment facility. All these branches are fully Online.

Circular

13/01/2015 12:00 AM

Post-qualification evaluation circular is upload to the CPTU website of the link of Publication (http://www.cptu.gov.bd/admin/PublicationMgt.ASPX)

New FAX number of CPTU is +88-02-9180968

18/11/2014 12:00 AM

New FAX number of CPTU is +88-02-9180968

CIPS Selection Test Result Published

06/11/2014 12:00 AM

CIPS Selection test result published. To see the result, Click on the "Publications" link on the home page.

MOU Signing Ceremony between the City Bank and Bamgladesh Commerce Bank

12/10/2014 12:00 AM

The City Bank and Bangladesh Commerce bank have tied up with CPTU to facilitate e-GP related payments. Both the banks have signed separate memorandum of understanding with CPTU at CPTU Bhaban, IMED, today. This brings the total number of banks equipped to facilitate e-GP related payments to thirty three. The City Bank MD and CEO Sohail R. K. Hussain and Commerce Bank MD and CEO Abu Sadeque M. Sohel represented their respective banks while signing their accords with CPTU Director General Faruque Hossain in presence of IMED Secretary (In charge) Md. Shahid Ullah Khandaker. The City Bank will have the services available through its 106 branches and Bangladesh Commerce Bank will provide the services to the bidders through its 48 branches nationwide, all of which are fully online.

Orientation of UGC officials on e-GP system

11/07/2013 12:00 AM

Another orientation training programme on e-GP was completed by CPTU in their e-GP Lab yesterday (10-07-2013) with participants from Higher Education Quality Enhancement Project (HEQEP) of UniversityGrants Commission (UGC) of Bangladesh. The UGC requested for such training for e-Tendering in HEQEP Project.

World Bank found e-GP system of Bangladesh compliant with the MBD e-GP guidelines.

20/05/2013 12:00 AM

World Bank found e-GP system of Bangladesh complaint with the MBD e-GP guidelines. From the initial assessment and review of the system conducted in October, 2012, the proposed e-GP system for use in bank funded projects is found to be generally complaint with the MBD e-GP guidelines. The e-GP system is in line with the key principles of the bank to ensure the basic standards of good governance are applied, namely: • Transparency • Non-discrimination • Equality of access • Open competition • Accountability • Security of the process The World Bank observe that the system provides open and equal access to all opportunities in an environment that is technologically neutral, applying standards to ensure interoperability and security. The system also provides complete audit trails of the procurement process and ensures each step receives the required approvals within the tendering organization. The World Bank team also said that CPTU has applied significant effort and detail to ensure the system and necessary documents that will form part of a bid document or bid response can be fully electronic without the need to submit any original paper documents including bank guarantees for bid securities or performance bonds. The e-GP system incorporates participating banks in Bangladesh directly into the system workflow allowing bidders to pay fees online and facilitate bid securities and performance security with the banks who will update the e-GP, verifying the authenticity and payment of the necessary instrument. The team concluded that the e-GP system in Bangladesh provides the government with a very good foundation for the implementation of the procurement reform program and will support the management and monitoring of the procurement process. The team recommended that the Bank could approve the use of the e-GP system for some bank funded projects including issuance of its no objections at various procurement steps on a trial basis to help facilitate the implementation of the system and to monitor and validity the use of the system once the Bank is satisfied that the proposed standard bidding documents for the projects and any associated business rules have been properly implemented in the system. It is understood that CPTU has conducted internal security testing of the system to validate the security and integrity of the system.

PPSC discusses third-party monitoring of procurement

09/01/2012 12:00 AM

January 04, 2012 The Public-Private Stakeholders Committee (PPSC) in its sixth meeting on January 4, 2012 (Wednesday) discussed the monitoring of public procurement by independent third parties for expediting the process and ensuring transparency in it. The Central Procurement Technical Unit of IMED organized the meeting facilitated by the Institute of Governance Studies of BRAC University, under the Public Procurement Reform Project-II supported by the World Bank. The PPSC, comprising representatives from the private and the public sectors, is assigned to recommend a strategy for citizen engagement in public procurement for ensuring best value for money. Representatives of Centre for Policy Dialogues, BRAC, BUET, Bangladesh Association for Construction Industry, Bangladesh Computer Council, Proshika, RHD, BWDB, REB, LGED and other government agencies attended the meeting with IMED Secretary Mozammel Haque Khan in the chair. ERD Secretary Iqbal Mahmud, Director General of CPTU Amulya Kumar Debnath and IGS adviser Barrister Manzoor Hasan were also present on the occasion. The PPSC discussed in detail how to engage civil society organizations in the monitoring of procurement. The IGS made a presentation on the interplay between the RTI and Public Procurement Act. The REB also made another presentation on its procurement scenario and gave suggestion on citizen engagement. The committee formed a sub-committee to draft a methodology for the citizen engagement. It was also agreed that IGS would facilitate the piloting of the third-party monitoring of some procurement done by LGED to learn the problems and prospects in this connection. The REB suggested that such monitoring can be allowed at the execution level.

Dialogue to help improve quality of procurement

08/12/2011 12:00 AM

December 8, 2011 Open dialogues between the procurement officials and the members of the bidding community can help the government ensure quality in the procurement of goods, works and services. This will also remove any misunderstanding and information gaps between them. Such observations were made by the participants in the first-ever dialogue on public procurement held at the conference hall of LGED at Narayanganj Sadar on Thursday. The Central Procurement Technical Unit (CPTU) of the Ministry of Planning organized the dialogue under the Public Procurement Reform Project-II supported by the World Bank. The dialogue was facilitated by Bangladesh Centre for Communication Programmes (BCCP). The participants expressed the view that such discussions between the procuring entities and the bidders will play an effective role in ensuring efficiency, transparency, accountability and equal treatment to all in the process of public procurement. A total of 21 bidders in the district and 16 officials from different procuring entities took part in the dialogue at Narayanganj. An 11-member ad-hoc convening body was formed at the programme with Ali Hossain Chowdhury, Executive Engineer of LGED, Narayanganj, as its convener for the period of December 2011 and June 2012. The forum will sit once in every two months to discuss procurement related issues in the district. Six more forums under six divisions will also be formed soon. Director of CPTU Md Aziz Taher Khan gave welcome address at the dialogue at Narayanganj while it was facilitated by Deputy Director of BCCP Khadiza Bilkis and Program Manager Meher Afroze. The Kroi Sanglap Forum is now open for inclusion of the procuring entities and registered bidders of Narayanganj district.

CPTU participates in e-Asia 2011

08/12/2011 12:00 AM

December 4, 2011 The Central Procurement Technical Unit (CPTU) took part in the eAsia 2011 at the Bangabandhu International Conference Centre (BICC) at Sher-e-Bangla Nagar in Dhaka on December 1-3, 2011. At the Stall number 34 of the Bangladesh Pavilion, the CPTU displayed and showcased electronic government (e-GP) facilities developed by it under the Public Procurement Reform Project-II supported by the World Bank. A seven-member committee for the purpose was formed at IME Division with Director general of CPTU Amulya Kumar Debnath as its Converner, and Director &ICT Focal Point, Coordination and MIS Sector Abul Kalam Azad as the member-secretary. The other members of the committee were System Analyst Md Mosharraf Hossain, Programmer Mohammad Asadul Hoque of CPTU, Programmer of IMED Evaluation Sector Muhammad Moshiur Rahman, Programmer, Coordination and MIS Sector of IMED Md Moazzem Hossain and e-GP/MIS Consultant of PPRP-II, CPTU, Mohammed A. Mansur. During the summit Director General of CPTU also spoke at a seminar on Best Practices on e-Service Delivery.

Orientation on public procurement for mayors begins

08/12/2011 12:00 AM

November 30, 2011 The one-day orientation workshop for the mayors and councilors of the municipalities started at the National Institute of Local Government (NILG) at Agargaon in the city on November 30, 2011. The NILG organized the workshop as part of a contract signed with the Central procurement technical Unit (CPTU) under the Public Procurement Reform project-II supported by the World Bank. A total of 28 participants from five municipalities took part in it. Director General of NILG Kabir Md Ashraf Alam,ndc, inaugurated the orientation workshop. Director of CPTU Kazi Jahangir Alam spoke on the occasion. Other officials of NILG were also present on the occasion. The NILG is supposed to organize 20 such workshops for providing orientation to the mayors, councilors of the city corporations and municipalities of the country.

e-GP training for registered bidders starts

04/12/2011 12:00 AM

November 27, 2011 The training for the tenderers, suppliers and consultants registered with the e-GP system started in the city on November 27, 2011. The CPTU has outsourced the e-GP training to Dohatec New Media Ltd. The e-GP training for the registered bidders was inaugurated by Director of CPTU Kazi Jahangir Alam at Dohatec office at 43 Purana Paltan Line in Dhaka. The System Analyst of CPTU, Md Mosharraf Hossain, and officials of Dohatec were also present on the occasion. The Central Procurement Technical Unit (CPTU) of IME Division is implementing the e-GP under the Public Procurement Reform Project-II supported by the World Bank. The four target agencies under the project such as LGED, REB, BWDB and RHD have already published their e-tender notices on the e-GP system. Until November 27, 2011, a total of 248 bidders, 37 procuring entities and over 300 branches of seven scheduled banks registered with the e-GP system. The CPTU has developed the national e-GP web portal (www.eprocure.gov.bd). The piloting of e-tender is now going on at the target agencies and CPTU of the IME Division. The CPTU targets training for about 1000 bidders and at this stage the one-day free of cost training for the registered bidders began on Sunday. The training will continue in phases with about 25 to 30 bidders in each batch. For any query, the bidders can contact the e-GP helpdesk mail at (helpdesk@eprocure.gov.bd).

e-tender piloting continues

17/11/2011 12:00 AM

Nov 17, 2011 The piloting of electronic government procurement (e-GP) at four target agencies and CPTU of IMED is now going on under the Public Procurement Reform Project-II. The CPTU first published e- tender notice on the e-GP portal (www.eprocure.gov.bd) for procurement of computers for its e-GP Lab in October, 2011. Four procuring entities of the four target agencies also published their e-tender notices on the e-GP system in November, 2011. The target agencies are LGED, RHD, BWDB and REB. The CPTU is implementing the PPRP-II supported by the World Bank. The national e-GP web portal was formally inaugurated by Honorable Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on June 2, 2011, in order to start e-tender in Bangladesh. Since the inauguration registration with the e-GP system by contractors, suppliers and consultants from home and abroad has been going on and it is increasing day by day.

e-tender starts in Bangladesh

04/10/2011 12:00 AM

03-10-2011 Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS) In a major development, the government today invited tender electronically for the first time in the country. The Implementation, Monitoring and Evaluation Division (IMED) of the Ministry of Planning published the tender notice on www.eprocure.gov.bd for procuring laptop, desktop computers and UPS for the electronic government procurement (e-GP) laboratory at the Central Procurement Technical Unit (CPTU). Outgoing IMED secretary Md. Habib Ullah Majumder approved the tender and estimate before he was given a farewell reception in the IMED Conference room. The CPTU has developed the national e-GP web portal which was officially inaugurated by Prime Minister Shaikh Hasina on June 2 this year. Since then the e-GP web portal has been open for registration of the bidders and the procuring entities. Until October 3, 2011, a total of 237 bidders, 33 procuring entities and over 300 branches of seven scheduled banks were registered with the e-GP system. Director General of the CPTU Amulya Kumar Debnath was also present on the occasion of posting the tender notice in the e-GP system. Deputy Director of CPTU Nasimur Rahman Sharif prepared the tender documents and carried out all relevant activities to upload the tender notice on the e-GP system. The first electronic government tender has been invited by CPTU DG Amulya Kumar Debnath under the Open Tender Method (OTM). The tender closing date is October 19, 2011. The e-tender is being implemented on a pilot basis among four target agencies -- LGED, RHD, BWDB and REB. The tender notices of such procuring entities are also going to be published in the e-GP system soon. The CPTU is also included in the process. Gradually all government procurement activities will go online under the e-GP system. Communications and Social Awareness Consultant of PPRP-II Shafiul Alam said CPTU has been carrying out awareness campaign on public procurement for the last three years. More programs will be launched to raise awareness about e- tender. The bidders who have registered with the system under the goods category have automatically received the message on the publication of the tender notice on the e-GP system. Now the bidders will upload necessary documents from the e-GP portal and they will submit those on the system electronically. The electronic tender has been invited in line with the present government vision for building a digital Bangladesh by 2021. CPTU is implementing the e-GP system under the Public Procurement Reform Project-II supported by the World Bank.

e-GP system gets good response

03/10/2011 12:00 AM

UNB 30 September, 2011 A total of 225 bidders, including two from abroad registered with the electronic government procurement (e-GP system) as of September 30 since a portal has been open for registration by the contractors, suppliers and consultants from home and abroad. Since the government is considering e-tender as a tool to fight corruption, more applications from bidders are being processed for approval. A total of 306 branches of seven scheduled banks have also registered for facilitating payment under the e-GP system, officials said. They are operating transactions successfully with the e-GP system, said the officials at the Central Procurement Technical Unit (CPTU) of the Implementation, Monitoring and Evaluation Division (IMED). They said some more private scheduled banks have contacted CPTU for registration. A total of 33 procuring entities of five ministries also registered with the system. When contacted, Director General of CPTU Amulya Kumar Debnath said the e-GP web portal can accommodate registration of three lakh bidders and the number can also be raised, if necessary. He said the e-GP system is safe and secure. The data provided by the bidders are kept in the central data centre at CPTU in an encrypted format. The data centre has several security layers. So, the hackers will not be able to hack the data. If they are able to trespass one layer, they will get all wrong data in the second and third layers. Besides, the system has been verified by the VeriSign Authority. He said, "We"re encouraged by the confidence and the extent of registration of the bidders with the e-GP system within a short time of its opening. Now we"re organising some orientation sessions for the registered bidders on e-tender." Debnath further said the target agencies and the IMED have already uploaded some of their procurement plans on the e-GP portal fore-tender. Every day, the nitty-gritty of various aspects are being checked and settled. "We"re hopeful of getting electronic tenders invited by the target agencies as a pilot exercise in a month." The e-tender will act as a strong tool to check any malpractice in the process of procurement. It is aimed at plugging the scopes for corruption identified in the manual system. Communications and Social Awareness Consultant of PPRP-II Shafiul Alam said CPTU will also arrange wider dissemination of the activity through TV and press so that more bidders can join the process. The influence and obstruction to submission of tenders will be removed as no one will be able to know who submits tenders from where. So, the culture of creating "syndication" or "unholy alliance" between the tenderers and also price manipulation will go. The malpractices regarding publication of tenders in the press will be stopped. The advertisement will be open for all in the e-GP system which will facilitate wider competition in the tender process. Competition is vital for achieving the value for money in public procurement. To raise awareness about public procurement and e-tender, 64 advocacy workshops have been held in 64districts. The annual value of public procurement in Bangladesh constitutes over 80 percent of the Annual Development Program (ADP). With an annual increase, the outlay of the current ADP has stood at Tk 46,000crore. So, the spending on public procurement would be over Tk 36,000, said an official. Procurement in the public sector is an important factor in ADP implementation. Earlier corruption in procurement, among other factors, was blamed for frustrating performance in ADP implementation. The present government has taken the initiative for a gradual shifting to electronic government procurement (e-GP) under the Public Procurement Reform Project-II supported by the World Bank. The CPTU of IMED is implementing the PPRP-II. It has completed all preparations for piloting the e-tendering in four procuring entities of the four target agencies under the PPRP-II. The target agencies are LGED, REB, RHD and BWDB. These agencies consume about 80 percent of the total procurement value every year. Gradually, 308 entities of such target agencies will be brought under e-tender. The national e-GP web portal (www.eprocure.gov.bd) developed by CPTU was officially inaugurated by The Prime Minister on June 2, 2011.

Ensure transparency in spending public funds:

22/09/2011 12:00 AM

Daily Sun 20-09-2011 Business Desk People will be benefited tremendously from procurement of goods, works and services in the public sector if corruption in public procurement can be wiped out. Speakers at a workshop on public procurement titled Future Search Conference (FSC) made such observation. The Central Procurement Technical Unit (CPTU) organized in facilitation with the Bangladesh Centre for Communication Programmes (BCCP) at the Circuit House auditorium in Sunamganj on Monday, according to a press release received here. Secretary to the IME Division Md Habib Ullah Majumder opened the workshop as the chief guest while Director General of CPTU Amulya Kumar Debnath spoke as the special guest with Deputy Commissioner of Sunamganj Mohammad Yamin Chowdhury in the chair. Khandaker Ahsan Hossain explained different aspects of public procurement including the Public Procurement Rules 2008. The workshop was held as part of the government initiatives to raise awareness about PPA, PPR and electronic tender under the Public Procurement Reform Project-II supported by the World Bank. The IMED secretary said people who are providers of the funds for the procurement will be benefitted if corruption in the process can be eradicated. For this the involvement of the media, civil society and the people are very vital. The issues of public procurement and PPR should not only be confined to Dhaka. Rather, all concerned across the country need to be aware about these and their involvement is necessary in this connection. Director General of CPTU said, “We need to learn the field-level realities and problems for bringing any change to the PPR and formulating policies for the public procurement.” He further said now the government is implementing electronic tender. The field level suggestions and demands have to be considered in introducing the e-GP system. The electronic system instead of the manual one has to be put in place smoothly. The DC said, “We have weaknesses in the contract management process.” There is clear explanation and guidelines in the PPR for contract management, he noted. The workshop was organized to raise awareness about public procurement and its act6 and rules, including the issues of e-tender. So far such workshop having representation of the procuring entities, bidders, media and civil society has been held in 58 districts. It will be held in all 64 districts of the country.

E-tendering gains momentum: 182 bidders registered with e-GP

04/09/2011 12:00 AM

Daily Sun23-08-2011 BSS The e-tendering introduced to expedite public procurement has registered a total of 182 bidders so far with the electronic government procurement system (e-GP). More bidders and consultants are in the pipeline to get enlisted, and the process of registration will continue as the e-GP system has the capacity to register 300,000 bidders of various ministries; departments, divisions and agencies, said CPTU Director General Amulya Kumar Debnath. The capacity can also be extended as per the necessity, the CPTU DG added. The e-tender is aimed to save time and costs, bring transparency and eradicate corruption in the process of procuring goods, works and services by the government agencies. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina launched the e-GP portal on June 2 last to the start e-tender. The Central Procurement Technical Unit (CPTU) under the Ministry of Planning has developed the high capacity electronic government procurement portal. Since its official launch, the portal has been open for registration. Until August 21, about 182 tenderers and consultants, and 27 procuring entities of the four target agencies including CPTU registered with the e-GP system while more applications await approval. As the registration is increasing and encouraging, the CPTU is setting up an e-GP training lab for providing orientation to the bidders. Meanwhile, Bhutan has expressed its keen interest in introducing e-GP when a four-member delegation of the Kingdom visited the Central e-GP Data Centre established at CPTU on August 3. The Bhutanese team during its meeting with CPTU officials said that Bhutan was thinking of introducing e-GP. On the other hand, the CPTU has been invited to present its e-GP model in Delhi, and at the regional conference in Bali of Indonesia in November, said CPTU director general. In South Asia, Bangladesh will be leading in introducing a centralized system of electronic procurement with good back-up facilities. Some states of India have introduced e-GP while South Korea took seven years to implement the e-GP. Bangladesh is the first country in the region that is completing e-tendering cycle, informed Amulya Kumar. Talking to BSS, Communications and Social Awareness Consultant of PPRP-II Shafiul Alam said with the support from the World Bank under Public Procurement Reform Project-2, the e-tender is going to be piloted first in four procuring entities of four target agencies. The agencies are—Local Government and Engineering Department (LGED), Roads and Highways Department (RHD), Bangladesh Water Development Board (BWDB) and Rural Electrification Board.

PPSC stresses ensuring quality of roads

18/08/2011 12:00 AM

18 August, 2011 The Financial Express The Public-Private Stakeholders Committee (PPSC) on public procurement Wednesday stressed involvement of the relevant stakeholders in improving the road network in the country. The committee members underscored the need for community involvement in assessing the needs for public works to check wastage of scarce public money. The Roads and Highways Department, Bangladesh Water Development Board and LGED made three presentations on their procurement activities. They also made suggestions on how and where citizen engagement can be effective. The fifth meeting of the PPSC comprising representatives from both the public and the private sectors was held in the city with Planning Minister Air-Vice Marshal (retd) AK Khandker in the chair. The 27-member PPSC was formed in 2009 under PPRP-2 with support from World Bank to devise a mechanism for engaging citizens in the process of public procurement and submit a recommendation to the government for ensuring transparency and quality in procuring goods, works and services by the government entities. Representatives from the Transparency International Bangladesh, BRAC, FBCCI, Dhaka University, Dhaka Reporters’ Unity, Bangladesh Association of Consulting Engineers (BACE), Bangladesh Association of Construction Industries (BACI), LGED, Rural Electrification Board, Bangladesh Water Development Board, Roads and Highways Department, Bangladesh Power Development Board, ERD and Foreign Aided Project Audit Department attended the meeting. The planning minister said engagement of citizens in procurement in many cases can be useful and ensure the quality of works. The PPSC will make a recommendation on this through a strategy to the government, he added. Planning Division Secretary Monzur Hossain, IME Division Secretary Habib Ullah Majumder and Director General of Central Procurement Technical Unit Amulya Kumar Debnath also spoke on the occasion. The Institute of Governance Studies of BRAC University provides technical and expert support to the PPSC. The IGS facilitated the meeting.

Bhutan team visits e-procurement centre

18/08/2011 12:00 AM

07 August, 2011 The Daily Star Star Business Desk A four-member Bhutanese study team on electronic government procurement visited Bangladesh on Wednesday to take stock of reforms being implemented in public procurement. Dhenden Dhondup, chief programme officer of the public procurement policy division under the finance ministry of Bhutan, led the delegation in its two-day visit. The team visited the central procurement technical unit (CPTU) at the IME division of the planning ministry. The team visited the Central e-GP Data Centre at the CPTU. The CPTU officials and consultants made presentations on legal and security aspects of the e-GP system, procurement monitoring and information system, capacity development and social awareness. The leader of the Bhutanese team said the country was thinking of introducing e-GP. Amulya Kumar Debnath, director general of CPTU, was also present. The Bhutanese team also visited Bangladesh Computer Council.

Bhutan team visits CPTU, sees e-GP

18/08/2011 12:00 AM

7 August, 2011 The Financial Express A four-member study team on electronic government procurement (e-GP) of the Public Procurement Policy Division (PPPD) under the Ministry of Finance of the Royal Government of Bhutan (RGOB) has paid a two-day visit in Bangladesh to learn and take stock of reforms being implemented in the process of public procurement here. Chief Programme Officer of the PPD Dhenden Dhondup led the delegation in its visit to the Central Procurement Technical Unit (CPTU) at IME Division of the Ministry of Planning in Bangladesh between August 3 and August 4, said a press release. The team members visited the Central e-GP Data Centre established at CPTU. The CPTU officials and consultants made presentations on legal and security aspects of the e-GP system, Procurement Monitoring and Information System (PROMIS), capacity development and social awareness. The leader of the Bhutanese team during meeting with CPTU officials on the second day said that Bhutan was thinking of introducing e-GP. Director General of CPTU Amulya Kumar Debnath, Directors Kazi Jahangir Alam, Amzad Hossain and Md Aziz Taher Khan were present in the meeting. The Bhutanese team also visited Bangladesh Computer Council. The CPTU has been implementing the Public Procurement Reform Project-II with the assistance from the World Bank since 2007. Institutionalising procurement capacity, improving procurement management, electronic government procurement (e-GP) and social awareness on public procurement are now being implemented by CPTU under the PPRP-II. Mr Dhondup said the Kingdom of Bhutan has also taken up a project to improve capacity of their procurement officials, raise awareness among stakeholders and introduce electronic procurement.

e-tendering now popular

18/08/2011 12:00 AM

06 August 2011 The Independent Author / Source : JAGARAN CHAKMA DHAKA, aug 5: The registration by bidders, suppliers, consultants and the procuring entities for participating in the electronic tender is getting popular among the users since the launch of the national electronic government procurement (e-GP) by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on June 2, 2011. The Central Procurement Technical Unit (CPTU) is implementing the four components of the PPRP-II. These are capacity building, improvement of procurement management, introduction of e-GP and raising greater social awareness about public procurement in the country. The CPTU is implementing the e-GP under the Public Procurement Reform Project-II supported by the World Bank. According to the CPTU report, till August 5, a total of 122 bidders and consultants, and 27 procuring entities of the four target agencies including CPTU registered with the e-GP system. More applications await approval. The target agencies under PPRP-II are LGED, RHD, BWDB and REB. Initially, e-tender is going to be launched in four entities of the four target agencies. Then it will be expanded to 16 other entities and CPTU. Later, 308 entities of the target agencies will come under e-GP system. The CPTU has already signed a memorandum of understanding with seven scheduled banks for facilitating payments for the electronic tendering. About 300 branches of the banks have registered with the e-GP system till August 2. They have also been given training. The banks are Agrani, Janata, Sonali, Pubali, United Commercial banks, National Banks and Bangladesh Krishi Bank. More private scheduled banks have contacted CPTU for joining the process. For the smooth operation of e-GP, a central data centre of international standard has been established at CPTU with back-up facilities. The data to be provided to the e-GP system are quite secure and safe as those are stored in an encrypted form. Moreover, CPTU has obtained the security verification by the VeriSign for the system. The data centre has a 10-layer security protection. If the hacker tries to hack they will get wrong information. They may cross one stage, but in the second layer they will get all data mistaken. So the e-GP system is secure. For registration, computer and internet are required. Password and ID are also needed. The e-GP system will verify the password and ID. After that the required documents along with the information of depositing the registration fees with the banks need to be sent online. The CPTU also asks for the originals for verification. When the application will be approved, the applicant will get an instant message by e-mail and also cell-phone. The registration fee for Bangladeshis is Tk 5,000 and annual renewal fee is Tk 2,000. For the foreigners the registration fee is US$ 100 and annual renewal fee is $ 30. The government has attached top priority to establishing e-governance in the country. The prime minister has stressed the need for using the electronic technology at all stages of government activities to reduce time, hassles and ensure transparency. Over an amount of 36 thousand crore Tk is spent every year under the Annual Development Programme (ADP) to procure goods, works and services. About 80 per cent of such amount is consumed by the four target agencies. The e-GP web portal www.eprocure.gov.bd has been open for registration. The Central Procurement Technical Unit (CPTU) of the IME Division has also opened a helpdesk

Public procurement : Workshop on social awareness training curriculum held

23/06/2011 12:00 AM

A two-day workshop on designing training curriculum for public procurement related social awareness and communication concluded at the training room of the Bangladesh Academy for Planning and Development in the city on June 23, 2011. Organized by the Central Procurement Technical Unit of IME Division and facilitated by the Bangladesh Centre for Communication Programs (BCCP) the workshop for designing training curriculum on social awareness and communication for the media, civil society, bidding community and procuring entities began on June 22, 2011. Secretary of the IME Division Md Habib Ullah Majumder opened the workshop as the Chief Guest while CPTU Director General Amulya Kumar Debnath presided over the inaugural session. Representatives from the bidding community, media, civil society and procuring entities attended the workshop. They provided suggestions and inputs for designing the training curriculum. Training on procurement related social awareness and communication would be provided to the media, civil society, bidding community and the procuring entities at the division and district levels under the Public procurement Reform Project-II supported by the World Bank. The CPTU has been implementing the PPRP-II to ensure transparency, accountability, equal treatment to all and fair competition in the process of public procurement in Bangladesh. About 75 per cent of the ADP allocations are spent for procurement of goods, works and services every year. Public procurement is done with the public funds under the Public Procurement Act 2006 and the Public Procurement Rules 2008 and their amendments.

E-tendering: Right step at right time

12/06/2011 12:00 AM

The Daily Star, First post-Editorial Friday, June 10, 2011 Shafiul Alam Introduction of electronic procurement in the country, though on a limited scale, is a very welcome step. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, who has been acclaimed for her vision for a Digital Bangladesh, opened the national Electronic Government Procurement (e-GP) Web Portal (www.eprocure.gov.bd) on June 2. Electronic tendering will start after registration of the bidders. The registration with the e-GP system will be offered after the inauguration of the e-GP portal developed by the Central Procurement Technical Unit (CPTU) within the Implementation Monitoring and Evaluation Division of the Ministry of Planning. The CPTU has been implementing the Public Procurement Reform Project-II with the financial assistance of the World Bank. Introducing electronic government procurement in the country is Component 3 of the project. The Local Government and Engineering Department (LGED), Roads and Highways Department (RHD), Bangladesh Water Development Board (BWDB) and Rural Electrification Board (REB) are the four target agencies under PPRP-II. Pursuant to Section 65 of the Public Procurement Act, 2006 the government has already approved the e-GP guidelines. As per approved guidelines, e-GP system is being introduced in two phases. In the first phase, e-Tendering will primarily be introduced in four procuring entities of the four target agencies; then in the CPTU and 16 procuring entities (PEs) under the four target agencies -- BWDB, LGED, RHD and REB. The system will gradually be rolled out to 308 PEs of those four agencies up to district level and ultimately it will be expanded to all the PEs of the government. In the second phase, e-Contract Management System (e-CMS) will be introduced covering complete contract management processes such as work plan submission, defining milestone, tracking and monitoring progress, generating reports, performing quality checks, generation of running bills, vendor rating and generation of completion certificate. Apart from introducing e-GP, the CPTU is implementing the PPRP-II to increase procurement capacity, improve procurement performance and raise greater awareness about the importance and outcomes of procurement among the stakeholders. The e-GP is being introduced in line with the government vision for building a Digital Bangladesh and turn it into a middle income country by 2021. In this age of technology no country can lag behind as it is now globally recognised that the right use of technology can reduce time and costs, thus removing the tangles in the delivery of services, particularly by the government. The aim of building digital Bangladesh is not to create a digital divide. Rather, the government wants to provide services to both the urban and rural people by the means of ICT for improving their quality of life. The e-GP system is a single web portal from where and through which procuring entities (PEs) will be able to perform their procurement related activities using a dedicated secured web-based dashboard. The e-GP system is hosted in e-GP Data Center at CPTU. The e-GP web portal is accessible by the PEs, bidders and others concerned through internet. The e-GP has been operational in some states of India, South Korea, China and some other countries in Asia. Their experiences show that the use of e-GP in public procurement reduces costs and time. Moreover, the system is safe and secure. In Bangladesh, it can be a very effective tool to ensure transparency and accountability in the process of public procurement because the acts and rules have to be followed by default in e-GP. The CPTU has launched online monitoring of the procurement performance through the Procurement Management Information System (PROMIS). So, any violation in the process will automatically be detected from the data provided by the PEs to the PROMIS. The hassles in dropping tenders have been a much talked about issue here. In the e-GP the bidders need not be physically present to submit their tenders to the PEs. They can submit tenders online from home. This will widen the opportunity for competition. The essence of public procurement is to ensure transparency, accountability, equal opportunity and fair competition. It is true that the integration of the entire procurement cycle, including the PROMIS, into e-GP will take time. But the technology will benefit all actors immensely in the conduct of public procurement. The objective of public procurement is to raise the quality of life of the people through creation of employment and improvement of the infrastructure. To make this happen, the quality of the government purchase must improve. For this, the Public Procurement Rules (PPR 2008) are the legal tools under the Public Procurement Act (PPA 2006). The government has also amended the act and rules for quickening the implementation of the Annual Development Programme (ADP). About 75% of the ADP allocation is spent on public procurement. So the more PPR is followed in procurement, the more will be the implementation. The PPR 2008 is a complete document for public procurement that provides scope for procurement under different methods, as per the necessity and situation, with permission from the appropriate authority. Meanwhile, the CPTU has completed all preparations to put the e-GP system in place. Training and demonstration has been going on through e-GP staging server (www.staging.eprocure.gov.bd). Anybody can log on to it and give opinions. The World Bank has extended financial support to the Public Procurement Reform Project-II under which the government has been carrying out different reform activities to streamline the sector. There are some infrastructural problems, like low internet connectivity and shortage of power. The Post and Telecommunications Minister Razi Uddin Ahmed Razu recently said at the inaugural programme organised on the occasion of the World Telecommunications and Information Society Day on May 17 that over the last two years and three months tele-density in the country has increased to 45% from 32%, and the internet-density has increased to 7% from 3%. The power situation has been a big challenge, but the government has to overcome it to materialise its promise to the people to build a Digital Bangladesh by 2021. The writer is Communications and Social Awareness Consultant, PPRP-II, CPTU, IMED.

Raise awareness about e-tendering through mass media: PM

12/06/2011 12:00 AM

She opens national e-GP web portal PP Report Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has called for raising awareness among the people about the use and benefits of electronic tendering through the use of mass media, particularly the television channels including BTV. She made this call while addressing as the Chief Guest the inaugural session on the occasion of the opening of the national electronic government (e-GP) procurement portal (www.eprocure.gov.bd) on June 2, 2011 at the Bangabandhu International Conference Centre (BICC) at Sher-e-Bangla Nagar in Dhaka. The Central Procurement Technical Unit (CPTU) within the Implementation Monitoring and Evaluation Division (IMED) of the Ministry of Planning organized the inauguration ceremony at 10:30 am. The Prime Minister expressed the hope that with the full and successful implementation of the electronic procurement in the country, the menace of tender grabbing and snatching will be removed and the process will be more transparent, accountable, competitive and free from any corruption. The e-GP portal, now open for registration, has been developed by the Central Procurement Technical Unit (CPTU) of the Ministry of Planning. The e-GP web portal was officially inaugurated by the Prime Minister to start e-tendering initially in four procuring entities (PEs) of four target agencies under the Public Procurement Reform Project-II supported by the World Bank. The target agencies are the Local Government and Engineering Department (LGED), Roads and Highways Department (RHD), Bangladesh Water Development Board (BWDB) and the Rural Electrification Board (REB). Minister for Planning Air -Vice Marshal (rtd) AK Khandker, State Minister for Science & ICT architect Yeafesh Osman, and Country Director of World Bank Dhaka Office Ellen Goldstein spoke on the occasion as the special guests with Secretary of the IME Division Md Habib Ullah Majumder in the chair. Director General of CPTU Amulya Kumar Debnath delivered the address of welcome at the inaugural session. A large number of guests including members of the Cabinet,members of the Parliament, government officials, representatives from the private sector, development partners, professional bodies, business and bidding community, civil society, media, academics, think-tanks attended the inaugural ceremony. After the inaugural session the Prime Minister formally clicked the button on the computer and launched the e-GP web site (www.eprocure.gov.bd). The Prime Minister in her speech laid emphasis on the compliance with the Public Procurement Rules (PPR) to ensure quality of goods, works and services procured with the public funds. She said, “The government is accountable to the people to ensure transparency in spending their money for public procurement.” “I think training on public procurement, particularly on e-tendering is equally needed for the government procurement officials, and the members of the bidding community in the private sector,” she observed. The Prime Minister urged all concerned in the implementation of the e-GP system in the country and raise awareness about it among the stakeholders and the people. After the introduction of e-tendering in four procuring entities of four target agencies it will be expanded to 16 PEs of four agencies and CPTU. Later, a total of 308 PEs of the four agencies will come under the system. Gradually all PEs of the government will come under the e-GP system. The e-GP system is a single web portal from where and through which procuring entities (PEs) will be able to perform their procurement related activities using a dedicated secured web based dashboard. The e-GP system is hosted in e-GP Data Center at CPTU. The e-GP web portal is accessible by the PEs, bidders and others concerned through internet for their use. The e-GP has been operational in some states of India, South Korea, China and some other countries in Asia. Their experiences show that the use of e-GP in public procurement reduces costs and time. Moreover, the system is safe and secure.

E-tendering: one step towards transparent PPR : PM opens e-GP web portal June 2

28/05/2011 12:00 AM

The Daily Sun May 28, 2011 Mazharul Anwar Khan Electronic procurement is going to be launched in the country in line with the government vision for building a Digital Bangladesh by 2021. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is expected to inaugurate the electronic government procurement (e-GP) portal at the Bangabandhu International Conference center on June 2 to start the e-tendering. The Central Procurement Technical Unit (CPTU) of the IME Division of the Ministry of Planning has completed all preparations for the e-GP web portal inauguration under its Public Procurement Reform Project-II supported by the World Bank. After inauguration of the portal, CPTU will offer interested bidders register with the e-GP system and following that an orientation will be offered for them, CPTU source said. The CPTU will introduce electronic procurement in two phases. The e-Tendering will primarily be introduced in the first phase in four procuring entities of the four target agencies; then in the CPTU and 16 procuring entities (PEs) under four agencies. The agencies include Bangladesh Water Development Board (BWDB), Local Government Engineering Department (LGED), Roads and Highways Department (RHD) and Rural Electrification Board (REB). The system will gradually be rolled out to 308 PEs of those four agencies up to district level and ultimately it will be expanded to all the PEs of the government. In the second phase, e-Contract Management System (e-CMS) will be introduced covering complete Contract Management processes such as work plan submission, defining milestone, tracking and monitoring progress, generating reports, performing quality checks, generation of running bills, vendor rating and generation of completion certificate. According to the Planning Ministry sources, the system has been developed in such a way that the electronic procurement can be introduced in all procuring entities, but first it has to be piloted. Meanwhile, the government has already okayed the e-GP guidelines and the CPTU has completed training for the concerned procuring entity officials. It has also signed MOU with seven banks for payment required for the e-GP system. The CPTU has launched the PROMIS (Procurement Management Information System) which will also be integrated with e-GP. It is expected that the e-GP will remove hassles in physical submission of tenders, because the bidders need not move with the tenders once e-tendering is in place. Moreover, it will save time and costs by widening competition in the procurement process, CPTU source said. In Bangladesh, about 75 per cent of the development budget is spent on procurement. The Public Procurement Act 2006 and the Public Procurement Rules 2008 are now in force to ensure transparency and accountability in the process of government purchase with the public funds, the source added. The CPTU has been carrying reform activities to build procurement capacity, improve procurement management, introduce e-GP and raise awareness to make a well functioning public procurement system in Bangladesh. The lead consultant GSS Infotech, sub-consultant ABC Procure and the government nominated sub-consultant Dohatec New Media are together implementing the e-GP system. E-GP is in practice in some states of India, South Korea, Indonesia and China. The experiences show that it has benefited the public procurement immensely, the source said. The present government is pledge-bound to build a digital society by introducing ICT in all sectors.

Call to engage third-party in public procurement process

20/04/2011 12:00 AM

FE Report The stakeholders of public procurement from both the public and the private sectors have laid emphasis on creating scope for third-party engagement in the process of public procurement. The members of the Public-Private Stakeholders Committee (PPSC) on public procurement at its fourth meeting in the city Sunday made the observation. Representatives from business and bidding community, think-tanks, civil society, media and the government officials attended the meeting with Planning Minister Air Vice Marshal (retd) AK Khandker in the chair. Organised by the Central Procurement Technical Unit (CPTU) of IME Division, the meeting was facilitated by the Institute of Governance Studies (IGS) of the BRAC University under the Public Procurement Reform Project-II supported by the World Bank. Secretary of the Economic Relations Division Musharraf Hossain Bhuiyan, Secretary of the IME Division Md Habib Ullah Majumder, Director General of CPTU Amulya Kumar Debnath and IGS Director Dr Rizwan Khair were present on the occasion. IGS presented two papers in the meeting and Shafiqul Alam Bhuiyan, President of Bangladesh Association of Construction Industry made a presentation on private sector participation in the government procurement process. Representatives from the Centre for Policy Dialogue, FBCCI, BRAC, Bangladesh Association for Consulting Engineers, PDB, REB, Ministry of Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs, TIB, Bangladesh Association of Construction Industry, RAJUK and PWD took part in the discussion.

Govt signs MoU with banks for e-GP

15/03/2011 12:00 AM

Star Business Report March 15, 2011 The government yesterday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with five banks to facilitate payment for the electronic government procurement (e-GP) system. The signing ceremony was held in the conference room of the Planning Ministry with Implementation Monitoring and Evaluation Division (IMED) Secretary Md Habib Ullah Majumder in the chair, according to a press release. Agrani, Janata, UCBL, Bangladesh Krishi Bank and the National Bank Ltd signed the MoU. Director General of Central Procurement Technical Unit (CPTU) Amulya Kumar Debnath and representatives of the banks signed the MoU on behalf of their respective sides. Director (coordination) of CPTU Mohammad Yamin Chowdhury was also present. More banks are supposed to sign the MoU to operate the e-payment for the e-GP system later. The CPTU of IMED is prepared to launch the e-GP in public procurement in April, in 17 procuring entities, initially under the Public Procurement Reform Project (PPRP)-II supported by the World Bank. The CPTU has been implementing the PPRP-II since 2007. The MoU is required for the synchronisation between the electronic payment system of the banks and the e-GP system. Under the MoU, the banks will be given access to the e-GP portal dashboard so that the information on payment made by the bidders can be provided to the e-GP portal. This month CPTU will invite bidders for registration with the e-GP system developed by them. The banks will then be provided training on the use of the e-GP portal to synchronise with their electronic system of payment. The bidders will also be given orientation on the use of the e-GP portal. Meanwhile, the online monitoring system of procurement was inaugurated by the Minister for Planning on Sunday. The officials of the procuring entities of the four target agencies have been provided training on the use of the e-GP. Connectivity and hardware have also been provided.

CPTU signs MoU on e-payment with banks today

15/03/2011 12:00 AM

Staff Correspondent 14th March, 2011 The government will sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the scheduled banks today to facilitate electronic payment for the electronic government procurement (e-GP) system. The signing ceremony will be held at the Conference Room of IMEDivision of the Planning Commission at 3:00 pm in presence of the IMED Secretary Md Habib Ullah Majumder, said a press release. Director General of CPTU Amulya Kumar Debnath and Director (Coordination) Mohammad Yamin Chowdhury will also be present on the occasion. Initially seven scheduled banks have confirmed signing of the MoU on the day which are Sonali Bank, Agrani Bank, Rupali Bank, Janata Bank, United Commercial Bank Ltd, National Bank and Bangladesh Krishi Bank. Later, more banks will sign the MoU to operate e-payment for the e-GP system. The Central Procurement Technical Unit (CPTU) Of the Implementation Monitoring and Evaluation Division (IMED) has taken preparation to launch e-GP in public procurement under the Public Procurement Reform Project-II supported by the World Bank. After signing of the MoU, CPTU will invite this month bidders for registration with the e-GP system developed by the CPTU. They will also be given orientation on the use of e-GP portal. Meanwhile, the officials of the procuring entities of the four target agencies have been trained up on the use of e-GP. Connectivity and hardware have also been provided to the procuring entities. Local Government Engineering Department (LGED), Rural Ele-ctrification Board (REB), Bangla-desh Water Development Board (BWDB) and Roads and Highways Department (RHD are the four target agencies under the PPRP-II.

PROMIS launched

14/03/2011 12:00 AM

The Financial Express 14th March, 2011 The government has formally launched the Procurement Management Information System (PROMIS) for electronic monitoring of the procurement performance in the public sector. Minister for Planning Air-Vice Marshal (retd) AK Khandker clicked the button as the chief guest to launch the system for the Central Procurement Technical Unit (CPTU) of the IME Division in the city Sunday, said a press release. Minister for Information and Cultural Affairs Abul Kalam Azad was present at the launching ceremony as the special guest with Secretary of the IME Division Md Habib Ullah Majumder in the chair. The CPTU under the Public Procurement Reform Project-II supported by the World Bank organised the launching ceremony. Secretary of the Planning Division Monzur Hossain and member of the Planning Commission Shahab Ullah were also present on the occasion. The online monitoring of compliance with the Public Procurement Act 2006 and the Public procurement Rules 2008 will now cover procurement by the four large entities of the government which are considered target agencies under the PPRP-II. These are LGED, REB, BWDB and RHD. The required Internet connectivity, computer hardware and other materials for operating the PROMIS have already been provided by CPTU under the PPRP-II to the procuring offices of the four target agencies across the country. The PROMIS software is now added to the CPTU website (www.cptu.gov.bd) The CPTU and the respective agencies can now monitor the performance of the public procurement done by the procuring entities through the PROMIS on the basis of 45 indicators developed by CPTU in consultation with all the stakeholders.

Call to orient audit people with PPR

07/03/2011 12:00 AM

The Financial Express 6th Morch, 2011 BARISAL, Mar 5: A fear of audit objections prevails among the government officials that often make them worried about proper implementation of the public procurement rules (PPR). The participants at a day-long workshop on public procurement at Barisal Thursday identified this as one of the barriers to operationalising the PPR in the process of public procurement, according to a press release. They gave suggestions to include the audit people in such workshops and orient them about the provisions of the PPR. Organised by the Central Procurement Technical Unit (CPTU) of the Ministry of Planning the workshop titled Future Search Conference (FSC) on Public Procurement was facilitated by the Bangladesh Centre for Communication Programmes (BCCP). Deputy Commissioner (DC) of Barisal SM Arif-ur-Rahman inaugurated the workshop as the chief guest. Additional Deputy Commissioner (General) AJM Abdullahil Baqi, Additional Superintendent of Police Md Abdus Salam, Director of CPTU Md Aziz Taher Khan and Communication and Social Awareness Consultant Md Shafiul Alam addressed the workshop as the special guests under the Public Procurement Reform Project-II supported by the World Bank. About 50 participants representing the local administration, procuring entities, bidding community, media and civil society took part in the workshop. Director of CPTU Md Aziz Taher Khan gave clarification of the queries raised by the participants on the PPR provisions. Communication Consultant Md Shafiul Alam explained how a communication programmme can help create an enabling environment for the compliance with the PPR. The DC in his speech said this workshop is very important as we have to comply with the PPR for the sake of the procurement law and also for ensuring best return of government money for the welfare of the people. Procurement officials from LGED, REB, BWDB and RHD, four target agencies under the PPRP-II, mentioned that audit people should be involved in such events as they are important stakeholders in the process of PPR implementation. They also demanded multiple-dropping system in the PPR. In reply, Aziz Taher Khan said multiple-dropping is allowed in PPR with the prior permission of the head of the procuring entity (HOPE). The bidders pointed out that although they complete the works in time with good quality, they are not paid the bills in time.

Call for transparency in public procurement

07/03/2011 12:00 AM

Staff Correspondent The Daily Sun 1st March Free flow of information is very vital for ensuring transparency in different government activities including public procurement. Md. Mesbahul Islam, deputy commissioner (DC) of Bhola, expressed the view while opening a day-long workshop titled “Future Search Conference” on public procurement at the conference room of Bhola DC office yesterday. Organised by Central Procurement Technical Unit (CPTU) of the planning ministry, the workshop was facilitated by Bangladesh Center for Communication Programs (BCCP), according to CPTU source. Additional Deputy Commissioner (ADC) Md Ismail Hossain, Bhola municipality mayor Md Muniruzzaman, Md. Aziz Taher Khan, director, Md Shafiul Alam, communication consultant of CPTU, also spoke at the workshop. Supported and implemented by the World Bank and CPTU, the advocacy workshops are being arranged across the country under the public procurement reforms project-2 (PPRP-2).

Banks to be incorporated in e-procurement

24/02/2011 12:00 AM

Staff Correspondent Daily Sun 11-02-2011 Banks will come under e-procurement system by the next week to ensure transparency in the public purchase process. In this regard, a meeting was held between Implementation Monitoring and Evaluation Division (IMED) and 16 banks on Thursday at NEC-I conference room to finalise their incorporation in e-procurement system. Planning minister AK Khandker, IMED secretary Habib Ullah Majumder, CPTU director general Amulya Kumar Debnath, executives of 16 banks attended the meeting. Habib Ullah Majumder told reporters after the meeting that the government was expected to sign agreements with the 16 banks in next week to bring them under the system. The IMED secretary said the government will initially introduce the system in four big government agencies, and in all the public sector organisations in phases. He said necessary equipments have already been provided to the government agencies for smooth functioning of the system. The IMED secretary informed that the banks would collect bid security, tender fee and performance guarantee from the contractors through the system. "We will provide training to the bank officials to give them a clear idea about their responsibilities," Majumder said. The Central Procurement Technical Unit (CPTU) has been implementing the e-procurement with the help of World Bank.

No scope for lottery in open tendering, workshop told

24/02/2011 12:00 AM

The Financial Express 10-02-2011 PATUAKHALI, Feb 9: The provision for lottery under the existing Public Procurement Rules (PPR) is only applicable for procurement of works up to Tk 20 million in case of Limited Tendering Method (LTM). But if it is open tender there is no scope for holding any lottery to award contract to the bidders in the process of public procurement. Director of Central Procurement Technical Unit (CPTU) of the Ministry of Planning Md Aziz Taher Khan said this while replying to a query of the participants of an advocacy workshop at Patuakhali Wednesday, said a press release. CPTU organised the workshop on titled Future Search Conference (FSC). Facilitated by the Bangladesh Centre for Communication Programmes (BCCP), the FSC was attended by six stakeholder groups at the district level such the local administration, tenderers, procuring entities, civil society, media and the target agencies under the Public Procurement Reform Project-II supported by the World Bank. Deputy Commissioner (DC) of Patuakhali Mohammad Yousuf inaugurated the workshop as the chief guest. Additional Deputy Commissioner (General) Amal Krishna Mandal, Additional District Magistrate Ranjit Kumar, Director of CPTU Aziz Taher Khan, Communication and Social Awareness Consultant Md Shafiul Alam spoke on the occasion as the special guests. A total of about 50 participants took part in the day-long workshop organised as part of an advocacy campaign and communication programme under the PPRP-II being implemented by the CPTU to establish transparency and accountability in the process of public procurement in the country. The DC mentioned that as per the PPR only the lowest responsive bidder would get the award of contract. But sometimes it is reported that the lowest bidder is not given the work order, he added. CPTU director clarified that the difference between the two is well defined in the PPR. We need to properly apply the provision with professional integrity. If not, he said, there is provision for punishment. The participants urged the authorities to make the PPR more public oriented and easily understandable and requested for more awareness activities to inform and educate all concerned.

Compliance with PPR a must, participants tell workshop

24/02/2011 12:00 AM

The Financial Express 09-02-2011 BORGUNA, Feb 8: Compliance with the Public Procurement Rules (PPR) is a must to ensure transparency and accountability in the process of public procurement and quality of goods, works and services. Speakers at a day-long advocacy workshop organised by the Central Procurement Technical Unit (CPTU) of Implementation Monitoring and Evaluation Division (IMED) titled Future Search Workshop made the observation at Barguna Tuesday, said a press release. The workshop was held under the auspices of the Public Procurement Reform Project-II supported by World Bank. Deputy Commissioner (DC) of Barguna Md Mojibur Rahman was present at the workshop as the chief guest, while Additional DC Md Ahsan Kabir, CPTU Director Md Aziz Taher Khan, Communication Consultant Md Shafiul Alam were present on the occasion. Bangladesh Centre for Communication Programmes (BCCP) facilitated the workshop and stakeholders like the local administration, procuring entities, bidders and media representatives took part in the workshop. The DC in his address said having knowledge on PPR is very essential for the procuring entities and the bidders as they are directly involved in public procurement. The media also need to know basic issues as they often write on the tender process, he added. Md Aziz Taher Khan clarified various points on PPR raised by the participants. The procuring entities observed PPR have helped them in doing procurement properly and as per the rules. President of Barguna Contractors" Association Md Humayun Kabir said that the present PPR had the provision of engaging people in this trade without experience. This, sometimes lead to fall in quality of government purchase. He expressed the opinion that the limit for the inexperienced bidders should be Tk 5.0 million.

Making procurement socially accountable

30/01/2011 12:00 AM

Date: 29/01/2011 The Financial Express Second Post-Editorial Md Shafiul Alam Public procurement, that accounts for over three billion US dollars a year, is an important area of governance in the country. Transparency, accountability, fair competition and equal treatment to all are the essence of public procurement. The use of public money in the process calls for strict adherence to the Public Procurement Act (PPA) 2006 and the Public Procurement Rules (2008). The government is implementing some specific activities to improve governance in public procurement. The Central Procurement Technical Unit of the IME Division has been implementing the Public Procurement Reform Project-II with assistance from the World Bank to institutionalize capacity building, improve procurement management, introduce electronic government procurement and generate greater awareness in the community. It is very heartening that the government is also trying to facilitate citizen engagement or independent monitoring of the procurement process and outcome. This will serve the purpose of social accountability in public procurement. The government has already formed a Public-private Stakeholders Committee (PPSC) in this regard. The PPSC has been in its activities for the last one year. Three of its quarterly meetings have been held, two newsletters published and a case study done. Apart from placing appropriate recommendations on procurement practices, the PPSC will devise a third-party monitoring mechanism which, if the government wants, can have a legal coverage also. The CPTU within the IME Division now monitors procurement performance as envisaged in the PPA and PPR. But for wider social accountability and transparency, facilitating citizen engagement and independent watch will ultimately enhance credibility and image of the government. A vibrant and free press is now playing a good watchdog role to help the government improve the status of governance. The media is also highlighting anomalies and violation of rules in the performance of public procurement. The Right to Information Act is there. But the media people collect information through their sources they have developed and the full functioning of the RTI is yet to be in practice. Some limitations cannot be overruled here. A major casualty, in many cases, of public procurement commonly evident is the poor quality of works (roads, bridges and dykes etc). In the capital city or in other areas of the country this has been a general allegation that roads built or repaired are damaged very shortly. It is certain that some lapses either on the part of the contractors or procuring entities take place in such cases. If the community can be involved in the procurement process it may yield a better result as done in the Philippines, India and Argentina. In the Philippines, civil society organizations (CSOs) are allowed to monitor the whole process of procurement under the public procurement law. Under a modus operandi, the CSOs monitor the procurement plan and the implementation. If any violation of rules occurs they lodge complaints with the authorities and actions are taken upon investigations. But in Bangladesh the community for this purpose has to be sensitized well and the CSOs need to have the required knowledge and capacity to perform the task of procurement monitoring as an independent watchdog. The Institute of Governance Studies (IGS) of the BRAC University has been providing technical and expert support to the PPSC in taking forward its activities and devising a third-party monitoring mechanism pursuant to the realities here. The Minister for Planning heads the PPSC having as many as 27 members from the public and the private sectors. Since the government is on the supply side it has to initiate the process to meet the demand of the people. Once the mechanism is finalized and accepted formally, organized CSOs may come forward to do the job. Because, there is no harm in being open while delivering good to the public. It is to be assessed and decided to what extent it should be open. E-mail : shafiul_1966@yahoo.com

Bidding community members discuss e-procurement with CPTU

27/01/2011 12:00 AM

January 26, 2011 A meeting on the ongoing activities at the Central Procurement Technical Unit (CPTU) on electronic government procurement (e-GP) was held with leaders and representatives of the bidding community at the Conference Room of the IME Division at Sher-e-Bangla in the city on Wednesday, January 26, 2011. Secretary of the IME Division Md Habib Ullah Majumder presided over the meeting. Director General of CPTU Amulya Kumar Debnath, Director Mohammad Yamin Chowdhury and e-GP experts of CPTU were present on the occasion. Leaders of the Bangladesh Association of Construction Industry (BACI), Bangladesh Association of Consulting Engineers (BACE) and Bangladesh Association of Software and Information Services (BASIS), among others, attended the meeting. They inquired about the security aspect of the electronic procurement process. The CPTU experts and officials explained to the bidding community leaders that the latest version of intrusion detection system (IDS) and intrusion prevention system would be used to restrict all unauthorized access to the e-GP system. Moreover, the data will be stored in encrypted format using the latest technologies as specified in ICT Act of the country. The bidding community members were apprised of the registration process for the bidders with the e-GP system. They were also taken to the Central Data Center established at CPTU for e-GP operation. They appreciated the CPTU preparations to introduce e-tendering initially in the 17 procuring entities including CPTU of the government. They requested CPTU to spread it across the country and make the district level bidders oriented with the electronic procurement process. Director of CPTU Mohammad Yamin Chowdhury said the leaders and representatives of the bidding community were invited to the meeting to inform them of the government move to introduce electronic procurement and build confidence among them in the new system. Vice-President Engineer Aftabuddin Ahmed and Secretary General GA Khan of BACI, General Secretary of BACE Mujibur Rahman Khan and BASIS representative, among others, attended the meeting. The CPTU is implementing the Public Procurement Reform Project-II supported by the World Bank. Introducing e-GP is the third of the four components of the PPRP-II.

Govt approves guidelines for e-procurement

24/01/2011 12:00 AM

Transparent system on cards The Daily Star Star Business Report January 25, 2011 The cabinet yesterday approved the electronic government procurement (e-GP) guidelines to demonstrate the government"s commitment to achieving openness and accountability in procurement. The government will kick off the e-GP system next month through 17 of its offices across the country under Local Government Engineering Department, Rural Electrification Board, Water Development Board and Roads and Highways Department. The bidders are required to get registered with the e-GP system through the e-GP portal hosted by Central Procurement Technical Unit (CPTU) of the planning ministry to take part in the bidding under the new system. A CPTU official said authorities would invite the bidders formally through newspaper notices in next three to four days. The bidders can register themselves online. The official said the media personnel will be able to get registered for free to check up on transparency of the process and will have to submit their national ID cards and office ID cards electronically to sign up. However, the media personnel will not have access to all procurement related documents such as evaluation report, the official said. He said the media personnel would have to ask for those documents separately under the Right to Information Act. CPTU reserves the right to take the payment service of banks, payment service providers, mobile networks, and other reliable and authorised online service providers through memorandum of understanding (MoU) with agreements for the e-GP online payment network, according to the guidelines. CPTU officials said they already had final discussions with Bangladesh Bank and 12 other commercial banks on the new system and a draft MoU has already been prepared. The agreement will be signed soon. In the first phase of the e-GP system, the contractors have to go to a CPTU-approved bank to pay cash and demand drafts of pay orders to sign up for the system, CPTU said. In the second phase, there are possibilities of opening various channels such as ATM, debit card, credit card or Internet banking. Government agencies will have to prepare an annual procurement plan and will send it to CPTU. Then the procurement process will progress automatically. A CPTU official said the system will eliminate bid rigging, obstruction and harassment of the bidders. “There will be no scope for political muscle flexing,” he said. The e-GP system will be a single web-portal, through which procuring agencies and entities will perform their procurement related activities: publish annual procurement plans, invitation for tender and request for proposal. Request for quotation, tender/application/proposals submission, opening, evaluation, contract award notices, payments, procurement management information system with key procurement performance indicator reports and other procurement related information will be available in the portal, according to the guidelines. The e-GP system will be hosted in the e-GP data centre at CPTU, and the web-portal will be accessible to procuring agencies and entities on the web. The system will be implemented in all the procuring entities of the government.

MoU on e-payment for e-GP system soon

24/01/2011 12:00 AM

January 18, 2011 As part of an initiative to introduce electronic government procurement (e-GP), the government is going to sign memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the scheduled banks on electronic payment options required in the new system. A meeting between the officials of the Central Procurement Technical Unit (CPTU) and the representatives of scheduled banks including the central bank in this regard was held at the conference room of the Implementation Monitoring and Evaluation Division, Ministry of Planning, in the city on January 18, 2011. Secretary of the IME Division Md Habib Ullah Majumder presided over the meeting organized by the CPTU. Director General of CPTU Amulya Kumar Debnath, Executive Director of Bangladesh Bank Nazneen Sultana, CPTU Director Aziz Taher Khan and other officials were also present on the occasion. Representatives from 12 scheduled banks attended the meeting. The CPTU made a presentation in the meeting on e-payment options in the e-GP system. The bank representatives discussed on their existing system, capacity and how they can be involved in the process of electronic payment for the e-GP system. It was discussed in the meeting that all the banks do not have the same capacity and system for such operation. So it has to be sorted out between the banks and CPTU. Bangladesh Bank representative suggested that the banks individually would fix a reasonable service charge for tenderers following their bank guidelines for this which should not vary to a large extent. The meeting decided that the banks would expedite their preparation for this and CPTU would hold further discussions with them to finalize the MoU and technical, and management issues as soon as possible. The CPTU is implementing the Public Procurement Reform Project-II (PPRP-II) supported by the World Bank. Introducing e-GP initially in four target agencies such as LGED, REB, WDB and RHD is one of the four components of the PPRP-II.

Procurement newsletter launched

27/11/2010 12:00 AM

November 25, 2010 Minister for Planning Air-Vice Marshal (rtd) AK Khandker launched a quarterly newsletter titled “Public procurement” of the Central Procurement Technical Unit (CPTU) at the NEC Committee Room-1 on the Planning Commission campus at 3:00 pm on November 25, 2010, Thursday. The newsletter aimed at increasing awareness about public procurement among the stakeholders and public has been published under the Public Procurement Reform Project-II supported by the World Bank. The contents of the newsletter include, among others, issues of compliance with the Public Procurement Act and The Public Procurement Rules, process of public procurement and procurement related events and information. Secretary of the IME Division Md Habib Ullah Majumder presided over the program. Director General of CPTU Amulya Kumar Debnath, representatives of the World Bank and officials of the Planning Ministry attended the launching ceremony of the newsletter. The CPTU is implementing the PPRP-II to enhance efficiency, transparency and accountability in the process of public procurement. Capacity building, improving procurement management, introducing electronic Government procurement (e-GP) and increasing awareness about public procurement are the four components of the PPRP-II.

Awareness campaign on PPR begins

27/11/2010 12:00 AM

November 23, 2010 The national level awareness campaign on the Public Procurement Rules (PPR) 2008 under the Public Procurement Reform Project-II was launched at 10:00am at the Celebrity Hall of the Bangabandhu International Conference Center at Sher-e-Bangla Nagar in Dhaka on November 23, 2010. Minister for Planning Air -Vice Marshal (Rtd) AK Khandker inaugurated the campaign as the chief guest. Minister for Food and Disaster Management Dr Muhammad Abdur Razzaque, Minister for Communications Syed Abul Hossain and Acting Country Director of World Bank Dhaka Office Zahid Hussain were present as the special guests in the inaugural session with Secretary of the IME Division, Ministry of Planning Md Habib Ullah Majumder in the chair. Director General of CPTU and Project Director of PPRP-II Amulya Kumar Debnath, and Director of Bangladesh Center for Communication Programs (BCCP) were also present on the occasion. Organized by the Central Procurement Technical Unit (CPTU) of IME Division and facilitated by BCCP the inauguration of the awareness campaign on PPR draw a large number of participants from the government procuring entities, bidding and business community, development partners, media and the civil society. Through this campaign the procuring entities, bidding community, media and civil society will get the right message about PPR and through awareness and capacity building the stakeholders will be able to comply with the provisions of the PPR. Compliance with the PPR 2008 in procuring goods, works and services is mandatory under the Public Procurement Act (PPA) 2006. The CPTU is implementing the PPRP-II supported by the World Bank to enhance transparency, accountability, fair competition and skills in public procurement. Work is now progressing fast to build capacity of the stakeholders in the process of public procurement, improve procurement management, introduce electronic government procurement (e-GP) and generate greater awareness about the usefulness of public procurement among all concerned. Four government entities such as LGED, RHD, REB and WDB are considered target agencies under the PPRP-II. By the end of January, e-tendering will be introduced in 17 offices of the four target agencies including CPTU.

E-tendering by January

06/11/2010 12:00 AM

CPTU Report The activities required for introducing electronic tendering in four target agencies by the beginning of the new- year are now going on in full swing at the Central Procurement Technical Unit (CPTU) of Implementation Monitoring and Evaluation Division under the Ministry of Planning and in the selected target agencies. Initially, including CPTU 17 procuring entities of four target agencies such as Roads and Highways Department (RHD), Local Government and Engineering Department (LGED), Bangladesh Water Development Board (BWDB) and Rural Electrification Board (REB) will come under the electronic tendering system. The CPTU is working to implement electronic Government Procurement (e-GP) under the Public Procurement Reform Project (PPRP-II) with financial assistance from the World Bank. The government has taken the initiative to make public procurement system more dynamic, strong and transparent. GSS America Infotech of India, the lead consultant and e-Procurement Technologies Limited (ABCProcure) of India as the sub-consultant along with the nominated sub-consultant Dohatec New Media, and the Aviation Support Ltd of Bangladesh are implementing e-GP system in Bangladesh. E-tendering-- one of the core functionalities of the e-GP system-- will be going live in January, 2011. Earlier, an agreement in this connection was signed in April at the Ministry of Planning with the international consultant. By the time the consultants have studied the Public Procurement Act 2006 and Public procurement Rules 2008, and other relevant documents. They also reviewed the requirements and capacity of the target agencies to operate under e-GP system. A workshop on finalizing the draft guidelines prepared by CPTU on e-GP was held on August 22. By December, it will be finalized. After completing the System Requirement Study and System Design Document for first phase and second phase of the e-GP system, the consultants are developing the e-GP system. The CPTU is also coordinating with the banks on payment system under e-GP. The Central Data Center required for e-GP operation is at the final stage of its preparation at CPTU. Information and transactions on public procurement activities will be done by the entities through the e-GP system hosted in e-GP Central Data Center at CPTU. With the experience of the piloting of e-tendering it will be rolled out to all other entities of the target agencies across country. Gradually, all other relevant components like procurement management information system (PROMIS), e-payment system, e-contract and workflow management system etc will be integrated into e-GP.

Compliance with PPR in public procurement stressed

19/10/2010 12:00 AM

The Financial Express October 17, 2010 Participants of three separate workshops on public procurement held in Tangail, Jamalpur and Sherpur districts have laid emphasis on the importance of compliance with the Public Procurement Rules (PPR) 2008 in public procurement activities. They said this is necessary for ensuring value for money and abiding by the law in procuring goods, works and services with the public funds. The workshops were held on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday in the three districts, according to a press release. Organised by the Central Procurement Technical Unit (CPTU) of the Implementation Monitoring and Evaluation Division under the Ministry of Planning, the advocacy workshops on public procurement titled Future Search Conference (FSC) were conducted by the Bangladesh Center for Communication programs (BCCP) and facilitated by the respective offices of the deputy commissioners in the districts. With the one-day workshops held in three districts, the CPTU has organized 16 such events and it will cover all 64 districts of the country under the Public Procurement Reform Project-II (PPRP-II) supported by the World Bank. About 50 participants representing the local administration, procuring entities, bidding community, media and civil society took part in the advocacy workshops with the deputy commissioner in the chair. Director of CPTU Md Altaf Hossain and Commmunication Consultant under PPRP-II Md Shafiul Alam were also present. Deputy Commissioner of Tangail M Bazlul Karim Chowdhury in his introductory remarks at the workshop as chief guest said those who are involved in the process of public procurement should know well the provisions of the PPR for ensuring value for money and abiding by the compulsion of the procurement law. The DC of Jamalpur Md Siraj Uddin Ahmed said if the officials and bidders involved in public procurement process do not know well the provisions of PPR, the quality of goods, works and services procured by the government cannot be ensured. He said those will also not be sustainable. The DC of Sherpur Md Nasiruzzaman said, "We should know the law and ensure its application in the process of public procurement, otherwise this will be a violation of law and the people will be deprived of quality services from the government". He said the members of the bidding community should also know it as they implement the government"s development projects across the country. Meher Afroze, Badal Halder and Abdus Salam of the BCCP conducted the workshops being held under the component 4 of the PPRP-II. The CPTU is implementing four components of the PPRP-II accommodating LGED, RHD, WDB and REB as the target agencies.

Contract on internet connectivity for PROMIS, e-GP System signed

29/08/2010 12:00 AM

August 26, 2010 The Central Procurement Technical Unit (CPTU) of IME Division signed a contract on internet connectivity for Procurement Management Information System (PROMIS) and electronic government procurement (e-GP) system with BRAC BDMail Network Ltd. (bracNet) at the Conference Room of IMED on August 26, 2010. Amulya Kumar Debnath, Director General of CPTU, and Mohammad Abdur Rab, Chief Executive Officer of bracNet, signed the contract on their respective sides. Under the three-year contract, bracNet, an internet service provider, will among others, provide dedicated broadband internet connectivity( upload and download 10Mbps) for CPTU e-GP Data Center(with redundancy preferred from another source) and 3Mbps for four target agency Head Office with redundancy or above for the rest of the procuring entities in a phased manner for 3 years. The CPTU is implementing Public Procurement Reform Project-II (PPRP-II) having four components. Introduction of e-GP is one of the four components. The PPRP-II is supported by the World Bank.

BTV talk show on e-procurement

17/08/2010 12:00 AM

August 24, 2010 Bangladesh Television (BTV) that enjoys the countrywide terrestrial network broadcast a half an hour talk show on e-tendering and e-government procurement at 10:25 pm on August 23, 2010 in its weekly program- Digital Bangladesh. Director General of Central Procurement Technical Unit (CPTU) Amulya Kumar Debnath, ICT Specialist of Ministry of Science and Information and Communication Technology Munir Hasan, and businessman and member of the bidding community Dr. Jahangir Sattar Tinku took part in the discussion moderated by Mozammel Babu, a renowned media personality. E-tendering, e-GP, PPR and other aspects of public procurement came up in the discussion of the show. Earlier BTV and ATN Bangla also broadcast several programs on public procurement.

Web-only bids to save state millions next year: World Bank

24/08/2010 12:00 AM

The Daily Star August 23, 2010 Star Business Report The government of Bangladesh could save millions in goods, public works and services with a secure electronic procurement system, the World Bank country director said Sunday at a meeting that unveiled draft guidelines for e-procurement. Online bids for the 3 billion US dollars the government spends annually on supplies and contracts may soon be largely free from bid-rigging, delays and paper-based errors, Ellen Goldstein told a workshop in the city: "Through the web interface, procurement information becomes accessible, and competition and transparency are enhanced, making collusive bidding difficult." The idea that e-procurement could save all government levels money by boosting efficiency and the transparency of public procurement is not new, but the estimate of the savings and timetable hints are new. Goldstein said e-procurement could make public contracting more accessible, secure and efficient, enhancing programme implementation. She also said procurement reform is key to strengthening governance, public-sector management and accountability in Bangladesh. "It is well-documented that weaknesses in public procurement have a cumulative negative effect on investment and economic growth," said Goldstein. "And poor public procurement skews investment toward areas where rent-seeking is prevalent, rather than toward the areas that need it most for poverty reduction and development." The country director praised Bangladesh"s long-term progress in public-procurement laws, which she deemed "world class” -- but she deemed "unfortunate" amendments made under the current government which no longer require bidders to have prior sales to the state and no longer allow a "lottery" choice for contracts Tk 2 crore. She noted that e-procurement cut costs and delays in many countries: "In Romania, an e-procurement system paid for itself through cost savings within six months [ … ], while Korea"s system led to an average 15 percent cost reduction, worth 2.5 billion US dollars." The Washington-based anti-poverty lender will support any government committed to e-procurement at the district, upazila and union parishad (local) levels with financing from the Public Procurement Reform Project and the Local Government Support Project, she said. Goldstein said software development and internet connectivity for key agencies is progressing, and that Bangladesh may begin pilot-testing the system in four months. "Of course, piloting cannot begin until the government reaches closure” on e-procurement guidelines, she added. The nation"s planning minister called the reforms a top priority, both in terms of policy and technology. He said the government expects to finalise guidelines by the year"s end and to introduce them in phases. "Our plan and preparation to introduce e-tendering by this year-end bears testimony to that commitment," said AK Khandker. “The sooner the government purchases go online, it will be better for us." Goldstein’ s observations came at the inauguration ceremony of the workshop on Procurement: A way forward, to e-GP (Finalisation of e-GP Guidelines) at the National Economic Council conference room in the planning ministry. The Central Procurement Technical Unit of the Implementation Monitoring and Evaluation Division organised the event, chaired by Md Abdul Malek. The planning minister and State Minister for Science and Information & Technology, Yeafesh Osman, spoke as chief guest and special guest, respectively. Central Procurement Technical Unit director general Amulya Kumar Debnath also spoke. International consultant Rajesh Kumar Sakaya presented on e-GP architecture and National Consultant Mohamed A. Mansur on the draft guidelines, formulated by the World Bank-supported Public Procurement Reform Project-II.

Workshop on draft e-GP guidelines

30/08/2010 12:00 AM

August 23, 2010 Effective use of electronic government procurement (e-GP) enhances efficiency and transparency in the process of government purchase. It also reduces hassles of physical movement in dropping tenders and widens the scope for competition. Minister for Planning Air -Vice Marshal (rtd) AK Khandker made such observation while inaugurating a workshop on “Procurement: A way forward to e-GP (Finalization of e-GP Guidelines) organized by the Central Procurement Technical Unit (CPTU) of the Implementation Monitoring and Evaluation Division on Sunday. The minister was speaking as chief guest at the inaugural session of the workshop held at the NEC Conference Room on the Planning Commission Campus at Sher-e-Bangla Nagar. He said, “I believe well-articulated guidelines in keeping with the public procurement act, rules and relevant issues will help us establish a secure and trustworthy e-GP system.” The minister expressed the hope that e-tendering would be introduced in a select number of offices in four target agencies like LGED, REB, Water Board and RHD by the end of December this year. State Minister for Science, and Information & Communication Technology Architect Yeafesh Osman, and Country Director of World Bank, Bangladesh, Ellen Goldstein, were present at the inaugural session as special guests with Secretary of IME Division Md Abdul Malek in the chair. "It is well documented world-wide that weaknesses in public procurement have a cumulative negative effect on investment and economic growth" said Ellen Goldstein, Country Director of WB. This is why we underscore the importance of public procurement reform. Electronic procurement is an important way to increase the accessibility, security and efficiency of public contracting, which, in turn, accelerates implementation and enhances the effectiveness of priority development programs". The state minister said that the initiative to introduce e-tendering and then e-GP would be a step forward in government effort to digitalize the public services for more efficiency, transparency and accountability.

Public participation in procurement process to reduce corruption

24/08/2010 12:00 AM

The Financial Express August 20, 2010 Planning Minister Air Vice- Marshal (retd) AK Khandaker Thursday urged all concerned for suggesting policy guidelines in formulating mechanism to involve citizens in the public procurement process to reduce corruption and ensure sustainable development, reports BSS. He said participation of stakeholders and beneficiaries in the procurement system should be ensured in establishing accountability of all parties in order to institutionalise transparency in the expenditure of public funds. The minister said this while presiding over the second meeting of the Public- Private Stakeholders Committee (PPSC), a high-level platform to discuss various aspects of public procurement, at the NEC conference room in the city. The Institute of Governance Studies (IGS) organised the meeting on behalf of the Central Procurement Technical Unit (CPTU) of the Implementation, Monitoring and Evaluation Department (IMED). Planning Secretary Md Habib Ullah Majumder, IMED Secretary Md Abdul Malek spoke at the meeting. Member secretary of the committee and Director General of CPTU Amulya Kumar Debnath moderated the meeting. Research Associate of IGS Munyema Hasan presented a paper at the meeting highlighting civic involvement in public procurement citing some cases of developing countries like Philippines and India.

PPSC second meet held: Newsletter launched

24/08/2010 12:00 AM

August 20, 2010 The second meeting of the Public-Private Stakeholders Committee (PPSC), a high-level platform to discuss various aspects of public procurement, particularly the involvement of the stakeholders from the private sector, was held on August 19, 2010. Organized by the Institute of Governance Studies (IGS) on behalf of the Central Procurement Technical Unit of the IME Division, the PPSC meeting was held at the NEC Conference Room II on the Planning Commission Campus at 10 am with Air- Vice Marshal (rtd) AK Khandker, Minister, Ministry of Planning, in the chair. The minister in his speech urged the members to kindly manage some time for each of the PPSC meetings so that the continuity of its activities is maintained. He laid stress on holding two more meetings in 2010 as the PPSC quarterly meeting has fallen behind the schedule. The minister launched the quarterly newsletter of PPSC titled” Public Procurement Watch” in the meeting. The committee members discussed the issues and examples of civic engagement in Bangladesh and other countries. IGS made presentations on civic engagement in procurement in other countries. Regarding carrying out case studies and other analysis of public procurement by IGS in Bangladesh they suggested forming a sub-committee of PPSC, if necessary. The 27-member PPSC led by the Planning Minister comprises representatives from the government, private sector, civil society, media, academics, think-tanks, and bidding and business community. The first meeting of the committee was held in February. The PPSC has been formed under the auspices of the Public Procurement Reform Project-II (PPRP-II) supported by the World Bank. The committee, among other activities relating to public procurement reforms, will ultimately recommend to the government a mechanism on how to introduce social accountability in the process of public procurement in the country. The IGS has been providing expert and technical support services to the PPSC. The CPTU is implementing the PPRP-II having four components like capacity building, monitoring and evaluation, introduction of Electronic-Government Procurement (e-GP) and raising social awareness about public procurement.

Compliance with PPR in dev work underscored

17/08/2010 12:00 AM

The Financial Express August 10, 2010 Complying with Public Procurement Rules (PPR) is very important in executing development activities properly and efficiently. Some people who say that the PPR is difficult and cumbersome have not gone through the document extensively. Secretary of the Implementation Monitoring and Evaluation Division under the Ministry of Planning Md Abdul Malek made the observations while speaking as the chief guest at the inaugural ceremony of an advocacy workshop titled "Future Search Conference (FSC) on Public Procurement in Rajshahi city Monday”, said a press release. He said PPR ensures transparency and accountability in the process of public procurement. The stakeholders should know the details well so that procurements can be carried out on time and efficiently. Divisional Commissioner of Rajshahi Mohammad Nurul Islam, Deputy Commissioner Dilwar Bakht and Deputy Director of Central Procurement Technical Unit (CPTU) Aziz Taher Khan also spoke on the occasion.

Welcome e-GP

26/07/2010 12:00 AM

25 July, 2010 The Independent The planning ministry"s initiative to introduce e-GP (electronic government procurement) is certainly a welcome move. If everything goes according to the plan, the public procurement under the implementation, monitoring and evaluation division (IMED) of the ministry will go online by the end of this year. In all likelihood, it is going to be the first firm step towards e-governance. Whether it will open up the door to a brave new world of digitalisation is however a different question. We say this not because of any fault of the system but because of probable intrigues that might frustrate the move. According to a rough estimate, 70 per cent of information and communication technology introduced in government offices fail to take off, one reason being vested groups in and around would not allow it to work. Efficiency and transparency that come with new technologies leave no room for irregularities and willful holding up of files or documents. This is not to the liking of those groups looking for systemic loopholes to derive narrow gains. The four target agencies - the Water Development Board (WDB), the Rural Electrification Board (REB), the Roads and Highways Department (RHD) and the Local Government Engineering Department (LGED) - to introduce the system of online tender bidding in fact cover the major development projects in the country. So if the e-GP gets going, even though initially under a pilot project, in all these sectors of the government, its impact will be very positive for financial management, development and even governance. Then snatching of tender boxes, manipulation of tenders and intimidation to genuine bidders may be a thing of the past. Sure enough, e-GP has the potential of bringing about a radical transformation of the system of governance by making transparency and accountability an integral part of the process. Admittedly, technology is no substitution for integrity of character. But at least it can easily pinpoint who is to blame and for what. Online access can give them unalloyed information. So it is incumbent on the top functionaries of the government to make it a point that the system work properly and people behind it are not given the slightest pretext to render it useless and inoperative.

Stakeholders talk procurement

07/07/2010 12:00 AM

The Financial Express July 4, 2010 Shafiul Alam It is really amazing to see how stakeholders of any process look, talk and exchange their ideas, experiences, and complaints in a single platform. If the process involves varying interests and is governed by a new law, it generates more discussions and debates to arrive at a consensus. Because lack of appropriate information and understanding on the subject in some cases creates confusions among them at the operation level. Such a scenario was evident at the first five future search conferences (FSCs) meant for advocacy campaign on public procurement held in Narsingdi, Munshiganj and Narayanganj, Manikganj and Gazipur districts recently. The deputy commissioners of the districts facilitated the holding of the FSCs that brought the government procuring entities, contractors, administration, civil society and media across the table at the local level. The Central Procurement Technical Unit (CPTU) of IME Division under the Ministry of Planning is getting such advocacy campaign done by the Bangladesh Center for Communication Programs (BCCP). The FSCs are aimed at creating awareness about the importance of public procurement and necessity of compliance with the Public procurement Act and the Public procurement Rules by the stakeholders. The main stakeholders in public procurement are the procuring entities of the government and the contractors, suppliers and consultants. The civil society and the media have also a great role in the process as they work as the watchdog of government spending for the welfare of the people. Public procurement accounts for about 75 per cent of development spending each year. There is no denying the fact that such a bulk spending from public funds requires to be governed by a uniform law. The government put in force the PPA and the PPR to ensure efficiency, transparency, fair competition and value for money in procuring goods, works and services in the public sector since January 31 in 2008. Since the PPR is new and the subject is not all along easy, various activities have been undertaken by the government to make it operational. These include capacity building, monitoring, e-government procurement and awareness campaign under its Public Procurement Reform Project-II supported by the World Bank. The FSCs as designed under the PPRP-II will be held in all 64 districts of the country. The first five FSCs are held on a pilot basis. The rest, along with a mass media campaign and capacity building, will be held under a communication strategy on public procurement. Procurement experts, communication team of CPTU and BCCP, and the stakeholders at the district level numbering over 50 sit at the FSCs since morning to afternoon. All the stakeholders take part in the discussions, presentations, group work, question and answer, past experiences, present situation analysis, future searching and an action plan on what to do to establish a well-functioning public procurement system in the country. The contractors in most cases raised the issues of security money and the extent of performance guarantee. This point was clarified by the experts. They demanded that the language of the schedules in the PPR should be easy Bangla. The procuring entities pointed out that they need all updated documents in hand for proper tendering process. They also mentioned the issue of "syndication" among the tenderers that hampers the quality of work. In many cases, the tenderers cannot submit the bid documents properly due to lack of their understanding, they noted, saying training for the contractors on PPR has become urgent. The media people came up with their main complaint that they are not provided necessary information on procurement by the entities at the time of their needs. The civil society expressed their anger over the tender grabbing and other anomalies in procurement activities at the field level. They expressed their happiness over some development activities done in time and as per the rules. Such timely completion of work has benefited the local community. The civil society and the media pointed out that goodwill on the part of the government is a sine qua non for improving governance in public procurement. The main issues that have come up for discussion include tender security, performance guarantee, lottery, negotiation, e-tendering, front loading, experience of bidders etc. The writer can be reached at Shafiul_1966@yahoo.com

ATN Bangla aires talk show on public procurement

07/07/2010 12:00 AM

July 03, 2010 ATN Bangla, a private satellite TV channel, broadcast a talk-show on public procurement on July 03, 2010 which was recorded on June 26, 2010. The activities of CPTU and IMED, relevance of public procurement to Annual Development Program (ADP) implementation, Public Procurement Act and Rules and other relevant issues were highlighted in the 25-minute talk-show. Amulya Kumar Debnath, DG, CPTU and AKM Fazlul Karim, Procurement Reform Implementation Adviser, PPRP-II, took part in the talk show- hosted by Shafiul Alam. Such talk show was organized as part of social awareness and communication activities under the component 4 of the PPRP-II supported by the World Bank. Earlier Bangladesh television also aired similar type of talk shows to raise awareness about public procurement among the stakeholders and the public.

e-tendering from Sept to check hooliganism

13/06/2010 12:00 AM

The News Today June 9, 2010 In an attempt to check hooliganism and other influences, online tendering system - known as e-tendering - is likely to begin in four government organizations from September this year, reports UNB. The organizations are Local Government Engineering Department (LGED), Roads and Highways Department (RHD), Bangladesh Water Development Board (BWDB) and Rural Electrification Board (REB). IMED Secretary Abul Malek today (Tuesday) disclosed the government""s plan while addressing a workshop on public procurement reforms at a city hotel. He said the e-tendering would play a vital role in awarding government contracts to really competitive, eligible and efficient firms. Malek said that after seeing the success, e-tendering will be later introduced in other government agencies to ensure proper bidding in the government procurement process. Of late, hooliganism has been a common phenomenon in case of tenders for public procurements, particularly at the local level. Many government officials feel shy in selecting eligible, competitive and efficient firms for government works and services because of different political influences. Against this backdrop, IMED (Impleme-ntation Monitoring and Evaluation Division) under the Planning Ministry has already appointed GSS America Infotech Ltd, an Indian firm, in April this year to introduce the e-tendering system in four government agencies. Officials said the firm has already started work in Bangladesh and are now developing necessary software and also installing hardware. "When the e-tendering is in place, any bidder can submit their tender documents through online using internet facilities from anywhere across the country," said one IMED official. He also mentioned that under the system, no bidder shall come to the relevant offices physically to submit their respective documents. "So, it would check musclemen to control tender submission," he said. IMED officials said that under a 15- month contract with the Indian firm, the required software will be developed in three months and e-tendering launched in 20 offices of the four target agencies in six months on a pilot basis. In 15 months of the contract, e-tendering will be rolled out to four target agencies and e-government procurement system will be integrated. Officials also mentioned that when implemented, e-tendering will reduce time limit in completing the tender procedures electronically. More bidders will be able to participate in the tender process without facing any physical barrier. This will increase competition leading to improvement in the quality of government purchase.

Advocacy campaign on PP begins today

13/06/2010 12:00 AM

The Financial Express June 7, 2010 An advocacy campaign to raise awareness about public procurement (PP) and popularise the Public Procurement Act and the Public Procurement Rules starts today (Monday), said a press release. The Central Procurement Technical Unit (CPTU) of the IME Division under the Ministry of Planning has assigned the Bangladesh Centre for Communication Programmes (BCCP) to conduct the campaign under Social Awareness Campaign and Communication (SACC) across the country. The BCCP has conducted a communication-based assessment (CBA) and an opinion research (OR) to formulate a comprehensive communication strategy under the Public Procurement Reform Project-II to address the issues of public procurement in the country. The CPTU is implementing the PPRP-II supported by the World Bank.

CPTU, CIPS sign deal on procurement training

25/05/2010 12:00 AM

The Central Procurement Technical Unit (CPTU) of the Implementation Monitoring and Evaluation Division under the Ministry of Planning signed a contract for development of procurement core competence skills and accreditation program with the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (CIPS), UK, at the Conference Room of the IMED in the city on Monday. Amulya Kumar Debnath, Director Genral of CPTU and Chris Gallagher, Director of Customer Development of CIPS, signed the contract on their respective sides. The CIPS in association with National School of Government(NSG), UK and the Institute of Governance Studies(IGS) of BRAC University, Bangladesh, will develop and implement a procurement core skills enhancement program; design and introduce a procurement and accreditation program; design and implement institutional capacity enhancement program on procurement. The contract will last until March, 2013 under the Public Procurement Reform Project –II supported by the World Bank and being implemented by the CPTU. The top performers in the three-week residential courses on public procurement at the Engineering Staff College, Bangladesh, will also be offered higher studies in the UK under the contract. Lead procurement Specialist of the World Bank Dr Zafrul Islam, Director of IGS Barrister Manzoor Hasan, , International Public Sector Development Manager of CIPS Sheila White, and CPTU officials were present on the occasion.

Govt signs deal on e-procurement

25/04/2010 12:00 AM

The Daily Star Tuesday, April 13, 2010 The Central Procurement Technical Unit (CPTU) of the Implementation Monitoring and Evaluation Division (IMED) yesterday signed an e-government procurement system development contract with GSS America Infotech Ltd, India. Amulya Kumar Debnath, director general of CPTU, and Abdul Qadeer, vice president of GSS Infotech Ltd, signed the contract at the planning ministry in Dhaka. AK Khandker, the planning minister, and Md Abdul Malek, secretary of IMED, were also present. This contract aims to implement e-procurement by June 2011, where CPTU has taken necessary steps under the Public Procurement Reform Project supported by the World Bank. Initially, e-procurement will be introduced in four agencies: Local Government Engineering Department (LGED), Roads and Highways Department (RHD), Bangladesh Water Development Board (BWDB) and Rural Electrification Board (REB). At present, public procurement in the country is done under the Public Procurement Act and the Public Procurement Rules. On March 1, the cabinet committee on government purchase in a meeting recommended the appointment of GSS America Infotech Ltd, as consultant along with sub-consultant C1 India and Aviation Support Ltd, Bangladesh. The meeting also nominated sub-consultant Dohatec New Media, Bangladesh, to develop and implement the e-procurement system.

Contract on e-GP signed

13/04/2010 12:00 AM

April 12, 2010 A contract on e-Government Procurement (e-GP) System Development and Implementation was signed between the Central Procurement Technical Unit (CPTU) of IMED under the Ministry of Planning and GSS America Infotech Ltd, India at the Ministry of Planning in the city on Monday (April 12, 2010). Amulya Kumar Debnath, Director General of CPTU and Abdul Qadeer, Vice President of GSS Infotech Ltd, India signed the contract on behalf of their respective sides. Air Vice Marshal(rtd) AK Khandker, Minister for Planning, Md Abdul Malek, Secretary of IMED and other officials of the CPTU, IMED and the Ministry of Planning were present on the occasion. To implement e-GP by June 2011, CPTU of IMED has taken necessary steps under the Public Procurement Reform Project (PPRP-II) supported by the World Bank. At present, public procurement in the country is done under the Public Procurement Act and the Public Procurement Rules. To make the public procurement process more dynamic and modern, e-GP will be introduced under the PPRP-II. The cabinet committee on government purchase in its meeting on March 1, 2010 recommended the appointment of GSS America Infotech Ltd, India as consultant along with sub consultant C1 India and Aviation Support Ltd, Bangladesh and nominated sub-consultant Dohatec new Media , Bangladesh to develop and implement the e-GP system. The Prime Minister approved the recommendation on March 09, 2010 and the Notification of Award was issued to the consultant on March 15, 2010. Initially, e-GP would be introduced in four target agencies under PPRP-II. These are LGED, RHD, BWDB and REB. Under the 15- month contract with the consultant, software will be developed in three months, e-tendering will be launched in 20 offices of the four target agencies in six months on a pilot basis. In 15 months of the contract, e-tendering will be rolled out to four target agencies and e-GP system will be integrated. When implemented e-GP will reduce time limit in completing the tender procedures. More tenderers will be able to participate in tender without facing any physical barrier. This will increase competition leading to improvement in the quality of government purchase. Implementation of e-GP will supplement the present government’s vision for building a digital Bangladesh by 2021. South Korea and Andrha Pradesh of India have implemented e-GP very successfully.

31st training course on public procurement ends April 29: 32nd Begins on April 25

13/04/2010 12:00 AM

April 11, 2010 The 31st three-week residential training course on public procurement under PPRP-II that began on April 11, 2010 will end on April 29, 2010 at the Engineering Staff College Bangladesh at Bausia, Gazaria thana in Munshiganj district. Organized by the Central Procurement Technical Unit of IMED under the Ministry of Planning and facilitated by the Fineurop with ESCB as sub-consultant, a total of 28 officials from different government offices are taking part in the 31st training on procurement of goods, works and services. The 32nd course is expected to start on April 25, 2010 and end on May 13, 2010. The Local Government Engineering Department (LGED), Roads and Highways Department (RHD), Bangladesh Water Development Board (BWDB) and Rural Electrification Board (REB) are considered four target agencies under the PPRP-II supported by the World Bank. Among the trainees in 31st course seven officials are from LGED, seven from REB, three from BWDB, two from PDB, two from Department of Live Stock, one from Education Engineering, two from DPHE, one from DPDC, one from World Bank, one from BIWTA and one from the Election Commission. Such three-week trainings under the Public Procurement Reform Project-II are the part of 108 such courses to be held in next three years. About 3240 officials will be trained under the three-week courses. There are also courses of different duration, said Kazi Jahangir Alam, Director of the CPTU. The CPTU is implementing four major tasks under the PPRP-II with a view to making public procurement system in Bangladesh accountable, transparent and well-functioning. The components are; 1. Furthering policy reform and institutionalizing capacity development 2. Strengthening Procurement management at the sectoral level 3. Introducing e-Government Procurement (e-GP) 4. Communication, behavioral change, and social accountability. The objective of the project is to improve performance of the public procurement system progressively in Bangladesh, focusing largely on the key sectoral ministries and targeting their implementing agencies.

3oth training course on public procurement begins

13/04/2010 12:00 AM

March 28, 2010 The 30th three-week residential training course on public procurement under PPRP-II began on March 28, 2010 at the Engineering Staff College Bangladesh at Bausia, Gazaria thana in Munshiganj district. This will end on April 15, 2010. Organized by the Central Procurement Technical Unit of IMED under the Ministry of Planning and facilitated by the Fineurop with ESCB as sub-consultant, a total of 27 officials from different government offices are taking part in the training on procurement of goods, works and services. The Local Government Engineering Department (LGED), Roads and Highways Department (RHD), Bangladesh Water Development Board (BWDB) and Rural Electrification Board (REB) are considered four target agencies under the PPRP-II supported by the World Bank. Among the trainees eight officials are from LGED, one RHD, five REB, three BWDB, two PDB, three Department of Livestock, one Education Engineering, one DPHE, one DPDC, one PWD and one from BSMMU. Such three-week trainings under the Public Procurement Reform Project-II are the part of 108 such courses to be held in next three years. About 3240 officials will be trained under the three-week courses. There are also courses of different duration, said Kazi Jahangir Alam, Director of the CPTU. The CPTU is implementing four major tasks under the PPRP-II with a view to making public procurement system in Bangladesh accountable, transparent and well-functioning. The components are; 1. Furthering policy reform and institutionalizing capacity development 2. Strengthening Procurement management at the sectoral level 3. Introducing e-Government Procurement (e-GP) 4. Communication, behavioral change, and social accountability. The objective of the project is to improve performance of the public procurement system progressively in Bangladesh, focusing largely on the key sectoral ministries and targeting their implementing agencies.

E-tendering

13/04/2010 12:00 AM

The Daily Star March 23, 2010 Shafiul Alam AT a time when the world is advancing fast by dint of technology, Bangladesh cannot stay behind and, therefore, the government has laid thrust on easy and quick delivery of public services. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina deserves appreciation for declaring her government"s vision for building a Digital Bangladesh by 2021. Nevertheless, the hurdles to achieving the goal are formidable. The intention to keep pace with the global scenario is important here. If we do not want to make something happen, who else will come to do it for us? The declaration for building a Digital Bangladesh has infused a sense of awareness into the minds of the citizens about the necessity and importance of going digital. The actions of the government in making this happen need to be assessed over a substantial period of time. Certainly, the government has taken up some pragmatic steps to that end. The Right to Information Act is now in place, ICT Policy and Act have been framed, e-commerce has been initiated, and various programs under the Access to Information (A2I) Project have been undertaken for establishing e-government. Some utility bills can now be paid through mobile phones. Public exam results, railway ticketing and some other services have gone online. There is no denying the fact that the biggest hurdles to achieving the goal are the lack of infrastructure like electricity and connectivity, and capacity building. But, on the plea of such limitations, there is hardly any scope to sit idle. Power generation must increase and connectivity has to be raised at all costs. The objective of establishing e-government has to be materialised in the run-up to a Digital Bangladesh. On all fronts of governance there should be electronic operation to save time, reduce hassles and ensure transparency through widening access to public information. As part of that process, the government has initiated a process to introduce electronic-tendering in its public procurement system. E-tendering is a part of the electronic government procurement (e-GP). The Central Procurement Technical Unit (CPTU) of the Implementation Monitoring and Evaluation Division under the Ministry of Planning has been working in line with the government plan to introduce e-tendering on a limited scale by the end of June, 2010. Under the auspices of the Public Procurement Reform Project-II (PPRP-II) supported by the World Bank, e-tendering would be introduced first in four target agencies -- Local Government and Engineering Department (LGED), Roads and Highways Department (RHD), Bangladesh Water Development Board (BWDB) and Rural Electrification Board (REB). According to statistics of the World Bank in 2002, the total value of public procurement in the country was estimated to be more than $3 billion a year. By this time it has increased further. The average annual value of procurement of goods, works and services by the four target agencies is more than Tk.10 thousand crore. It may vary from year to year. On the basis of the experience, realities and needs learnt from the initial functioning of the e-tendering, the government has a plan to spread it all over the country in phases. As part of that, the CPTU under the PPRP-II has provided computers and other hardware and accessories to more than 250 offices of the four target entities in different districts. Providing internet connectivity to those offices is now under process. Gradually, the e-GP will also be launched and rolled out to all procuring entities. In the age of technological advancement and globalisation, e-GP is regarded as a very modern system of procurement. It will save time, remove physical barriers to a great extent and increase competition, leading to improvement in the quality of procurement. Competent quarters are of the opinion that, along with the opportunities of the e-GP, its challenges are also enormous. These lie in ensuring adequate infrastructures and enhancing skills and awareness of both the procuring officials and the tenderers. Experience of India and South Korea in having e-GP system fully functional shows that it took about seven years in Hyderabad of Andhra Pradesh and five years in Seoul. Moving to the e-GP system in Bangladesh requires caution, adequate preparation and infrastructures. The government is, therefore, heading towards the system carefully. The CPTU has already formulated a draft guideline as to how e-GP can be operationalised keeping in view the provisions of the Public Procurement Act-2006, Public Procurement Rules-2008 and the ICT Policy and Act. The guideline is now being finalised in consultation with the relevant stakeholders. To establish e-GP and to store and use the procurement related information, a central data center will be installed at CPTU. Presently, publishing the notices of tenders worth Tk.1 crore and above for procuring goods and works, and Tk.50 lakh and above for consulting services and the award of contracts on the CPTU website (www.cptu.gov.bd) is mandatory. Different procuring entities now send their tender notices both online and offline. When e-tendering will be in place, all such information and monitoring will be done online. And under the e-GP system, the whole cycle of procurement will be done electronically.

Citizen engagement in procurement

13/04/2010 12:00 AM

The Financial Express March 22, 2010 Shafiul Alam IN a culture of looking at all government activities from a critical point of view, good initiatives are seldom appreciated. But the fact is that the government, irrespective of its political party-wise composition, deserves and, therefore, needs support from relevant stakeholders for translating those initiatives into action. The Public-Private Stakeholders Committee (PPSC) formed under the auspices of the Public Procurement Reform Project-II by the government happens to be such an initiative aimed at devising a third-party monitoring mechanism in the process of public procurement in the country. Headed by the Minister for Planning, the 27-member PPSC comprises representatives from the business community, private sector, bidding community, civil society, media and academics. The PPSC had its first-ever meeting on February 03, 2010 where the members discussed the relevant issues of public procurement system and practices, and the scope of work for the PPSC that can help ensure efficiency, transparency and accountability in government spending. The process of public procurement had exclusively been confined to the government procuring entities and the members of the private bidding community like contractors, suppliers and intellectual service providers since the British era. The scope for public access to such information has not been as wide as of today. And the good intention of the government is reflected in the remarks of the minister in the first meeting of the PPSC that day. He said, "This is a step forward from our traditional age-old practices, often controversial and opaque, and so predicates the necessity of an articulated balance in the short run. It is my view that we must begin and the sooner it is, the better will be for improving governance in public procurement practices in Bangladesh. However, it is also my concern that we must move with caution so that we do not stumble on the mid-way." The Institute of Governance Studies (IGS) of BRAC University facilitated the PPSC meeting at the NEC Conference Room-II on behalf of the Central Procurement Technical Unit (CPTU) of Implementation, Monitoring and Evaluation Division (IMED) under the Ministry of Planning. The CPTU is implementing four components of the PPRP-II supported by the World Bank with a vision for ensuring good governance in public procurement with the establishment of a unified national procurement framework and institutionalizing the procurement management capacity to ensure economy, efficiency, transparency, fairness and better value for money. Four government entities are included in the PPRP-II as the target agencies. They are Local Government and Engineering Department (LGED), Roads and Highways Department (RHD), Bangladesh Water Development Board (BWDB) and Rural Electrification Board (REB). The four target agencies are large spenders of the government"s development funds. The idea of citizen engagement in public procurement is mooted in the fourth component of the PPRP-II titled Communication, Behaviourial Change and Social Accountability. The other components are furthering policy reform and institutionalizing capacity development, strengthening procurement management at the sectoral level and introducing e-Government Procurement (e-GP). Public procurement is a governance issue. To ensure discipline in the sector, the Public Procurement Act 2006 and the Public Procurement Rules 2008 were made effective since January 31, 2008. The government amended both the act and the rules in 2009 for accelerating the pace of Annual Development Programme (ADP) implementation. The bidding community, procuring entities and other stakeholders of public procurement are not yet fully equipped with the knowledge and skills of the provisions of PPR. Compliance with any law or rules becomes easier when the concerned stakeholders are aware about the benefits and necessity of abiding by those provisions. Experiences show that the more they are informed and convinced, the more is the compliance level. Social awareness campaign and communication in the PPRP-II is designed to that end. And social accountability is also important to sustain the progress achieved from the reforms in the public sector finance of the government. The PPSC will take care of the process of how social accountability can be established in public procurement. The specific activities of the PPSC are as follows: (a) Evaluate annually the broad impact of the Public Procurement Act and Rules on country"s actual procurement practices; (b) Hold meetings with various type of stakeholders including media, civil groups and convenient persons to obtain feedback on de-facto practices in Government of Bangladesh (GoB) procurement (c) Put recommendations to the GoB regarding appropriate changes to Procurement Act and Rules. (d) Develop and recommend the possible mechanism for involvement of private/external stakeholders in monitoring and tracking of procurement processes and outcomes. (e) Disseminate the findings and suggestions of this committee to the public (f) Discuss some cases of irregularities (up to award of contract) on test check basis in procurement and make recommendation in this regard. (g) Publish a quarterly newsletter to provide regular feedback to GoB and general mass about its activities, recommendations etc. Social accountability and citizen engagement in public procurement will benefit all concerned in the process. The procuring entities and the bidders will abide by provisions of the PPR in all their procurement activities, thus ensuring transparency. If transparency is ensured in any process, then there is no difficulty in being accountable. The question is to what extent the procurement process should be open for public scrutiny. The IGS is assigned to devise a mechanism in consultations with the stakeholders and place it before the PPSC so that it can make recommendation in this connection to the government. In the Philippines, the third-party or external monitoring of public procurement is recognized by their procurement law. But they do not have the Right to Information (RTI) Act. The government in Bangladesh for the first time has enacted the RTI for ensuring free flow of information. But there are certain restrictions in certain areas. What is encouraging is that the government has openly pledged that the RTI may be amended in course of time as per the needs and priority. So, the disclosure of procurement-related information can be facilitated under the provisions of the RTI. Of course, national interest and the disciplinary aspects should be taken care of, in dealing with such a sensitive issue. The private third parties or the civil society that will monitor processes and outcomes of procurement should first ensure transparency and accountability in their own activities. In Argentina, the public procurement process is monitored by a joint committee of the government and the civil society. The government is in an agreement with the apex body of the civil society organizations (CSO) that all information of the procurement will be shared with them. But in case of any deviation, the CSO withdraws from the process that brings more trouble for the government. The media comes forward and asks the government the reasons for withdrawal of the CSO. It can be mentioned that Argentina does not have the RTI. In Philippine, the CSOs have decided that they would monitor the planning and preparation of the procurement and the implementation to ascertain whether the outcome is in line with original plan and budget. If not, they lodge complaint to the respective authorities. In the Indian state of Orissa, the civil society members have developed tool kits for examining the quality of any roads or bridges. India has had RTI before Bangladesh. If the PPSC can devise an acceptable way for the third-party monitoring of public procurement keeping in view all the realities, it will earn the trust and confidence of the people in government activities. Still, a note of caution cannot be overruled here. The democratic practices and the social value system are yet to attain such a degree of practices where certain quarters will not try to exploit it otherwise. The minister for planning has, therefore, rightly expressed his concern that, "We must move with caution." The spirit in this connection is that there should be voices raised from the members of the public against any malpractices in the delivery of public services. If voices are raised, there are mechanisms to hear those. In Bangladesh, where democracy is functioning and the press is working in a free environment, the voices of the public are also heard. Still, there are scopes for improvement where the civil society members and conscious citizens can play an effective and constructive role. Also, the local government bodies need to be strengthened. A very good relationship and interactions between the local government and the civil society organizations can really make a difference in an efficient and transparent delivery of public services. This is needed not only for ensuring accountability in public procurement but also in other areas of governance. Before introducing the RTI, the Official Secrets Act was in place in Bangladesh. This was often used as an excuse for not disclosing even any harmless but necessary public information. The government has repealed it. A culture of openness in the public service is being established with the disclosure of citizen charters for all government entities. Citizen charters can be made more effective and meaningful and it is expected that in course of time it will be done. Moreover, the good intention of the government to build a digital Bangladesh by 2012 will further remove barriers to the path of disclosing public information and delivering public services.

Driving towards a digital society

10/03/2010 12:00 AM

The Financial Express 8 March 2010 Shafiul Alam What Mohammad Mashiur Rahman, Programmer of the Implementation Monitoring and Evaluation Division (IMED), explained about the necessity of the Digital Innovation Fair 2010, was shared by others who gathered there from the government side for three days from March 4 up to 6, 2010. Mashiur told this scribe that people were not well informed of all services government provides for them. The Digital Innovation Fair has served the purpose of informing the people what type of services they can get from what kind of offices of the government. From that perspective, this fair is important and it is necessary for developing the information structure. Regarding the services of IMED, he said the division, among other activities, monitors and evaluates the implementation of the projects included in the Annual Development Programme (ADP). The users can get any information from the website of the IMED. He pointed out that such fair should be held every year. People should be provided with high-speed internet connectivity and uninterrupted electricity to fulfill the vision for building a digital society. And the services should also be made available and affordable to them. People are still dependent on the mobile phone. "Service at Doorsteps" was the slogan of the digital innovation fair that drew huge crowd and evoked much interest and enthusiasm among the visitors and the government employees as well. Asked what will be the impact and benefit of this fair, Mohamed A Mansur, National Consultant for electronic government procurement (e-GP) at the Central procurement Technical Unit said that people, particularly those involved in tender process can learn from our demonstration here how they can submit tender electronically and where they can get tender related information. The CPTU website has been enhanced and it now caters to the needs of the stakeholders of public procurement. The digital fair as the Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina described at the opening was aimed at displaying the government services through the means of Information and Communication Technology (ICT). She expressed the strong desire of her government to reduce corruption and other hassles in the delivery of public services by enabling the offices with ICT. The PM requested all the public servants to change their mind-set and let the people think that they should not move from door to door for services, rather the services will be made available to them through the introduction of the ICT culture and practices. What really deserves appreciation is the participation of the private sector ICT-related service providers including the print and the electronic media. This is a unique expression of the government to build a partnership culture between the public and the private sector institutions. Organized jointly by the Access to Information Project (A2I) supported by the UNDP under the Prime Minster"s Office and the Ministry of Science and Information Communication Technology, the first ever digital innovation fair showcased ICT activities of all ministries of the government at the Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Novo Theatre at Bijoy Sarani in the capital city. The ministries and divisions of the government had 82 stalls and 20 ones were set up by five private organizations. Apart from that, the media houses also had their stalls in the fair. All of them tried to let the people know what they can and have innovated digitally to reach the target of building a Digital Bangladesh by 2021. Asaduzzaman, a public relations executive of the private telecom operator Warid, observed that the effectiveness of the fair depends on the level of communication about it to the people. "The main purpose of the fair is to let people know how much our technology and IT have advanced and what are the new in this area. To materialize the vision for digital Bangladesh, the technology and services should be available and affordable to the people," he noted. The prime Minister herself is serious about this and it was reflected in her query at our stall about the information of the remote places on website, said Shakib Ahmed, System Analyst, Assistance to SICT Project of UNDP at the Planning Division. He mentioned that the ministries have many services of their own and those are scattered. This fair has provided a common platform where sharing of information and resources have been possible. Also, it has created a sense of competition among the ministries that what technology they have and where they are lacking. So the fair will create a multiple impact. We will have the benefit of digital process after 2013 when all upazilla will come under fiber optic network. Zillur Rahman, Director at the Export Promotion Bureau under the ministry of commerce, explained how they have developed the services for video conferencing with the foreign buyers. Tasdiq Ahmed, program specialist (ICT) of CDMP showed how early warning on the disaster can be received through SMS. He said it will be really a digital service if people need not move physically. Until now one has to move at a stage of e-communication for payment. This should also be removed through operationalizing the e-payment or e-transaction system. Although the process has started, it should be fully in operation for materializing the vision for digital Bangladesh. Dewan MD Reza of Dhaka Education Board said people do not know that we have so many electronic services. So this type of fair should continue and it should be held outside Dhaka also. Rashed, a visitor from Mirpur said: "We should appreciate the services that we can now pay all utility bills through mobile phones, buy railway tickets online, know SSC, HSC results through SMS and do many more things by dint of technology today. There is no scope to lag behind. We must keep pace with the global scenario." From that perspective, this fair and subsequent activities will drive the country towards a digital society, he added. One of the visitors complained of sound pollution in the fair and said if there is such a noise then how can we learn about the services here. Another visitor appreciated the idea and said there is a need for change in the mind-set of the government employees and the people as well. He said making people hostage by blocking the files has long been a culture in the public sector. The government can change it by introducing the digital culture. But at the same time it has to address the problems of the employees and other reasons as to why the red tape has ruled the roost.

CPTU, IMED participate in Digital Innovation Fair 2010

07/03/2010 12:00 AM

March 07, 2010 The Central Procurement Technical Unit (CPTU) and the Implementation Monitoring and Evaluation Division (IMED) jointly took part in the three-day Digital Innovation Fair 2010 at the Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Novo Theatre in the capital city from March 04 up to March 06, 2010. On the first floor of the Novo theatre, the IMED stall was set up beside that of the Planning Division. IMED Director (Coordination) Sayeedul Haque coordinated the raising of the stall and subsequent activities. Mohamed A Mansur, e-GP national Consultant, Md. Mosharraf Hossain, System Analyst and Mohammad Asadul Hoque, Programmer of CPTU, and Mohammad Moshiur Rahman, Programmer of IMED, explained the electronic services of both CPTU and IMED to the visitors. CPTU is a permanent unit under the IMED of the Ministry of Planning. The CPTU is implementing the Public Procurement Reform Project –II (PPRP-II) supported by the World Bank. At the stall, the e-GP process and diagram was displayed. Also other activities of public procurement through the means of ICT were on display. The stall created much interest and drew a large number of visitors over the three days. They wanted to know how the IMED monitors and evaluates the projects under ADP, and how CPTU is working to monitor the implementation of the Public Procurement Act and the Public Procurement Rules. Minister for Planning Air- Vice Marshal (rtd) AK Khodker, IMED Secretary Md Abdul Malek, DG CPTU Amulya Kumar Debnath and UNDP Resident Representative Ms. Renata Lok Dessallien also visited the stall. Ms Renata expressed her keen interest in knowing the details of e-GP and other aspects of public procurement at the IMED stall.

28th training course on public procurement begins

02/03/2010 12:00 AM

The 28th three-week residential training course on public procurement for goods, works and services organized by the Central Procurement Technical Unit (CPTU), IMED of the Ministry of Planning, began at the Engineering Staff College Bangladesh (ESCB) at Bausia in Munshiganj district on February 28, 2010. The training course would conclude on March18, 2010. The 27th course that began on February 14, 2010 concluded on March 4, 2010. A total of 28 officials from different government offices are taking part in the 28thth training course on public procurement, said an official of the ESCB. Such three-week trainings under the Public Procurement Reform Project (PPRP-II) are the part of 108 such courses to be held in next three years. About 3240 officials will be trained under the three-week courses. There are also courses of different duration, said Kazi Jahangir Alam, Director of the CPTU. The Local Government Engineering Department (LGED), Roads and Highways Department (RHD), Bangladesh Water Development Board (BWDB) and Rural Electrification Board (REB) are four target agencies considered under this reform project. Eight officials from LGED, three from RHD, six from REB, four from BWDB, two from PWD, two from PDB, one from DESCO, one from Higher Education Quality Enhancement Project and one from Education Engineering Department are attending the 28th course. The CPTU is implementing four major tasks under the PPRP-II with a view to making public procurement system in Bangladesh accountable, transparent and well-functioning. The components are; 1. Furthering policy reform and institutionalizing capacity development 2. Strengthening Procurement management at the sectoral level 3. Introducing e-Government Procurement (e-GP) 4. Communication, behavioral change, and social accountability. The objective of the project is to improve performance of the public procurement system progressively in Bangladesh, focusing largely on the key sectoral ministries and targeting their implementing agencies.

Enhanced CPTU website Opens

10/02/2010 12:00 AM

February 09, 2010 The enhanced website of the Central Procurement Technical Unit (CPTU) under the Public Procurement Reform Project-II (PPRP-II) supported by World Bank was launched on February 09, 2010 at the Conference Room of the IME Division at Sher-e-Bangla Nagar at 2:00 pm. The Minister for Planning Air Vice- Marshal (rtd) AK Khandker inaugurated the enhanced website. The CPTU website (www.cptu.gov.bd) was launched in a limited scale in 2003. Considering the importance of the website in the context of the Public Procurement Act-2006 and the Public Procurement Rules 2008 and their amendment in 2009, the website has been enhanced in terms of its content, size and quality for public use. Secretary of the Implementation Monitoring and Evaluation Division Md Abdul Malek, Director General of CPTU Amulya Kumar Debnath, Lead Procurement Specialist of World Bank Dhaka office, and other officials of CPTU, IMED and Ministry of Planning were present on the occasion. The enhanced website ensures wider access and availability of updated procurement related information for procuring entities, tenderers and other stakeholders. It will save time, resources and make the process of getting procurement advertisements easily on line. The number of Key Performance Indicators has been raised to 45 for compliance with the changes made to PPA-2006 and PPR-2008. CPTU will have a quarterly newsletter shortly which will be online and also in print. It will also develop educative documents and brochures which will be put on the website. Also, the Public Private Stakeholders Committee (PPSC) will have a publication. Answers to FAQs have been raised and these will facilitate the users in understanding and finding solutions by themselves.

27th three-week training on public procurement begins on February 14

07/02/2010 12:00 AM

February 08, 2010 The 27th three-week residential training course on public procurement of goods, works and services organized by the Central Procurement Technical Unit (CPTU), IMED of the Ministry of Planning, begins at the Engineering Staff College Bangladesh (ESCB) at Bausia in Munshiganj district on February 14 (Sunday). A total of 30 officials from different government offices are expected to take part in the training programme that will conclude on March 04 2010, said Kazi Jahangir Alam, Director of CPTU, IMED. The 27th three-week training under the Public Procurement Reform Project (PPRP-II) is the part of 108 such courses to be held in next three years. About 3240 officials will be trained under the three-week courses. There are also courses of different duration. The Local Government Engineering Department (LGED), Roads and Highways Department (RHD), Bangladesh Water Development Board (BWDB) and Rural Electrification Board (REB) are four target agencies considered under this reform project. Eleven officials from LGED, 6 from RHD, 6 from REB, 3 from BWDB and 4 from other ministries and departments have been nominated for the 27th course. The CPTU is implementing four major tasks under the PPRP-II with a view to making public procurement system in Bangladesh accountable, transparent and well-functioning. The components are; 1. Furthering policy reform and institutionalizing capacity development 2. Strengthening Procurement management at the sectoral level 3. Introducing e-Government Procurement (e-GP) 4. Communication, behavioral change, and social accountability. The objective of the project is to improve performance of the public procurement system progressively in Bangladesh, focusing largely on the key sectoral ministries and targeting their implementing agencies.

First meeting of PPSC held

06/02/2010 12:00 AM

February 03, 2010 The first meeting of the Public-Private Stakeholders Committee (PPSC) was held at the NEC-II Conference Room on the campus of the Ministry of Planning at Sher-e-Bangla Nagar on February 03, 2010 (Wednesday). Minister for Planning Air-Vice Marshal (rtd) AK Khondker presided over the meeting of the PPSC formed in 2009 and re-constituted in January 2010 with wider coverage of private sector, business bodies, media, civil society, NGOs and the public sector. The 27-member PPSC headed by the Planning Minister comprises representatives from Transparency International, Bangladesh, Dhaka Reporters’ Unity, Bangladesh Association of Software and Information Services, Bangladesh Association of Consulting Engineers, Bangladesh Association of Construction Industries, Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry, BRAC, Proshika, CPD, BUET, Dhaka University, CPTU, IMED, PWD, REB, RHD, BWDB, Rajuk, FAPAD, PDB and Bangladesh Computer Council. The objective of the formation of the PPSC is to institutionalize external monitoring and citizen engagement in different stages of public procurement. The Institute of Governance Studies (IGS) appointed as consultant for providing expert and support services to the PPSC, facilitated the first meeting. The committee will sit once in every three months. The minister in his welcome address said government is sincere and pledge- bound to create an enabling environment for establishing socially responsive, transparent and accountable governance in all public sectors. “One of the major tasks of the committee is to develop and recommend to the government a programme for the possible engagement of external stakeholders, which we now phrase as ‘Citizen Engagement’ in the monitoring of procurement processes and outcomes to ensure transparency and accountability”, he noted. Members from BRAC, BASIS, BCC and the government officials took part in the discussion in the open floor after presentations by CPTU, IGS and Bangladesh Center for Communication Programs (BCCP) on activities of component 4 of the Public procurement reform project-II. The PPSC has been formed under the auspices of the PPRP-II. The PPSC will devise a way to institutionalize third party monitoring of public procurement even after the project is over.

23rd three-week training course on public procurement Going on: 24th begins Jan 3, 2010

22/12/2009 12:00 AM

December 20, 2009 The 23rd three-week residential training course on procurement of goods, works and services organized by the Central Procurement Technical Unit (CPTU), IMED, Ministry of Planning, began on December 20, 2009 at the Engineering Staff College Bangladesh (ESCB) at Bausia in Munshiganj district. It will end on January 7, 2010. The 24th course is scheduled to begin on January 3, 2010 and end on January 21, 2010. The three-week residential training courses are being held under the auspices of the Public Procurement Reform Project –II (PPRP-II).The Local Government Engineering Department (LGED), Roads and Highways Department (RHD), Bangladesh Water Development Board (BWDB) and Rural Electrification Board (REB) are considered four target agencies under the PPRP-II. A total of 24 participants are taking part in the 23rd three-week training course. The participants are from four target agencies as well as other government offices. For the 24th course CPTU has sought nominations for 30 participants from the different offices along with four target agencies. Such three-week training is the part of 108 such courses to be held in next three years under the PPRP-II. About 3240 officials will be trained under the three-week courses. There are also courses of different duration. In total, more than 10 thousand government officials will be trained in public procurement, said Kazi Jahangir Alam, Director (Rules) of the CPTU. The CPTU is implementing four major tasks under the PPRP-II with a view to making public procurement system in Bangladesh accountable, transparent and well-functioning. The components are; 1. Furthering policy reform and institutionalizing capacity development 2. Strengthening Procurement management at the sectoral level 3. Introducing e-Government Procurement (e-GP) 4. Communication, behavioral change, and social accountability. The objective of the project is to improve performance of the public procurement system progressively in Bangladesh, focusing largely on the key sectoral ministries and targeting their implementing agencies.

Consultative meeting on CBA held

22/12/2009 12:00 AM

December 15, 2009 A consultative meeting on the findings of the communication based assessment (CBA) on the existing communication environment at the government procuring entities and bidding community was held at the Hotel Lake Castle by the Bangladesh Center for Communication Programs (BCCP) on December 15, 2009. Md Abdul Malek, Secretary of the Implementation Monitoring and Evaluation Division (IMED) was present at the meeting as the chief guest. Amulya Kumar Debnath, Director General, Central Procurement Technical Unit (CPTU) of IMED, Dr Zafrul Islam, Lead Procurement Specialist of the World Bank, Dhaka, Mohammad Shahjahan, Chief Executive Officer of BCCP, were also present on the occasion. BCCP is carrying out the social awareness campaign and communication activities on public procurement under Public Procurement Reform Project-II as the Social Awareness Campaign and Communication (SACC) Consultant of the CPTU. The Local Government Engineering Department (LGED), Roads and Highways Department (RHD), Bangladesh Water Development Board (BWDB) and Rural Electrification Board (REB) are considered four target agencies under the PPRP-II. Officials from different government entities, members of the bidding community, representative of the Bangladesh Association of Construction Industry (BACI), CPTU officials and consultants and others from the target agencies attended the consultative meeting. The consultative meeting was aimed at sharing, validating and finalizing the observations and findings gathered from the field level by the BCCP. As part of the CBA, BCCP interviewed, under a structured questionnaire, a total of 67 respondents in Dhaka and four other divisions. The respondents include procuring officials, local government officials, project implementation officers, bidding community members, CPTU officials and consultants. Accommodating the observations and suggestions of the participants at the consultative meeting, BCCP will submit the final report to CPTU. Another broad based opinion research on public procurement will be conducted by BCCP across the country on a sample basis which will include all relevant stakeholders of public procurement. A comprehensive communication strategy will be formulated to address the issues of public procurement on the basis of the findings of the CBA and the OR.

21st three-week training course on public procurement ends: 22nd begins Dec 6, 2009

24/11/2009 12:00 AM

Thursday, November 19, 2009 The 21st three-week residential training course on procurement of goods, works and services organized by the Central Procurement Technical Unit (CPTU), IMED, Ministry of Planning, that began on November 1,(Sunday), 2009 at the Engineering Staff College Bangladesh (ESCB) at Bausia in Munshiganj district, ended on November 19(Thursday), 2009. The 22nd course, scheduled for November 15, 2009, has been shifted due to Eid holiday hangover. It would now start on December 6, 2009 and end on December 24, 2009. The Eid-ul-Azha will be celebrated on November 28, 2009 (Saturday). The three-week residential training courses are being held under the auspices of the Public Procurement Reform Project –II (PPRP-II) for the government officials involved in procurement activities. The Local Government Engineering Department (LGED), Roads and Highways Department (RHD), Bangladesh Water Development Board (BWDB) and Rural Electrification Board (REB) are considered four target agencies under the PPRP-II. A total of 20 participants took part in the 21st three-week training course. Of them 10 were from four target agencies (RHD-1, LGED-4, BWDB-2, REB-3) and the rest 10 from other government entities comprising Public Works Department-3, Department of Livestock-2, Ministry of Finance-1, Ministry of Communications-1, Power Development Board-2, Dhaka Power Distribution Company Ltd.-1. Such three-week training is the part of 108 such courses to be held in next three years under the PPRP-II. About 3240 officials will be trained under the three-week courses. There are also courses of different duration. In total, more than 10 thousand government officials will be trained in public procurement, said Kazi Jahangir Alam, Director (Rules) of the CPTU. The CPTU is implementing four major tasks under the PPRP-II with a view to making public procurement system in Bangladesh accountable, transparent and well-functioning. The components are; 1. Furthering policy reform and institutionalizing capacity development 2. Strengthening Procurement management at the sectoral level 3. Introducing e-Government Procurement (e-GP) 4. Communication, behavioral change, and social accountability. The objective of the project is to improve performance of the public procurement system progressively in Bangladesh, focusing largely on the key sectoral ministries and targeting their implementing agencies.

21st training course begins November 1 and 22nd Nov 15, 2009

29/10/2009 12:00 AM

The 21st three-week residential training course on public procurement of goods, works and services organized by the Central Procurement Technical Unit (CPTU), IMED of the Ministry of Planning began on November 1,(Sunday), 2009 at the Engineering Staff College Bangladesh (ESCB) at Bausia in Munshiganj district. The training course would conclude on November 19, 2009. The 22nd course also began on November 15, 2009 and will end on December 3, 2009. Government officials of different entities who are involved in procurement activities are taking part in such training courses being conducted under the PPRP-II. Participants also include those from the four target agencies such as LGED, RHD, REB and BWDB.

20th training course on public procurement begins

22/10/2009 12:00 AM

The 20th three-week residential training course on public procurement of goods, works and services organized by the Central Procurement Technical Unit (CPTU), IMED of the Ministry of Planning, began on October 25(Sunday), 2009 at the Engineering Staff College Bangladesh (ESCB) at Bausia in Munshiganj district. The training course would conclude on November 12, 2009. A total of 30 officials from different government offices, including one from the Central Procurement Technical Unit, are taking part in the 20th training course on public procurement, said Engineer Saeedur Rahman, Senior Training Specialist of the ESCB. Such three-week trainings under the Public Procurement Reform Project (PPRP-II) are the part of 108 such courses to be held in next three years. About 3240 officials will be trained under the three-week courses. There are also courses of different duration, said Kazi Jahangir Alam, Director of the CPTU. The Local Government Engineering Department (LGED), Roads and Highways Department (RHD), Bangladesh Water Development Board (BWDB) and Rural Electrification Board (REB) are four target agencies considered under this reform project. Officials from DPDCL, PWD, Laksham Pourashava, Department of Livestock, PDB, Finance Division, DESCO, CPTU and those of 4 target agencies are taking part in the 20th course. The CPTU is implementing four major tasks under the PPRP-II with a view to making public procurement system in Bangladesh efficient, transparent and well-functioning. The components are; 1. Furthering policy reform and institutionalizing capacity development 2. Strengthening Procurement management at the sectoral level 3. Introducing e-Government Procurement (e-GP) 4. Communication, behavioral change, and social accountability. The objective of the project is to improve performance of the public procurement system progressively in Bangladesh, focusing largely on the key sectoral ministries and targeting their implementing agencies.

Contract signed with IGS (Date: 01-10-2009)

05/10/2009 12:00 AM

A contract for providing expert and support services to the Public –Private Stakeholders Committee (PPSC) was signed with the Central Procurement Technical Unit (CPTU), IMED of the Ministry of Planning on October 01, 2009. Director General of CPTU Amulya Kumar Debnath and Treasurer of the BRAC University Sukhendra K Sarkar signed the contract on behalf of their respective sides. Under the contract, the Institute of the Governance Studies (IGS) of the BRAC University will provide expert and support services to the PPSC under the Public Procurement Reform Project (PPRP-II). The component 4 of the PPRP-II involves the initiation of a long- term process of engaging civil society, think-tanks and the private sector in monitoring the implementation of procurement rules and procedures being followed, and the procurement outcomes. With a view to ensuring social accountability in the process of public procurement, the IGS during their four-year contract period will devise a third-party monitoring mechanism involving the relevant stakeholders. They will arrange quarterly meetings for the PPSC, carry out impact assessment on PPA-2006 and the PPR-2008, case studies, seminar, workshops, small -group discussions, prepare policy notes, bring out quarterly newsletters etc. as per the contract. The PPSC comprises representatives from both public and private sectors including media, civil society, business community and think-tanks. The CPTU is implementing four major tasks under the PPRP-II with a view to making public procurement system accountable, transparent and well-functioning. The components are; 1. Furthering policy reform and institutionalizing capacity development 2. Strengthening Procurement management at the sectoral level 3. Introducing e-Government Procurement (e-GP) 4. Communication, behavioral change, and social accountability. The objective of the project is to improve performance of the public procurement system progressively in Bangladesh, focusing largely on the key sectoral ministries and targeting their implementing agencies.

19th training course on public procurement begins

28/09/2009 12:00 AM

The 19th three-week residential training course on public procurement under PPRP-II began on October 4, 2009 at the Engineering Staff College Bangladesh at Bausia, Gazaria thana in Munshiganj district. Organized by the Central Procurement Technical Unit of IMED under the Ministry of Planning, about 30 officials from different government offices are taking part in the training on procurement of goods, works and services. The Local Government Engineering Department (LGED), Roads and Highways Department (RHD), Bangladesh Water development Board (BWDB) and Rural Electrification Board (REB) are considered four target agencies under the PPRP-II. Apart from the target agencies, participants from the Ministry of Education, Primary and Mass Education Division, Public Works Department (PWD), Central Medical Stores Depot (CMSD), Construction Management and Maintenance Unit (CMMU), Bangladesh Power development Board (PDB), Power Grid Company of Bangladesh (PGCB), Dhaka Power Distribution Company Ltd (DPDCL), Dhaka Electricity supply Company (DESCO) and Power Cell of Power Division are taking part in the training. Such three-week trainings under the Public Procurement Reform Project-II are the part of 108 such courses to be held in next three years. About 3240 officials will be trained under the three-week courses. There are also courses of different duration, said Kazi Jahangir Alam, Director of the CPTU. The CPTU is implementing four major tasks under the PPRP-II with a view to making public procurement system in Bangladesh accountable, transparent and well-functioning. The components are; 1. Furthering policy reform and institutionalizing capacity development 2. Strengthening Procurement management at the sectoral level 3. Introducing e-Government Procurement (e-GP) 4. Communication, behavioral change, and social accountability. The objective of the project is to improve performance of the public procurement system progressively in Bangladesh, focusing largely on the key sectoral ministries and targeting their implementing agencies.

Keep multiple spots, allow mailed bids, Ministries advised on tender dropping

14/09/2009 12:00 AM

The Daily Star Date: 10-09-2009 Staff Correspondent All the ministries have been advised to create scopes for submitting tender schedules at multiple spots and allow sending of the schedules through post to handle obstructions in dropping bid documents. The Central Procurement Technical Unit (CPTU), which monitors the transparency of procurement process and deals with dispute and legal complicacy of the ministries, made the suggestion. The CPTU has recently sent a letter to secretaries of all the ministries and chairmen of sector corporations in this regard. A high official of the CPTU told The Daily Star that miscreants posing as Bangladesh Chhatra League leaders and workers have been restraining contractors from submitting tender schedules in different areas. This would impede government work and compromise quality. The Public Procurement Rules (PPR) has the provision of submitting tender documents at several spots and through post or courier service, he added. The CPTU in its letter suggested keeping open all these options, as it has been noticed that almost all contractors come to submit their schedules on the last date of submission. The letter also said there should be a provision to the effect that anyone can drop tender documents in any of the authorised boxes at multiple locations.

Govt eyes e-procurement

08/08/2009 12:00 AM

The Daily Star Sunday, August 9, 2009 Govt eyes e-procurement Seeks opinion from ministries to introduce the system Rejaul Karim Byron The government has sought opinions from all ministries to finalise e-government procurement (e-GP) system, which is expected to minimise traditional meddling in bidding processes by musclemen. The Central Procurement Technical Unit (CPTU) of Implementation Monitoring and Evaluation Division (IMED) under the planning ministry has sent a letter to 45 ministries and entities to give input on the draft e-GP system in two weeks. "Finalisation of e-GP guideline completely depends on how quick we receive feedback on the draft," says a planning ministry high official. The guideline of the virtual procurement system would be finalised once the stakeholders concerned sent their opinions and suggestions. However, planning ministry insiders say it may take one more year to introduce e-GP fully in purchasing the government"s goods and services. But the e-tendering process would be introduced in some entities in two months. Initially, CPTU will launch e-GP on a pilot basis in four government agencies including the Local Government Engineering Department (LGED), Roads and Highways Department (RHD), Bangladesh Water Development Board (BWDB) and Rural Electrification Board (REB). In association with the World Bank, CPTU has started the groundwork to implement e-GP under the public procurement reforms project-2 (PPRP-2). According to a WB study, Bangladesh"s annual public procurement expenditure is over $3 billion (Tk 20,512 crore). Such figures can obviously attract politically biased interest groups to loot tender boxes by any means, as development expenditure is expected to grow in coming years. In Bangladesh, more than 80 percent of the annual development expenditure is spent mainly on government procurement. The countrywide major development projects are conducted by different agencies starting from the Prime Minister"s Office to local government entities. The CPTU is responsible for monitoring and implementing the law and rules in public procurement. The entity thinks that if the government goes for an online bidding process, no one can exert muscle power. The idea of a virtual bidding process could also save more than 15 percent of the government"s procurement costs, according to the WB study. The e-GP is the use of information and communication technology (ICT), especially the internet, by governments in conducting their dealings with suppliers for the acquisition of work, goods, and consultancy services required by the public sector. It would also connect the government body and the national and international contractors on an online platform, which automates the entire government"s procurement process by introducing centralised registration of contractors, e-tendering, e-contract management system, e-payment, e-signature and e-security. In around 50 countries, e-GP has been proved as an effective tool in the fight against corruption, promotion of integration and stimulation of greater productivity not only at government level but also in small and medium enterprises. The main intention of CPTU is to gradually introduce e-GP in the government"s procurement system and ensure that all stakeholders comply with the Public Procurement Act, 2006 and the Public Rules, 2008.

Electronic procurement by all govt offices by 2011

06/08/2009 12:00 AM

The Financial Express Date: Tuesday July 28 2009 Nazmul Ahsan The government plans to bring all its offices across the country under the electronic government procurement (EGP) system by 2011 with a view to reining in corruption and irregularities and establishing transparency in the bidding process, official sources said. The procurement of all goods and services in the public sector will have to be done through the planned system. The Central Procurement Technical Unit (CPTU) of the Planning Ministry has recently finalized the draft of electronic procurement guidelines and the same would be introduced in at least 15 to 16 government offices by 2009, sources added. An agreement between the CPTU and the Grameenphone, a private mobile phone company, is likely to be signed soon to establish Internet connectivity between government offices in Dhaka and at district headquarters to facilitate e-procurement programme, it is learnt. We have a target to cover all government offices under the e-procurement by 2011,"Amulya Kumar Debnath, director general, CPTU, Planning Ministry, told the FE. Initially 15-16 offices under four government departments will be brought under the new concept of procurement followed by district level offices under the departments concerned." An agreement with the GP will be signed in August to facilitate the process." Sources in the Planning Ministry said, the EGP would be introduced in the offices under the Roads & Highway, Local Government Engineering Department, Bangladesh Water Development Board and Rural Electrification Board, in the first phase. The value of annual procurement of goods and services by four departments is estimated at above Tk 100 billion, sources said. In Bangladesh, more than 80 percent of the annual development expenditure is spent mainly on government procurement. According to the draft of the EGP guidelines, the secrecy of quoted price would be strictly maintained, tendering and evaluation will be done electronically and e-signature has been allowed. The security and dispute resolution will be made electronically. The participating bidders for supplying goods, constructing works or providing services will be informed of procurement and results of the bidding electronically, the guidelines added. The payment for the procurement will also be made electronically while suppliers would also be able pay their performance guarantee money electronically, officials concerned said. The draft guidelines have ensured subscriber services, while record storage system has also been included with the guidelines to protect the legitimate interest of suppliers, sources said. The draft guidelines will soon be placed to the higher authority for approval, a high official in the CPTU said. When asked, a high official in the planning Ministry said the e-tendering under the EGP will ensure all tendering opportunities and award outcomes on a single internet site, open access for all bidding documents and opportunity for customization options.

17th training course on public procurement begins

26/07/2009 12:00 AM

The 17th three-week residential training course on public procurement of goods, works and services organized by the Central Procurement Technical Unit (CPTU), IMED of the Ministry of Planning, began at the Engineering Staff College, Bangladesh (ESCB) at Bausia in Munshiganj district on July 26, 2009 The 16th training course that began on July 12 concluded on July 30, 2009. A total of 28 officials from different government offices are taking part in the 17th training course on public procurement, said Engineer Saeedur Rahman, Senior Training Specialist of the ESCB. Director General of CPTU Amulya Kumar Debnath opened the 17th training course on public procurement on Sunday morning (July 26, 2009). Such three-week trainings under the Public Procurement Reform Project (PPRP-II) are the part of 108 such courses to be held in next three years. About 3240 officials will be trained under the three-week courses. There are also courses of different duration, said Kazi Jahangir Alam, Director of the CPTU. The Local Government Engineering Department (LGED), Roads and Highways Department (RHD), Bangladesh Water Development Board (BWDB) and Rural Electrification Board (REB) are four target agencies considered under this reform project. Officials from Dhaka WASA, Family Planning Directorate, PWD, Ministry of Communications, Jahangir Nagar University and those of the four target agencies are taking part in the 17th course. The CPTU is implementing four major tasks under the PPRP-II with a view to making public procurement system in Bangladesh accountable, transparent and well-functioning. The components are; 1. Furthering policy reform and institutionalizing capacity development 2. Strengthening Procurement management at the sectoral level 3. Introducing e-Government Procurement (e-GP) 4. Communication, behavioral change, and social accountability. The objective of the project is to improve performance of the public procurement system progressively in Bangladesh, focusing largely on the key sectoral ministries and targeting their implementing agencies.

Inception meeting held with SACC

09/08/2009 12:00 AM

Inception meeting held with SACC An inception meeting with Bangladesh Centre for Communication Programs (BCCP), the Social Awareness and Communication Consultant of PPRP-II at CPTU, IMED, was held on July 15, 2009 at the Conference Room of the IMED with Secretary of the IMED, Ministry of Planning, Md. Abdul Malek, in the chair. Director General of CPTU, IMED, Amulya Kumar Debnath, Adviser of PPRP-II AKM Fazlul Karim, PMCs, TWG members, PISCs, PICD members, CPTU officials and consultants, and BCCP team members were present in the meeting.

16th training course on public procurement begins

12/07/2009 12:00 AM

The 16th three-week residential training course on public procurement of goods, works and services organized by the Central Procurement Technical Unit (CPTU), IMED of the Ministry of Planning, began at the Engineering Staff College Bangladesh (ESCB) at Bausia in Munshiganj district on July 12, 2009 It will conclude on July 30, 2009. The 15th training course that began on June 28 concluded on July 16, 2009. A total of 34 officials from different government offices are taking part in the 16th training course on public procurement, said Engineer Saeedur Rahman, Senior Training Specialist of the ESCB. Director General of CPTU Amulya Kumar Debnath opened the 16th training course on public procurement on Sunday morning (July 12, 2009). Such three-week trainings under the Public Procurement Reform Project (PPRP-II) are the part of 108 such courses to be held in next three years. About 3240 officials will be trained under the three-week courses. There are also courses of different duration, said Kazi Jahangir Alam, Director of the CPTU. The Local Government Engineering Department (LGED), Roads and Highways Department (RHD), Bangladesh Water Development Board (BWDB) and Rural Electrification Board (REB) are four target agencies considered under this reform project. Officials from the Bangladesh Television (BTV), Ministry of Commerce, Public Works Department, Central Medical Stores Depot, DC office Meherpur, PDB, CPTU of IMED and those of the target agencies are taking part in the 16th course. The CPTU is implementing four major tasks under the PPRP-II with a view to making public procurement system in Bangladesh accountable, transparent and well-functioning. The components are; 1. Furthering policy reform and institutionalizing capacity development 2. Strengthening Procurement management at the sectoral level 3. Introducing e-Government Procurement (e-GP) 4. Communication, behavioral change, and social accountability. The objective of the project is to improve performance of the public procurement system progressively in Bangladesh, focusing largely on the key sectoral ministries and targeting their implementing agencies.

Three-Week residential training course on public procurement for procurement officials at ESCB up to january, 2010

07/07/2009 12:00 AM

Course No Timeframe -------- ----------- 15th Jun 28---- Jul 16 16Th Jul 12---- Jul 30 17th Jul 26---- Aug 13 18th Aug 02---- Aug 20 19th Sep 27---- Oct 15 20th Oct 04---- Oct 22 21st Oct 25---- Nov 12 22nd Nov 01---- Nov 19 23rd Nov 22---- Dec 10 24th Nov 30---- Dec 17 25th Dec 20---- Jan 07, 2010 26th Dec 27---- Jan 10, 2010

15th training course on public procurement ends July 16, next one starts July 12, 2009

29/06/2009 12:00 AM

The 15th three-week residential training course on public procurement of goods, works and services organized by the Central Procurement Technical Unit (CPTU), IMED of the Ministry of Planning, began at the Engineering Staff College Bangladesh (ESCB) at Bausia in Munshiganj district on June 28, 2009 The training course would conclude on July 16, 2009. The 16th three-week residential training course will start on July 12, 2009, said Kazi Jahangir Alam, Director of CPTU, IMED. The 14th course that began on June 14, 2009 concluded on July 2, 2009. A total of 25 officials from different government offices, including one from the private sector, are taking part in the 15th training course on public procurement, said Engineer Saeedur Rahman, Senior Training Specialist of the ESCB. Such three-week trainings under the Public Procurement Reform Project (PPRP-II) are the part of 108 such courses to be held in next three years. About 3240 officials will be trained under the three-week courses. There are also courses of different duration, said Kazi Jahangir Alam, Director of the CPTU. The Local Government Engineering Department (LGED), Roads and Highways Department (RHD), Bangladesh Water Development Board (BWDB) and Rural Electrification Board (REB) are four target agencies considered under this reform project. Officials from the Bangladesh Television (BTV), Public Works Department, DESCO, ESTSTT, BCIC and those of the target agencies are taking part in the 15th course. The CPTU is implementing four major tasks under the PPRP-II with a view to making public procurement system in Bangladesh accountable, transparent and well-functioning. The components are; 1. Furthering policy reform and institutionalizing capacity development 2. Strengthening Procurement management at the sectoral level 3. Introducing e-Government Procurement (e-GP) 4. Communication, behavioral change, and social accountability. The objective of the project is to improve performance of the public procurement system progressively in Bangladesh, focusing largely on the key sectoral ministries and targeting their implementing agencies.

Learning pros and cons of public procurement Three-week residential training going on at ESCB in phases

25/06/2009 12:00 AM

The Financial Express 23 June, 2009 More than ten thousand officials will be trained in public procurement in three years, writes Md Shafiul Alam “I evaluated tenders as a member of the Tender Evaluation Committee (TEC) and those were done as per the provisions of public procurement act and rules. Sometimes I went through the books of the act and rules; discussed with others concerned and learnt something from them. But my knowledge and learning on the issues were not academic and formal. This also used to make me shaky. I could not be confident,” this was the pre-training observation of Masud Karim, Sub-divisional Engineer of the Roads and Highways Department (RHD). But in the third week of the three-week residential training course on public procurement of goods, works and services organized by the Central Procurement Technical Unit (CPTU) Karim expressed his satisfaction and told this correspondent, “Now I feel myself confident; I understand the nitty-gritty of public procurement act and rules; I now have the capacity of dealing in any issue of public procurement,” claimed a happy Karim who, among 24 government officials, participated in the 13th training course at the Engineering Staff College Bangladesh (ESCB) at Bausia, Gazaria in Munshiganj district in June, 2009. While the 13th training course on public procurement was at its last stage on June 14, 2009 at a hall of the ESCB, the Director general of CPTU Amulya Kumar Debnath was opening the 14th course in another hall where 29 officers gathered to participate in the three-week course scheduled to end on July 2, 2009. The DG, as in previous courses, presented an overview of the training, reforms in public procurement, Public Procurement Act-2006 and Public Procurement Rules-2008 and other aspects before the participants. “He said implementation of any project on schedule is very important, because the public money is invested for the benefit of the people. So this should be effective and fruitful. If the process is delayed, it will cost more and the purpose of public procurement will not be served.” Amulya Kumar Debnath said if the planning and other preparation of any project involve 20 per cent of the activities the rest 80 per cent lie in its implementation. “So you should be equipped well with the act, rules and procedures of public procurement as it constitutes almost 80 per cent of the development expenditures under the Annual Development Program (ADP).” Fineurop SPA and the ESCB are carrying out the Project Implementation and Capacity Development on behalf of the CPTU under the Public Procurement Reform Project (PPRP)-II. The PICD is the first component of the project. Under this component, the phase-wise training program for government officials, particularly those dealing in public procurement, commenced on March 10, 2008, said Liam Heavin, Team Leader of the Fineurop. Dean of the ESCB ARM Anwar Hossain said,” The three-week training is residential and comprehensive. It is of international standard. Trainees here have to abide by certain instructions. Library for study, indoor-outdoor games, newspapers, television and sightseeing are available here. The environment of the ESCB campus is so natural and quiet that the trainees feel at home while they are trained for three weeks. They can also visit their families at home in the weekend. He said the participants are also given per diem and all sorts of relevant training materials. Our target is to create a big workforce of efficient procuring officials, he observed. The participants also expressed satisfaction at the quality of service, foods, boarding and other facilities provided by the ESCB. In every month one course opens and the other ends. Kazi Jahangir Alam, Director of CPTU, looks after the training on public procurement. He said, “Such three-week trainings under the Public Procurement Reform Project (PPRP-II) are the part of 108 such courses to be held in next three years. About 3240 officials will be trained under the three-week courses. There are also courses of different duration. In total more than ten thousand officials will be trained in public procurement.” The Local Government Engineering Department (LGED), Roads and Highways Department (RHD), Bangladesh Water Development Board (BWDB) and Rural Electrification Board (REB) are four target agencies considered under this reform project. Hosne Ara Akhter, Deputy Director (Mechanical) of the Bangladesh Railway, a participant in the 14th course, explained the rationale of her joining the training. When asked she said, “At my office I have to deal with some request for quotations (RFQ), Direct Procurement Method (DPM) and others. So I need formal and practical training for which I have come here.” Like Akhter of Bangladesh Railway, other participants also came from Planning Commission, Rural Electrification Board, Local Government and Engineering Department, Water Development Board, Public Works Department, Rajdhani Unnyan Kartripakkha, Bangladesh Chemical Industries Corporation, Dhaka WASA, Ministry of Social Welfare, Ministry of Housing and Public Works, Padma Multi-purpose Bridge Authority, Film Archive Department, Social Welfare Department, and Roads and Highways. “We want to make the endeavor a success because efficient handling of government purchases depends on the skill and knowledge of the procuring officials of different ministries and divisions of the government”, said the Dean of the ESCB. Salma Akhter, now a senior faculty trainer at ESCB and former deputy chief engineer of Mongla Port, was imparting training to the participants of the 13th batch. Her easy-going before the participants made the session lively and interesting. Such a lucid and practical was his deliberation that the trainees feel at home to exercise even some complex parts of public procurement. With about 30 years of experience at the port she also served as project director of several projects where she had to procure so many goods, works and services. She was mentioning one situation after another relating to public procurement process like provisional sums in works and performance security etc and asking all the participants what were the common practices done by them. As the trainees made their points she asked them to open at pages of the relevant provisions of the PPA and PPR and then check. The trainees found that their actions in some of the cases were not like what they were doing. And now they got corrected. The issue of provisional sums in procuring works was also discussed and all confusions were removed. Saeedur Rahman, Mustafizur Rahman and Rezaur Rahman are the ESCB training specialists on public procurement while Salma Akhter is a senior faculty trainer of ESCB and other trainers are Liaquat, Tarafder Mahmud and Zakir Hossian. Rezaur Rahman and Engineer Liaquat gave some practical exercises on tender validity, notification of awards, performance security to the participants of the 13th batch. The trainees set the dates as per their choice and then came up with their calculations on the board as per the provisions of law on the basis of working days and calendar days. Rezaur and Liaquat said the participants are given practical oriented problems and asked to resolve those within the framework of PPA and PPR provisions. Participants the 13th batch was found to be exercising on the notification of award, performance security, provisional sums etc. “Difference between my pre-training and post-training understanding and knowledge on the issues of public procurement is a lot,” said AKM Shafiquzzaman, Assistant Engineer of Bangladesh Water Development Board and participant of the 13th batch. I had been in tender opening committees and member secretary of tender evaluation committee. This started since my joining. I went through the book of rules, but to know avail. There had also been pressure of other official activities. So I only had surface knowledge on public procurement. It used give me pain, because doing anything without sufficient knowledge is really difficult. I did not have confidence. My understanding was based on secondary sources that lacked reliability. But after the training I am now confident. He said if the soft copies of the modules were given it would help trainees more. There should also be real case based examples in the training, he observed. Golamur Rahman, Executive Engineer and Toufiq Hasan, Assistant Engineer from LGED participated in the 13th batch training. They said they have involved in procurement at LGED for a long time. They have even some training on the Public procurement Regulation 2003. But they did not have sufficient knowledge on the PPA-2006 and PPR-2008. “We have come here to be well equipped on the PPA and PPR provisions. We are satisfied and confident now.” They said some questions and answers in the training may be the same for other batches. So if a question- answer session is made visual it may be displayed for all batches. More case studies may also be presented in the training, they observed. Hafizur Rahman, another participant in the 13th course was from Rural Electrification Board. He is the Assistant Director and looks after socio-economic monitoring and evaluation. He said mainly REB procures works, but some services are also procured. So I have to know details of the PPR and also the donor guidelines to do public procurement activities smoothly. I have benefited tremendously from this training. It would be better if I would get the chance to do any other diploma on public procurement, he observed. In the new 14th batch Md Jashim Uddin, DD of Film Archive, Anisuzzaman, Senior Assistant Chief of Ministry of Housing and Public Works, Anisur Rahman, Assistant Chief of Planning Commission, said they do procurement activities with surface knowledge. But they do not feel confident and some times they become hesitant to take decision as per act and rule. So they have joined the training. The issues of public procurement being taught in the three-week training include, among others, procurement planning, inventory management, approval process, procurement methods, advertisement, JVCA, standard procurement related documents, per-qualification, complaints and appeals, contract administration and management, procurement post-review, procurement practices by major development partners, contract strategy, procurement ethics, supply chain management, preparation of tender data sheet, tender opening and evaluation, approval, award, signing, debriefing, bill of quantities, contract performance, EOI, RFP, TOR, negotiations and so on. Group presentation and exercise for each of the issues are done. The Director General of CPTU said the best five performers in the trainings will be trained further on procurement by the CIPS in the UK. More courses on procurement will be offered by the CIPS in Bangladesh also, he added.

14th training course on public Procurement begins

01/06/2009 12:00 AM

The 14th three-week residential course on public procurement of goods, works and services organized by the Central Procurement Technical Unit (CPTU), IMED of the Ministry of Planning, began at the Engineering Staff College Bangladesh (ESCB) at Bausia in Munshiganj district on June 14, 2009. Director General of CPTU Amulya Kumar Debnath, Dean of ESCB ARM Anwar Hossain, Team Leader of Fineurop Liam Heavin, Faculty trainers Saeedur Rahman and Salma Akhter were present at the opening session of the 14th training course. The training course will conclude on July 02, 2009. The 13th course that began on May 31, 2009 concluded on June 18, 2009. A total of 29 officials from different government offices are taking part in the 14th training course, said the dean of the ESCB. Such three-week trainings under the Public Procurement Reform Project (PPRP-II) are the part of 108 such courses to be held in next three years. About 3240 officials will be trained under the three-week courses. There are also courses of different duration. The Local Government Engineering Department (LGED), Roads and Highways Department (RHD), Bangladesh Water Development Board (BWDB) and Rural Electrification Board (REB) are four target agencies considered under this reform project. Officials from the Ministry of Housing and Public Works, Central Medical Stores Depot, Bangladesh Film Archives, BCIC, PWD, Planning Commission, DPDC, Padma Multi-purpose Bridge Project, Dhaka WASA, Bangladesh Railway and those of the target agencies are taking part in the 14th course. The CPTU is implementing four major tasks under the PPRP-II with a view to making public procurement system in Bangladesh accountable, transparent and well-functioning. The components are; 1. Furthering policy reform and institutionalizing capacity development 2. Strengthening Procurement management at the sectoral level 3. Introducing e-Government Procurement (e-GP) 4. Communication, behavioral change, and social accountability. The objective of the project is to improve performance of the public procurement system progressively in Bangladesh, focusing largely on the key sectoral ministries and targeting their implementing agencies.

12th training course on public procurement going on: 13th one starts on May 31

21/05/2009 12:00 AM

The 12th three-week training course on public procurement of goods, works and services organized by the Central Procurement Technical Unit (CPTU), IMED of the Ministry of Planning, began at the Engineering Staff College Bangladesh (ESCB) at Bausia in Munshiganj district on May 17, 2009 (Sunday). The training course will conclude on June 4, 2009. The 13th three-week course will begin on May 31, 2009. It will conclude on June 20, 2009, said the Dean of the ESCB. A total of 24 officials from different government offices are taking part in the 12th training course, added the Dean. Such three-week trainings under the Public Procurement Reform Project (PPRP-II) are part of 108 courses to be held in next three years. About 3240 officials will be trained under the three-week courses. There are courses of different duration also. The Local Government Engineering Department (LGED), Roads and Highways Department (RHD), Bangladesh Water Development Board (BWDB) and Rural Electrification Board (REB) are four target agencies considered under this reform project. Officials from a municipality in Comilla, Ministry of Housing and Public Works, Ministry of Religious Affairs, BIWTC, BCIC and LGD, and those of the target agencies are taking part in the 12th course. About 30 officials from different government offices are expected to take part in the 13th three-week training course on public procurement. The CPTU is implementing four major tasks under the PPRP-II with a view to making public procurement system in Bangladesh accountable, transparent and well-functioning. The components are; 1. Furthering policy reform and institutionalizing capacity development 2. Strengthening Procurement management at the sectoral level 3. Introducing e-Government Procurement (e-GP) 4. Communication, behavioral change, and social accountability. The objective of the project is to improve performance of the public procurement system progressively in Bangladesh, focusing largely on the key sectoral ministries and targeting their implementing agencies.

Pursuing the PPA and PPR

20/05/2009 12:00 AM

The Financial Express Dhaka, Sunday May 17 2009 M Alam THE consequence of removing the head to get rid of headache beggars description. The same will apply to the public sector procurement if it is stripped of law or rule needed for keeping the bulk spending of the government on track every year. Such an apprehension has cropped up in the concerned circle amid remarks and observations about the Public Procurement Act and the Public Procurement Rules by some incumbent and former functionaries of the present and the previous four-party governments. The public procurement of goods, works and services with public funds by government entities constitutes about 70 per cent of the annual development expenditures. And the value of such procurement amounts to more than three billion US dollars a year. Various development projects are taken up and implemented under the Annual Development Programme (ADP) of the government. The issue of public procurement is linked to implementation of ADP. If the projects are implemented on schedule, the level of ADP implementation will go up. The slow pace of ADP implementation has been a major concern of the previous governments as well as the present grand alliance government led by Awami League. The Implementation, Monitoring and Evaluation Division (IMED) of the Ministry of Planning monitors implementation of ADP. In a recent submission to the government, IMED identified eight major reasons responsible for slow pace of ADP implementation. According to IMED, inadequate manpower is a stumbling-block for ADP implementation. The workforce that handled TK Taka 30 billion (3000 crore) ADP in 1981-82 is still meant for implementation of the ADP of Taka 265 billion (26,500 crore). The other reasons are vacancies in granted positions, lack of logistics support or vehicles, non-compliance with recommendations of monitoring and evaluation report prepared by IMED, lack of training for IMED officials on this, lack of technically skilled personnel for maintaining management information system (MIS) with adequate facilities, non-availability of project related information in time according to notice of the IMED and absence of any structure of IMED at the field level that leads to problem in monitoring and evaluation of a large number of projects across country. IMED also made some recommendations for overcoming the problem of slow pace of ADP implementation. These include giving up the tendency to acquire additional land for projects. If necessary, the land should be acquisitioned at the beginning of the projects while undertaking them justifying their feasibility and taking quick approval of the project, and starting implementation soon after their inclusion in ADP, completion of procurement at the beginning of the year by taking advance plan. Besides, formation of planning wing in the ministries or divisions for the sake of adoption of projects and their monitoring was also recommended. For carrying out public procurement activities, Public Procurement Act (PPA)-2006 and Public Procurement Rules (PPR)-2008 are now in place. Both the act and rules were made effective since January 31, 2008. Many a man now wants to pass the bug on to the PPA and PPR, saying that these are complex in nature and time- consuming that lead to delay in the implementation of projects. But the reality is that timely implementation of projects largely depends on the formulation of a prudent procurement plan in line with domestic realities. It is true that compliance with any new system takes some time and all procuring officials and bidders do not have adequate knowledge on the aspects of PPR. Moreover, human nature tends to opting for the system used over a long period of time notwithstanding its having a lot of disadvantages. Interest groups who used to take advantage of the systematic lapses are also very strong critic of the new law and rules. But that should not be the basis of having public procurement devoid of any law or rules. If the public procurement sector is not governed by any law or rule, who will take the responsibility of spending public funds and what will be the basis of spending money? How accountability and transparency will be maintained? One cannot get ones head removed for headache. The public procurement sector will land in a chaotic and haphazard situation without any legal framework. Because this is public money and ensuring best value for money is a bounden duty of the government. Reforms in the area of public procurement started in 2003 in the wake of huge drainage of public money in absence of any legal policy guidelines. Bangladesh ranked first in the Corruption Perception Index (CPI) of the Transparency International for the five consecutive years since 2001 up to 2006. And unabated corruption in the public sector procurement, among others, is to blame for such a discredit. Public procurement is a governance issue and a well-functioning system can improve governance to a large extent. Before 2003, transparency and accountability in public procurement process has been the biggest casualty. Due to reforms and introduction of Public Procurement Regulation-2003, and later the law and rule, the scope of unfair means has lessened to a great extent. The situation, among other actions, like increase in vigilance of the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) led to significant improvement in the status of Bangladesh in CPI in 2007 and 2008. The PPR is the operating document under the Public Procurement Act (PPA). So, discrepancies, if any, found in the operation of the public procurement process under the PPR can be settled upon discussion. The government has already initiated the process of adjustment in the provisions of the PPR. In a recent meeting, the National Economic Council (NEC), with the Prime Minister in the chair held that the PPR should be amended through a committee to be constituted under IMED taking representatives from the ministries and divisions associated with the mid-term budgetary framework(MTBF) and the report should be submitted directly to her. This committee is yet to be constituted. For the sake of increase in ADP utilisation, the IMED and the Central Procurement Technical Unit (CPTU) have formed another committee in connection with adjustment in the PPR. It held several meetings to finalise its recommendations on the basis of observations received from different government entities. Such adjustment can be done as per need of the time. But there must be a law and associated rules for maintaining the public procurement system in the country, because efficiency, transparency, accountability and fairness are the basic principles of the PPA. If it is implemented in its right perspective and understanding can be raised, the level of ADP implementation and well-functioning of the public procurement system can be enhanced. All the necessary activities are in progress towards that goal under the Public Procurement Reform Project-II. Under four components of this project, reforms in public procurement system is being implemented. It is expected that after the implementation, knowledge and skills of all concerned will increase and the system will get a good ground. But the PPA and the PPR are not to blame solely for slow pace of ADP implementation. Rather transparency and accountability have been ensured in the provisions of the law and the rule. Nowadays a common allegation against the PPR is that there is a scope to award contract to the highest bidder, instead of the lowest one on the ground of qualification. And this way government has to count huge extra money for public procurement. But what will happen if the less qualified bidder is awarded the job? Then loss will be on two fronts. On the one hand, money will be wasted and the other hand, the quality will suffer. That means the purpose of public procurement will not be served. Every safeguard is ensured in the PPA and this law provides such flexibility in the area of public procurement that the government can follow any method for procurement under its purview. Only requirement is that the adoption of that particular method has to be approved by the appropriate authority under logical grounds on record. And the other day the present government has done the same for importing five essential items to keep their prices stable during the month of Ramadan. The government deserves appreciation for the timely decision as the price hike of these items during Ramadan exacts a heavy toll on the common man. The government took the decision for direct purchase of five essentials for one year through Trading Corporation of Bangladesh (TCB) without changing, relaxing or modifying any single provision of the PPR. In the meeting of the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs headed by the Finance Minister it was decided that under the provision 76(2) of the PPR the TCB will procure the essentials directly. This method does not require floatation of any formal tender but price quotation will be needed. It is clearly mentioned in the provision 68 of the PPA that the government can opt for direct purchase in the shortest possible time or any other method for public procurement in case of emergency, disastrous situation or in public interest as per the recommendation of the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA). Regarding the TCB, the CCEA recommended direct purchase of the essentials for one year in public interest. But in the next morning what appeared in all but one newspaper is interesting. The newspapers made headline that PPR is relaxed, TCB exempted of PPR provisions, PPR provisions changed and so on. Only the daily Amader Somoy in its content rightly quoted the Finance Minister as saying that without any change, the government took the decision for direct procurement by the TCB under the provision 76(2) of the PPR. At the same time, the Finance Minister said that some provisions of the PPR would be modified and this would be done soon. Since PPR is the operating document under the law, the government can modify it under the executive order through consultation. Media does not have enough time to look into the provisions of the PPR and then write spot reports like that of TCB. But for filing exclusive reports the PPA and the PPR should be consulted to justify any observations of any sources. Only wholesale comments can be the part of media reports as far as the journalistic ethics are concerned. If one says that the Public Recurrent Act (PPA) and the Public Procurement Rules (PPR) are not good that cannot be taken into cognizance, it has to be specified then which part or provision is not good and how it can be replaced with sufficient justification, of course. Because transparency in the process of public procurement cannot be compromised with any motivation. Under the Communication and Behavior Change component of the PPRP-II, a wide awareness campaign and training for all concerned, including the mass media, is going to be launched soon to overcome such shortcomings. Now let us see the background of the reform in public procurement process and why it was felt necessary. Before 2003, public procurement activities used to be carried out as per the formats 2911/2908 prepared during the British period and the Purchase Manual formulated during the World War II. Later, public procurement continued with some incremental changes at times and inadequate guidelines of Economic Relations Division (ERD) in 1992. But there was no competent and comprehensive policy or rule for public procurement. Goods, public works and services now procured in the public sector are more complex in nature than before and the fact is that the old system of purchase could no more work. In order to infuse dynamism, ensure transparency and accountability, and raise capacity of the concerned in the activities of public procurement, the Government of Bangladesh and the World Bank jointly took an initiative in May, 1998 to formulate a Country Procurement Assessment Report (CPAR). The activities of CPAR were carried out mainly from January 1999 up to December 1999. The report of the CPAR was finalised on September 6 in 2000. The main lapses and weaknesses identified by CPAR in the affairs of public procurement are: • Absence of sound legal framework governing public sector procurement; • Complex bureaucratic procedures causing delay; • Lack of adequate professional competence of staff to manage public procurement; • Generally poor quality tender documents and tender evaluation; • Ineffective administration of contracts; • Absence of adequate mechanisms for ensuring transparency and accountability; The Public Procurement Reform activities were adopted with the assistance of the World Bank as per the decision of the Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (ECNEC) meeting held with the Prime Minister in the chair on February 06, 2001, considering comments of different ministries/ departments and development partners on the Action Plan of the CPAR report. The decision to implement Public procurement Reform Project (PPRP) and establish Central Procurement Technical Unit (CPTU) was made in the above mentioned ECNEC meeting. Accordingly, the uniform standard Public Procurement Regulation- 2003 was formulated / promulgated and made effective. The fundamental objectives of the regulation were: (i) Raising efficiency in the activities of public procurement; (ii) Ensuring transparency and accountability; (iii) Ensuring equal treatment to all bidders and neutrality in the activities of public procurement; (iv) Encouraging competition among bidders; (v) Creating a business-friendly environment in the country; (vi) Achieving the best value for money and; (vii) Introducing a standard quality regulation in public procurement for all organisations in the public sector. Later, to be in conversant with international practices, donor community, ensure international standard and to make procurement system easier and modern, the Public Procurement Act was passed by the Parliament on July 02, 2006 ( 24th law of 2006). Under the Clause 1(2) of the law, the Public Procurement Rules-2008 was made effective from January 31, 2008. The advantages achieved from the Public Procurement Act (PPA) and the Public Procurement Rules (PPR) are: * Economy/ efficiency/ transparency/ fairness ensured; * Application of standard tender documents(STDs) in all domestic and international purchases ensured; * Framework contract has been envisaged instead of repeated invitation of tenders for the same goods; * Pre-qualification criteria has been exempted for the procurement worth up to Taka 350 million (35 crore) so that the general bidders and suppliers are not deprived; * For procuring essential food items in the shortest possible time, provisions have been made for international quotation system and low-level tender security; * The provision of administrative complaint and review panel has also been made for the bidders aggrieved in the process of public procurement; * The provision has been made for introducing e-government procurement (e-GP/ online tendering) to make pubic procurement process transparent and free from any influence; and * Above all, to tackle any disastrous situation, or in the interest of the state and the people, the government can carry out public procurement under the direct or any other convenient procurement method by following the clause 68 of the Public Procurement Act(PPA) 2006.

First- ever TV show on public procurement

11/05/2009 12:00 AM

The first- ever television talk show on the issues of public procurement was aired by the Bangladesh Television (BTV) at 10:55 am on May 6, 2009 (Wednesday). The BTV aired the programme for 25 minutes. It would be telecast once a month as per the Bengali calendar on the BTV. According to BTV sources, airing time of the programme would be changed from the next month as the target viewers like government officials and bidding community members can conveniently watch it in the weekend. Secretary of IMED Md Abdul Malek, Director General of Central Procurement Technical Unit Amulya Kumar Debnath and former DG of CPTU AKM Fazlul Karim took part in the discussion in the first episode on the roles of IMED, CPTU and different aspects of public procurement reforms, the Public Procurement Act (PPA) and the Public Procurement Rules (PPR) etc. The BTV programme was moderated by Communication and Social Awareness Consultant of CPTU Md Shafiul Alam. Comments about it can be sent to the Producer, Ganokhate Kroy, Room No: 309, Bangladesh Television, Television Bhaban, Rampura, Dhaka-1219, or info@cptu.gov.bd Another talk show titled Sarkari Khate Kroy or public procurement is underway on ATN Bangla, a private television channel in Bangladesh.

11th course on public procurement begins

28/04/2009 12:00 AM

The 11th three-week training course on public procurement of goods, works and services organized by the Central Procurement Technical Unit (CPTU), IMED of the Ministry of Planning, began at the Engineering Staff College Bangladesh (ESCB) at Bausia in Munshiganj district on May 03, 2009 The training course will conclude on May 21, 2009. The 10th course began on April 19, 2009 and it concluded on May 07, 2009. A total of 22 officials from different government offices took part in the 10th training course, said the dean of the ESCB. Such three-week trainings under the Public Procurement Reform Project (PPRP-II) are the part of 108 such courses to be held in next three years. About 3240 officials will be trained under the three-week courses. There are also courses of different duration. The Local Government Engineering Department (LGED), Roads and Highways Department (RHD), Bangladesh Water Development Board (BWDB) and Rural Electrification Board (REB) are four target agencies considered under this reform project. Officials from Public Works Department, Central Medical Stores Depot, Department of Livestock, PLCEHD-II, Planning Commission, CMMU, Petrobangla and those of the target agencies attended the 10th course. Officials from Urban Development Directorate, Bhasani Novo Theatre, Marine Fisheries Academy, Planning Commission, Ministry of Post and Telecommunications, Power Division, Ministry of Public Works and four target agencies are taking part in the 11th course. The CPTU is implementing four major tasks under the PPRP-II with a view to making public procurement system in Bangladesh accountable, transparent and well-functioning. The components are; 1. Furthering policy reform and institutionalizing capacity development 2. Strengthening Procurement management at the sectoral level 3. Introducing e-Government Procurement (e-GP) 4. Communication, behavioral change, and social accountability. The objective of the project is to improve performance of the public procurement system progressively in Bangladesh, focusing largely on the key sectoral ministries and targeting their implementing agencies.

Ninth training course on public procurement begins: Next course starts Apr 19

05/04/2009 12:00 AM

The ninth three-week training course on public procurement of goods, works and services organized by the Central Procurement Technical Unit (CPTU), IMED of the Ministry of Planning, began at the Engineering Staff College Bangladesh (ESCB) at Bausia in Munshiganj district on April 05, 2009 (Sunday). The training course will conclude on April 23, 2009. The 10th course will begin on April 19 and conclude on May 07, 2009. Dean of the Faculty of Procurement and Supplies of ESCB Engineer ARM Anwar Hossain, ESCB Rector MA Hannan, World Bank Regional Procurement Manager of South Asia Region Procurement Services Nadjib Sefta, Lead Procurement Specialist and Task Team Leader of the country office Dr Zafrul Islam, Procurement Reform Implementation Adviser (PRIA) of CPTU AKM Fazlul Karim, Director (Rules and Training) Kazi Jahangir Alam, PICD Team Leader Liam Heavin and other faculty members were present at the inaugural session on Sunday morning A total of 26 officials from different government offices are taking part in the training program, said the dean of the ESCB. The ninth three-week training under the Public Procurement Reform Project (PPRP-II) is part of 108 such courses to be held in next three years. About 3240 officials will be trained under the three-week courses. There are also courses of different duration. The Local Government Engineering Department (LGED), Roads and Highways Department (RHD), Bangladesh Water Development Board (BWDB) and Rural Electrification Board (REB) are four target agencies considered under this reform project. Officials from Public Works Department, Central Medical Stores Depot, Planning Division, Bangladesh Diesel Plant Ltd, DESCO and those of the target agencies are taking part in the ninth course. The CPTU is implementing four major tasks under the PPRP-II with a view to making public procurement system in Bangladesh accountable, transparent and well-functioning. The components are; 1. Furthering policy reform and institutionalizing capacity development 2. Strengthening Procurement management at the sectoral level 3. Introducing e-Government Procurement (e-GP) 4. Communication, behavioral change, and social accountability. The objective of the project is to improve performance of the public procurement system progressively in Bangladesh, focusing largely on the key sectoral ministries and targeting their implementing agencies.

PPRP-II in News ( See details in publication menu)

08/03/2009 12:00 AM

PPRP-II in News See publication menu The Daily Star Seventh training course on public procurement begins Date: 09-03-2009 Prothom Alo Three- week course on public procurement begins Date: 09-03-2009 The Financial Express Training on public procurement begins Date: 09-03-2009 The Daily Star E-purchase to check rigged bids Date: 23-02-2009 The Daily Star Training on public procurement begins Date: 23-02-2009 Prothom Alo Three-week training on public procurement begins Date: 23-02-2009 The Financial Express Three-week training on public procurement begins Date: 23-02-2009 The Daily Janakantha Training on public procurement begins Date: 23-02-2009 Samakal Training on simplifying govt purchase Date: 23-02-2009 The New Nation e-GP to free public procurement from influence Date: 13-02-2009 The Banglabazar Patrika Preparation to introduce e-GP Date: 12-02-2009 The Daily Star Fifth training on public procurement begins Date: 10-02-2009 The Financial Express Training on public procurement begins Date: 09-02-2009 New Age Govt. plans to float tenders online Date:07-02-2009 Dainik Inqilab e-GP under process to stop influencing govt. purchase Date: 01-02-2009 Samakal Govt. purchase to go online Date: 27-01-2009 The Financial Express e-Government procurement underway Date: 26-01-2009 The News Today Training on public procurement begins Date: 09-01-2009 13 dailies(English and Bengali) Compliance with PPA-2006 and PPR-2008 In January 2009 The Independent Institutionalizing procurement capacity going on Date: 27-10-2008 The Financial Express Training course on procurement opens Date: 27-10-2008 The News Today Training on public procurement begins today Date: 26-10-2008 Prothom Alo Date: 26-10-2008 Three-week training course on public procurement begins today The Financial Express Training on public procurement begins today Date: 26-10-2008 The Daily Star Training on public procurement begins today Date: 26-10-2008 The Financial Express World Bank Review Mission meet held Date: 26-08-2008 Nayadiganta Training on act, rules of public procurement held Date: 18-08-2008 The News Today Date:16-08-2008 Well-functioning, transparent procurement system stressed The Daily Janakantha Photo and caption on training on PP Date: 16-08-2008 The Independent Well-functioning procurement system stressed Date: 16-08-2008 The Daily Star Training on public procurement concludes with photo Date: 15-08-2008 The Financial Express Advanced procurement training ends in city with photo Date: 15-08-2008 Manavjamin Bids to go online to stop muscle flexing over tenders Date: 06-04-2009 Amader Somoy Bidders to bid online at home Date: 07-04-2009 The Daily Star Date: 06-05-2009 Talk Show on Public Procurement on BTV The News Today BTV Program on Public Procurement Today Date: 06-05-2009 Bangladesh Television Talk show on public procurement Date: 06-05-2009 Bangladesh Television Talk Show on Public Procurement Date: 10-06-2009 The Daily Star 14th training on Public Procurement begins Date: 14-06-2009 The Financial Express Learning pros and cons of public procurement Date: 23-06-2009 The Daily Banglabazar Patrika Procurement Training off City going on Date: 15-07-2009 Daily Jugantar Some provisions of PPR to be relaxed Date: 22-07-2009 BSS, The New Nation PPR to be simlified to quicken ADP implementation Date: 23-07-2009 BSS, The News Today Govt likely to simplify PPR for quick ADP Date: 23-07-2009 implementation The Financial Express Electronic procurement by all govt offices by 2011 Date: 28-07-2009 Janakantha Muscle Flexing tender dropping to go, Date: 28-07-2009 Online system underway Samakal Online tendering may not be this year Date: 09-08-2009 The Daily Star Govt eyes e-procurement Date: 09-08-2009 The Daily Star Keep multiple spots, allow mailed bids Date: 10-09-2009 The Daily Star The Financial Express Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha United news Of Bangladesh Date: 08-12-2009 Regional workshop on citizen engagement in procurement A three-day regional workshop on strengthening citizen engagement in procurement; reviewing experiences, identifying challenges and exploring opportunities, sponsored by the Affiliated Network on Social Accountability in South Asia (ANSA) and the World Bank, begins at Rajendrapur in Dhaka on December 8, 2009 (Tuesday). The workshop will bring together about 50 participants from Bangladesh, India , Pakistan and Sri Lanka representing a wide cross section of stakeholders-policy makers, civil society practitioners, media networks, development partners and international resource persons from Africa, Latin America and East Asia, according to a press release of the ANSA. The overarching objectives of this learning and sharing event include understanding the state of play in civic engagement in public procurement in the region and discussing the challenges of developing civic engagement in procurement, with a focus on mechanisms of engagement, institution building strategies and partnership with governments. The Financial Express Date: 12-12-2009 The Daily Star Date: 13-12-2009 Citizen engagement in procurement Effective networking among S Asian CSOs stressed Activists of civil society organizations (CSOs) and resource persons from seven countries representing four continents laid emphasis on developing effective networking among them to build capacity to engage in monitoring of public procurement processes and outcomes. They observed that there are commonalities in the environment of South Asian countries for citizen engagement in public procurement. The demand for monitoring procurement issues by CSOs is also growing in the region. Such an observation was made in a regional workshop on strengthening citizen engagement in procurement, reviewing experiences, identifying challenges and exploring opportunities, sponsored by the Affiliated Network on Social Accountability in South Asia (ANSA) and the World Bank. The three-day workshop that began on December 08, 2009 at BRAC Centre for Management Development at Rajendrapur ended on December 10, 2009 (Thursday). The workshop brought together nearly 40 participants from Bangladesh, India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka representing a cross section of stakeholders-policy makers, civil society practitioners, media networks, development partners and international resource persons from Africa, Latin America and East Asia, according to a press release of the ANSA. ANSA, South Asia is housed at the Institute of Governance Studies (IGS) of BRAC University in Bangladesh. The broad objectives of the workshop included understanding the state of play in civic engagement in public procurement in the region and discussing the challenges of developing civic engagement in procurement, with a focus on mechanisms of engagement, institution building strategies and partnership with governments. Pro Vice Chancellor of BRAC University Dr. Golam Samdani Fakir spoke as the chief guest at the concluding session on Thursday, while Barrister Manzoor Hasan, Director, IGS, and Ms. Karen Sirker, Senior Social Development Specialist of the World Bank Institute, were present on the occasion. CPTU Report Date: 15-12-2009 Consultative meeting on CBA held A consultative meeting on the findings of the communication based assessment (CBA) on the existing communication environment at the government procuring entities and bidding community was held at the Hotel Lake Castle by the Bangladesh Center for Communication Programs (BCCP) on December 15, 2009. Md Abdul Malek, Secretary of the Implementation Monitoring and Evaluation Division (IMED) was present at the meeting as the chief guest. Amulya Kumar Debnath, Director General, Central Procurement Technical Unit (CPTU) of IMED, Dr Zafrul Islam, Lead Procurement Specialist of the World Bank, Dhaka, Mohammad Shahjahan, Chief Executive Officer of BCCP, were also present on the occasion. BCCP is carrying out the social awareness campaign and communication activities on public procurement under Public Procurement Reform Project-II as the Social Awareness Campaign and Communication (SACC) Consultant of the CPTU. The Local Government Engineering Department (LGED), Roads and Highways Department (RHD), Bangladesh Water Development Board (BWDB) and Rural Electrification Board (REB) are considered four target agencies under the PPRP-II. Officials from different government entities, members of the bidding community, representative of the Bangladesh Association of Construction Industry (BACI), CPTU officials and consultants and others from the target agencies attended the consultative meeting. The consultative meeting was aimed at sharing, validating and finalizing the observations and findings gathered from the field level by the BCCP. As part of the CBA, BCCP interviewed, under a structured questionnaire, a total of 67 respondents in Dhaka and four other divisions. The respondents include procuring officials, local government officials, project implementation officers, bidding community members, CPTU officials and consultants. Accommodating the observations and suggestions of the participants at the consultative meeting, BCCP will submit the final report to CPTU. Another broad based opinion research on public procurement will be conducted by BCCP across the country on a sample basis which will include all relevant stakeholders of public procurement. A comprehensive communication strategy will be formulated to address the issues of public procurement on the basis of the findings of the CBA and the OR. The Daily Star CPTU upgrades website Date: 10-02-2010 Planning Minister AK Khandker yesterday launched an upgraded website of Central Procurement Technical Unit (CPTU) at a ceremony at Sher-e-Bangla Nagar in Dhaka. The website, www.cptu.gov.bd, has been active since 2003 in a limited scale. The improved site has been launched under the Public Procurement Reform Project-II, CPTU said in a statement yesterday. Considering the importance of the website in the context of the Public Procurement Act-2006 and the Public Procurement Rules 2008 and their amendment in 2009, the CPTU official site has been enhanced in terms of its content, size and quality for public use. The number of key performance indicators on the site has been raised to 45 for compliance with the changes made to PRA-2006 and PPR-2008. Secretary of the Imple-mentation Monitoring and Evaluation Division Md Abdul Malek and CPTU Director General Amulya Kumar Debnath were present

Seventh training course on public procurement begins

08/03/2009 12:00 AM

The seventh three-week training course on public procurement of goods, works and services organized by the Central Procurement Technical Unit (CPTU), IMED of the Ministry of Planning, began at the Engineering Staff College Bangladesh (ESCB) at Bausia in Munshiganj district on March 08, 2009 (Sunday). The training course will conclude on March 25. Earlier the sixth course that began on February 22 will conclude on March 12, 2009. Director General of the CPTU Amulya Kumar Debnath inaugurated the seventh training course on Sunday morning. Dean of the Faculty of Procurement and Supplies, ESCB, Engineer ARM Anwar Hossain, Team Leader Liam Heavin and other faculty members were also present on the occasion. About 28 officials from different government offices are taking part in the training programme, said the dean of the ESCB. The seventh three-week training under the Public Procurement Reform Project (PPRP-II) is the part of 108 such courses to be held in next three years. About 3240 officials will be trained under the three-week courses. There are also courses of different duration. The Local Government Engineering Department (LGED), Roads and Highways Department (RHD), Bangladesh Water Development Board (BWDB) and Rural Electrification Board (REB) are four target agencies considered under this reform project. Officials from Dhaka City Corporation, Central Medical Stores Depot, Bangladesh Chemical Industries Corporation, Dhaka Power Distribution Company Ltd, Dhaka Electricity Supply Company with those of the target agencies are taking part in the seventh course. The CPTU is implementing four major tasks under the PPRP-II with a view to making public procurement system in Bangladesh accountable, transparent and well-functioning. The components are; 1. Furthering policy reform and institutionalizing capacity development 2. Strengthening Procurement management at the sectoral level 3. Introducing e-Government Procurement (e-GP) 4. Communication, behavioral change, and social accountability. The objective of the project is to improve performance of the public procurement system progressively in Bangladesh, focusing largely on the key sectoral ministries and targeting their implementing agencies.

Technology: E-purchase to check rigged bids

23/02/2009 12:00 AM

The Daily Star Monday, February 23, 2009 Technology E-purchase to check rigged bids MD Hasan It has become almost customary that politically-backed groups muscle in on the scene, when the government invites bids for development projects. Political meddling in bidding processes is an open secret. The practice comes to the fore when a political government sits in power. The most recent example of such political interference, reported by the media, was a showdown at the National Sports Council by a political group to grab a development project worth Tk 8 crore. Electronic government procurement (e-GP) shows a way out of the age-old intervention in bidding processes by cartels with political leanings. According to a study by the World Bank, Bangladesh"s annual public procurement expenditure is over $3 billion (Tk 20,512 crore). Such figures can obviously attract politically biased interest groups to loot tender boxes by any means, as development expenditure is expected to grow in coming years. In Bangladesh, more than 80 percent of the annual development expenditure is spent mainly on government procurement. The countrywide major development projects are conducted by different agencies, starting from the Prime Minister"s Office to local government entities. E-GP, one of the government projects, matches the government"s pledge to build a Digital Bangladesh by 2021. The system, if implemented, can save public money and erase political influence from bidding. In association with the World Bank, the Central Procurement Technical Unit (CPTU) has started groundwork to implement e-GP under the public procurement reforms project-2 (PPRP-2). CPTU is responsible for monitoring and implementing the law and rules in public procurement. The entity thinks that if the government goes for an online bidding process, no-one can exert muscle power. The idea of a virtual bidding process could also save more than 15 percent of the government"s procurement costs, according to a World Bank study. Electronic government procurement (e-GP) is the use of information and communication technology (ICT), especially the internet, by governments in conducting their relationships with suppliers for the acquisition of work, goods, and consultancy services required by the public sector. E-GP would also connect the government body and the national and international contractors on an online platform, which automates the entire government"s procurement process by introducing centralised registration of contractors, e-tendering, e-contract management system, e-payments, e-signature and e-security. In around 50 countries, e-GP has been proved as an effective tool in the fight against corruption, the promotion of integration and the stimulation of greater productivity not only at government level, but also in small and medium enterprises. The main intention of CPTU is to gradually introduce e-GP in the government"s procurement system and to ensure all stakeholders comply with the Public Procurement Act-2006 and the Public Rules-2008. One of the major reasons of scuffle during government tendering process is--bidders are not aware of the Public Procurement Act-2006 and the Public Rules-2008. In this case, online bidding can also be platform for study of the procurement policies, observed CPTU officials. Welcoming the initiative, Zahid Hossain, managing director of Mir Akhter Hossain Ltd, one of the major contractors of government works, says the initiative can bring transparency to the government"s procurement system. However, he says, "The tendency of manipulating the tendering process by government officials should be stopped in running e-GP." Contractors who work for implementing the government"s development projects, says paperless bidding may encounter post bid political influences. E-GP requires internet access for the bidders, primarily the major hurdle to implementing the system, followed by acute power crisis. The information technology-lagging nation may take time to adopt the system. But the upside is the system can save the country from numerous causalities over the tendering process. CPTU officials say they are talking with internet service providers, to bring contractors into the internet network. "We are moving cautiously," says Amulya Kumar Debnath, director general of CPTU. “This initiative should be introduced such that no questions arise regarding the process.” He says CPTU will launch e-GP initially on a pilot basis in four government agencies including the Local Government Engineering Department (LGED), Roads and Highways Department (RHD), Bangladesh Water Development Board (BWDB) and Rural Electrification Board (REB), by April 2009. "If the system runs well, without any difficulties, then it will disseminate to other government entities," says Debnath. He says the deciding voice behind the introduction of such a system should come from the bidders community. "If bidders come forward, it will be possible to conduct hassle free bidding by e-GP." Bangladesh has been ranked the world"s most corrupt country for long by Transparency International. One of the major reasons behind corruption, the TIB found, was the government entities" mismanagement of development projects. "With the launch of e-GP, everyone must comply with procurement rules, which will remove corruption," says the CPTU director. To introduce e-GP, the CPTU has already started training government officials to handle the tender processes. However, there is no scope to use online payment when bidders would pay the bid amount. The CPTU says some scheduled banks would conduct the payment. The government is set to launch e-GP on an experimental basis in April. But a setback lingers: red tape. But Finance Minister AMA Muhith"s recent speech that emphasises government procurement through electronic systems raises hope for the launch of the project. hasan@thedailystar.net

Sixth three-week training on public procurement begins

22/02/2009 12:00 AM

The sixth three-week training course on public procurement of goods, works and services organized by the Central Procurement Technical Unit (CPTU), IMED of the Ministry of Planning, began at the Engineering Staff College Bangladesh (ESCB) at Bausia in Munshiganj district on February 22(Sunday), 2009. Dean of the Faculty of Procurement and Supplies, ESCB, Engineer ARM Anwar Hossain, inaugurated the training on Sunday morning. Team Leader Liam Heavin, national trainer Saidur Rahman, senior trainer Salma Akhter C.Eng, and faculty trainer and coordinator Engineer Liaqat were also present on the occasion. A total of 26 officials from different government offices are taking part in the training programme that will conclude on March 10, 2009, said the dean of the ESCB. The sixth three-week training under the Public Procurement Reform Project (PPRP-II) is the part of 108 such courses to be held in next three years. About 3240 officials will be trained under the three-week courses. There are also courses of different duration. The Local Government Engineering Department (LGED), Roads and Highways Department (RHD), Bangladesh Water Development Board (BWDB) and Rural Electrification Board (REB) are four target agencies considered under this reform project. Officials from Dhaka City Corporation, ESCB, IMED, Directorate of Food, Sher-e-Bangla Agricultural University, Family Planning Directorate and Gas Transmission Company Limited along with those of the target agencies are taking part in the sixth course. The CPTU is implementing four major tasks under the PPRP-II with a view to making public procurement system in Bangladesh accountable, transparent and well-functioning. The components are; 1. Furthering policy reform and institutionalizing capacity development 2. Strengthening Procurement management at the sectoral level 3. Introducing e-Government Procurement (e-GP) 4. Communication, behavioral change, and social accountability. The objective of the project is to improve performance of the public procurement system progressively in Bangladesh, focusing largely on the key sectoral ministries and targeting their implementing agencies.

Fifth three-week training on public procurement begins

08/02/2009 12:00 AM

As part of institutionalizing capacity development under the Public Procurement Reform Project-II, the fifth three-week training course on public procurement of goods, works and services organized by the Central Procurement Technical Unit (CPTU), IMED of the Ministry of Planning, began at the Engineering Staff College Bangladesh (ESCB) at Bausia in Munshiganj district on February 08, 2009. Director General of the CPTU Amulya Kumar Debnath, Dean of the Faculty of Procurement and Supplies, ESCB, Engineer ARM Anwar Hossain, Team Leader Liam Heavin and Deputy Team Leader Khaja G Ahmed were present at the inaugural session. Earlier four such courses were held at the ESCB where officials from different procuring entities of the government were trained on the aspects of public procurement. The fourth three-week training course ended on February 5.The fifth three-week training, which will conclude on February 26, is the part of 108 such courses to be held in next three years. About 3240 officials will be trained under the three-week courses. There are also courses of different durations. The Local Government Engineering Department (LGED), Roads and Highways Department (RHD), Bangladesh Water Development Board (BWDB) and Rural Electrification Board (REB) are four target agencies considered under this reform project. Officials from Central Medical Stores Depot, Food Directorate and BRTC along with those of the target agencies are taking part in the fifth course. The total number of participants in the course is 28. Of them one each is from CMSD, Food Directorate, BRTC and ESCB and the rest are from four target agencies. The sixth three-week training course will also begin at the later part of February. The CPTU is implementing four major tasks under the PPRP-II with a view to making public procurement in Bangladesh accountable, transparent and well-functioning. These components are; • Furthering policy reform and institutionalizing capacity development • Strengthening Procurement management at the sectoral level • Introducing e-Government Procurement (e-GP) • Communication, behavioral change, and social accountability The PPRP-II is being implemented by the CPTU); however, a large part of the management and monitoring of procurement reform actions will be implemented by four key sectoral target agencies i.e., Roads and Highways Department (RHD), Local Government Engineering Department (LGED), Rural Electrification Board (REB), and Bangladesh Water Development Board (BWDB). The objective of the project is to improve performance of the public procurement system progressively in Bangladesh, focusing largely on the key sectoral ministries and targeting their implementing agencies.

e-Government Procurement underway

26/01/2009 12:00 AM

The Financial Express Date: 26 January, 2009 FE Report The government has taken up a plan to introduce, in phases, e-Government Procurement (e-GP) to modernize its procurement management. This will help the government to make the procurement management transparent, accountable and faster, according to relevant sources. An expert in e-GP said this will also help enhance the implementation of Annual Development Programme (ADP) and reduce the cost of public procurement largely. According to a study of the World Bank of 2002, the total value of country"s public procurement amounts to more than US3.0 billion a year. The volume of expenditure is expected to increase manifold in the coming years as the country is undergoing more development activities, sources said. With the financial assistance of the World Bank, the Center of Central Procurement Technical Unit (CPTU) of Planning Ministry has started the primary work to implement e-GP under the Public Procurement Reforms Project (PPRP -II). The Local Government Engineering Department (LGED), Roads and Highways (RHD), Bangladesh Water Development Board (BWDB) and Rural Electrification Board (REB) are the four target agencies under the PPRP-II. The e-GP will be introduced in 12 to 16 procuring entities under these four agencies first on a pilot basis. The single end-to-end e-GP solution is one of the four components PPRP-II. The expert said after launching the e-GP public procurement processes all purchase related information will be delivered via a comprehensive integrated platform and e-GP portal. All stakeholders can have equal access to information, opportunities and participation in the procurement processes, he added. The other components of reform programme include furthering policy reform and institutionalizing capacity development; strengthening procurement management at the sectoral level; and communication, behavioral change, and social accountability. As a part of capacity building and institutionalising procurement system in compliance with the Public Procurement Act (PPA)-2006 and the Public Procurement Rules (PPR)-2008, three training courses spanning three weeks each have already been completed. A total of 108 such courses will be held covering over 10 thousand officials. The fourth course is now going on at the Engineering Staff College, Bangladesh at Bausia in Munshiganj district. A broad-based social awareness campaign and communication programme on public procurement reforms, law and rules, and social accountability is also underway. This campaign aims at involving civil society, media, parliamentarians, and other stakeholders in the procurement process to raise awareness in the society. By ensuring social accountability and third party monitoring an environment can be created which ultimately will help ensure a well-functioning public procurement system in Bangladesh, said a communication expert associated with the initiative. e-GP will greatly enhance the monitoring and evaluation framework of a large volume of government expenditure each year and with increase in efficiency of the government"s procurement administration as well as reduce the cost of supplies. e-GP also provides comprehensive management information and reporting system as prescribed in the PPR-2008. Experience in e-GP in many countries shows that these factors combined can produce savings of up to 15 per cent or even more. More than 80 per cent of total development expenditures are spent for public procurement in Bangladesh. More than 50 governments around the world are already using e-GP in one way or other forms. e-GP refers to the many applications of online web-based information technologies to strengthen all aspects of public procurement including for civil works, goods and services. The government recognizes the importance of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) as a key enabler in its economic development and improving the quality of life. Accordingly, the government devised an IT Act 2006 and as well pioneered in preparing an e-Government Vision. e-GP is one of the major initiatives under this vision. The main goal of the present government is to create digital Bangladesh by 2021. e-GP can be a major component of the goal, the expert said. Under the system, the entire public procurement activity undertaken by the government shall be channeled through the e-GP infrastructure in a phased manner, expert said. Efficiency in handling public procurement by the government organizations shall be enhanced through process evolutionary automation and transformation they said adding the system shall enable the government maintain a clear picture of its procurement activities on a real-time basis. By engaging in e-GP, the government catalyzes the supplier community to participate in government procurement opportunities.

Fourth three-week training on public procurement begins on January 18, 2009

07/01/2009 12:00 AM

The fourth three-week training course under Public Procurement Reform Project (PPRP) –II, being implemented by the Central Procurement Technical Unit (CPTU) of Implementation, Monitoring and Evaluation Division, Ministry of Planning, will begin on January 18, 2009. The CPTU will organize the training program. A total of 32 officials from different procuring entities are supposed to take part in the training to be held at the Engineering Staff College, Bangladesh (ESCB) at Bausia, Gazaria in Munishiganj district. It will conclude on February 5, 2009

Third three-week training on public procurement ends January 22, 2009

07/01/2009 12:00 AM

On completion of two three-week training courses on public procurement under Public Procurement Reform Project (PPRP) –II, being implemented by the Central Procurement Technical Unit (CPTU), IMED, Ministry of Planning, the third one began on January 4, 2009. Organized by the CPTU, the training is being held at the Engineering Staff College, Bangladesh (ESCB) at Bausia, Gazaria in Munishiganj district. Director General, Agriculture Sector of IMED, Md Anowar Hossain, inaugurated the three-week training course as the chief guest while Amulya Kumar Debnath, Director General of the CPTU, was present as the special guest. Prof Engineer MA Hannan, Rector of the ESCB, was also present on the occasion. A total of 27 officials from target as well as other procuring entities are taking part in the training that will conclude on January 22, 2009.The first three-week training program under the PPRP-II was held in October, 2008. The second one was held from November 14 to December 3, 2008. About 108 such courses on public procurement will be held in next three years covering over 11000 officials.

Three-week training course on public procurement

26/10/2008 12:00 AM

A comprehensive three-week residential training course on procurement of goods, works and services under Public Procurement Reform Project (PPRP-II), organised by the Central Procurement Technical Unit (CPTU) of the Implementation, Monitoring and Evaluation Division (IMED), Ministry of Planning, began at the Engineering Staff College, Bangladesh (ESCB) at Char Bausia, Gazaria in Munshiganj district on October 26(Sunday), 2008.

World Bank Review Mission meet on PPRP-II held

25/08/2008 12:00 AM

A meeting with the World Bank Review Mission on the progress of Public Procurement Reform Project-11 was held at the conference room of the Implementation, Monitoring and Evaluation Division under the Ministry of Planning, on Monday (August 25, 2008) A nine-member WB Review Mission led by Dr Zafrul Islam, Lead Procurement Specialist, joined the meeting chaired by Amulya Kumar Debnath, Director General of the Central Procurement Technical Unit of IMED. Procurement Monitoring Coordinators, members of the Technical Working Group and consultants under PPRP-11 attended the meeting that elaborately discussed various aspects of the project implementation. The PPRP-11 has four components such as furthering policy reform and institutionalizing capacity development, strengthening procurement management at sectoral level and CPTU/IMED, introducing electronic government procurement and communication and social awareness. Officials from CPTU and four key public entities like RHD, BWDB, LGED and REB also participated in the review meeting.

Well-functioning Procurement System Stressed (Three-day training held in city)

19/08/2008 12:00 AM

Public procurement deserves special attention to take care of the issues of transparency and accountability in procurement process. Abdus Sobahan Sikder, Secretary of the Implementation, Monitoring and Evaluation Division under the Ministry of Planning, said this while speaking at the inaugural session of a three-day specialised procurement training review on the public procurement act and rules. The training started on August 12 and ended on August 14, 2008 at IEB in Dhaka.

Procurement of Generator (51-75 KVA) Complete with Standard tool, accessories

24/01/2008 12:00 AM

Ref:No. DHAKA CANTT/GS SECTION(DTE O O )/LETTER 8038/DARFUR/LOG DT: 17 JANUARY, 2008 Procurement: Procurement of Generator (51-75 KVA) Complete with Standard tool, accessories. 08 nos., Tender Schedule Tk. 1,000.00 Last selling date: 25 January, 2008 Submitted date : 27 January, 2008 at 12:00 PM Opening date : 27 January, 2008 at 01:00 PM Contract: Medium Multirole Logistic Unit-1 (UNMID) Army ST Battalion, Dhaka Cantonment, Dhaka

Selection of Consulting Company/Institution for supply of Manpower

12/01/2008 12:00 AM

Selection of Consulting Company/Institution for appointment of Deputy Director (Finanance & Admin)-1, Accounts Officer-1, Cash Sarker-1, Computer Operator-1 and Driver-4 on outsourcing. Contact: AKM Fazlul Karim, Director General/Division Chief, Central Procurement Technical Unit, IMED, Ministry of Planning, Block-12, Room-29, Sher-e-Bangla Nagar, Dhaka-1207. Tel: 9144252

Request for Application for Selection of Individual Consultants under GED, Planning Commission, Bangladesh

29/11/2007 12:00 AM

Government of the People"s Republic of Bangladesh Planning Commission General Economics Division (GED) National Poverty Focal Point (NPFP) “Preparation of full blown Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper (PRSP) Program" Request for Application for Selection of Individual Consultants Ref: PC/GED/PAM/Sec-1/PRSP-2/47/2007/67 Dated: 28 November 2007 1. The government of Bangladesh has decided to prepare the 2nd Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper (PRSP) of Bangladesh commencing from July 2008 to June 2011. Eighteen thematic papers would be prepared on priority areas as background papers for the 2nd PRSP. Eighteen individual consultants will be recruited to prepare the following 18 thematic papers and 3 core individual consultants will be appointed at the General Economics Division of the Planning Commission for drafting the 2nd PRSP based on 18 thematic papers and other consultation outcomes. The honorarium of the 18 individuals as well as for the 3 core consultants will be borne from a revenue budget funded program titled “Preparation of full blown Poverty Reduction of Bangladesh (PRSP). 2. The ToR (Terms of Reference) of the consultants is: a) to evaluate the implementation status of the strategies included in the NSAPR for the period of FY’05 to FY’07; b) to review the strategies of the respective thematic area included in the NASPR and provide feedback to the thematic committee and the NPFP; c) to participate and contribute to the thematic committee meetings, d) to identify, in consultation with the thematic committee and the NPFP, background studies in the thematic areas and undertake those studies; e) to produce papers/reports in the respective thematic areas based on the output of the thematic committee background studies and any other relevant materials; f) to formulate policy matrices detailing quantitative targets for respective strategic goals; g) to draw-up a monitoring mechanism for existing working group of the respective thematic area; h) to draw-up criteria for selection of programmes /project in the respective thematic areas; and i) to prepare a draft citizen charter for respective thematic area with a time fame for implementation based on priority. 3. Applications are invited from Bangladeshi nationals for appointing 21 individual consultants in the following areas: SL Name of the Thematic Area No. of Consultant Qualification and Experience I. Macroeconomic Management for Pro-poor growth including Financial Sector and Trade Development 01 Ph.D. in Macroeconomics or in related fields having minimum 15 years of research /teaching/ working experience with knowledge on financial sector and international trade and having publications in the international journals on these fields. II. Resources Mobilization (Domestic and Foreign) 01 Masters’ degree in Economics/ Public finance /Business Administration having minimum 15 years of research/teaching experience with knowledge on domestic and foreign resource mobilization and having publications in the international journals on these fields. Candidates with Ph.D. degree in the relevant fields will get preference. III. Improvement of Governance including Civil Service Reforms, Judicial Reforms and Law and Order Improvement 01 Masters’ degree in Public Administration /Law/ Economics or in related field having minimum 15 years of research /teaching/working experience with knowledge on civil and judicial matters and having publications in the international/national journals on these fields. Candidates with Ph.D. degree in the relevant fields will get preference. IV. Health including Nutrition, Sanitation and Population Planning 01 Masters’ degree in Public Health / Health Economics / Demography or in related field having minimum 15 years of research/ teaching/working experience with knowledge on nutrition, sanitation and population Planning issues and having publications in the international/national journals on these fields. Candidates with Ph.D. degree in the relevant fields will get preference. V. Education including primary and mass education , female education, vocational and technical education 01 Masters’ degree in Education Management/ Economics or in related field having minimum 15 years of research/ teaching/working experience with knowledge on primary and mass education , female education, vocational and technical education issues and having publications in the international/national journals on these fields. Candidates with Ph.D. degree in the relevant fields will get preference. VI. Employment Generation and Labor Welfare 01 Masters’ dergee in Labour Economics or in related field having minimum 15 years of research /teaching /working experience in field with knowledge on employment generation and labor welfare issues and having publications in the international /national journals on these fields. Candidates with Ph.D. degree in the relevant fields will get preference. VII. Women"s and Children"s Advancement and Rights including Social inclusion and Empowerment 01 Masters’ degree in Women’s study /Anthropology /Sociology / Economics or in related field having minimum 15 years of research/teaching / working experience with knowledge on women"s and children"s advancement and rights including social inclusion and empowerment issues. Preference would be given to those who have publications in the international/national journals in the related fields. Candidates with Ph.D. degree in the relevant fields will get preference. VIII. Social Safety Net including Food Security, Disaster Management, Micro credit and Rural Development/Non-farm Activities 01 Masters’ degree in Social security/food security/Disaster Management/Micro-credit/ Economics or in related fields having minimum 15 years of research / teaching / working with knowledge on rural development/non-farm activities issues. Preference would be given to those who have publications in the international/national journals in the related fields. Candidates with Ph.D. degree in the relevant fields will get preference. IX. Agriculture (Crops, Fisheries and Livestock) including Forestry" 01 Masters’ degree in Agriculture Economics / Fisheries and Livestock / Forestry / Economics or in related fields having minimum 15 years of research/teaching/working experience with knowledge on crop and non-crop, fisheries and livestock and forestry sector issues. Preference would be given to those who have publications in the international/national journals in the related fields. Candidates with Ph.D. degree in the relevant fields will get preference. X. Land use Management including Land Reform 01 Masters’ degree in Land Economics / Public Administration / Law / Economics or in related fields having minimum 15 years of research/ teaching / working experience. Preference would be given to those who have publications in the international journals in the related fields. Candidates with Ph.D. degree in the relevant fields will get preference. XI. Water Resources Development and Management 01 Master’s degree in Hydrology / Irrigation Engineering / Natural Resource Management / Economics or in related fields having minimum 15 years of research/teaching / working experience with knowledge on water resources development and management issues. Preference would be given to those who have Ph.D. degree and publications in the international/national journals in the related fields. XII. Private Sector Development 01 Master’s degree in Economics/Public Administration/ Business Administration or in related field having minimum 15 years of research/teaching / working experience with knowledge on private sector development. Preference would be given to those who have Ph.D. degree and publications in the international /national journals in the related fields. XIII. Small and Medium Enterprise (SME) Development 01 Master’s Degree in Economics /Public Administration/ Business Administration or in related field having minimum 15 years of research /teaching /working experience with knowledge on SME issues. Preference would be given to those who have Ph.D. degree and publications in the international/national journals in the related fields. XIV. Infrastructural Development including Power, Energy and Communications (Roads, Railways, Ports, Shipping, Inland Water Transport and Telecommunication). 01 Master’s degree in Power/ Communication / Transport Economics /Public Administration / Business Administration/ Civil/Electrical/ communication Engineering or in related fields having minimum 15 years of research/teaching/working experience with knowledge on physical infrastructure development issues. Preference would be given to those who have Ph.D. degree and publications in the international/national journals in the related fields. XV. Technology Policy including Information and Communication Technology 01 Masters’ in ICT/ Information or Communication Economics / Engineering in related fields having minimum 15 years of research /teaching/ working experience with knowledge on technology policy related issues. Preference would be given to those who have Ph.D. degree and publications in the international/national journals in the related fields. XVI. Housing Development (both urban and rural) 01 Master’s in Housing/Civil Engineering/ Economics or in related field having minimum 15 years of research /teaching/ working experience with knowledge on urban and rural housing issues. Preference would be given to those who have Ph.D. degree and publications in the international/national journals in the related fields. XVII. Utility Services Development including Safe Water Supply 01 Master’s Degree in Economics/ Public Administration / Business Administration/ Engineering or in related fields having minimum 15 years of research /teaching/working experience with knowledge on utility services issues. Preference would be given to those who have Ph.D. degree and publications in the international journals in the related fields. XVIII. Environment for Sustainable Development 01 Masters’ degree in Environment Economics or in related field having minimum 15 years of research /teaching/working experience. Preference would be given to those who have Ph.D. degree and publications in the international/national journals in the related fields. Core Consultant at the NPFP XIX Team Leader 01 Ph.D. in Macroeconomics or in related fields having minimum 20 years of research /teaching/working experience with knowledge on preparation of National Mid-term Plan /PRSP/Sectoral Plans etc. Preference would be given to those who have publications in the international/national journals in the related fields. XX. Consultants 02 Ph.D. in Macroeconomics or in related field having minimum 15 years of research/teaching/working experience with knowledge on preparation of National Mid-term Plan/PRSP/Sectoral Plans etc. Preference would be given to those who have publications in the international/national journals in the related fields. 4. Age limit for each post shall be 65 years or below (may be relaxed for person having exceptional skill and experience). 5. The GED/NPFP invites eligible applicants to indicate their interest in providing the services and to provide information/evidence that they are qualified to perform the services. 6. Each Consultant will be selected for preparing a thematic paper/report of the respective thematic area under the guidance and supervision of the concerned thematic committee within 3 (three) months and it is expected that the services will be commenced on 1 January 2008 and shall be completed on 30 March 2008. 7. The 3(three) core consultants will be selected for the GED/NPFP for 6 (six) months for drafting the full 2nd PRSP document and it is expected that their services will be commenced on 1 January 2008 and shall be completed on 30 June 2008. 8. Interested applicants are required to submit their application along with their CVs and may download CV format from the web sites at: www.plancomm.gov.bd and www.pctu.gov.bd or may obtain from the office of the undersigned during normal office hours. 9. Expressions of interest may be submitted by interested Bangladeshi individual consultant in sealed envelope delivered to undersigned, and be clearly marked the name of the thematic area or the position at the GED/NPFP as core consultant by 9 December 2007. 10. The GED/NPFP reserves the right to accept or reject all applications without assigning any reason(s) whatsoever and in such case no compensation will be entertained. Kazi Delwar Hossain Senior Assistant Chief Block - 14; Room – 35 Sher-e-Bangla Nagar Dhaka 1207 Phone: 9117493 Standard Curriculum Vitae (CV) for the individual Consultant 1 PROPOSED POSITION FOR THIS PROJECT [From the list of the Thematic Area, state the Name of the thematic area or positional at the GED/NPFP which the Consultant will be engaged]. 2 NAME OF PERSON [state full name] 3 DATE OF BIRTH 4 NATIONALITY 5 MEMBERSHIP IN PROFESSIONAL SOCIETIES [state rank and name of society and year of attaining that rank]. 6 EDUCATION: [list all the colleges/universities which the consultant attended, stating degrees obtained, and dates, and list any other specialised education of the consultant]. 7 OTHER TRAINING [indicate significant training since degrees under EDUCATION were obtained, which is pertinent to the proposed tasks of the consultant]. 8 LANGUAGES & DEGREE OF PROFICIENCY Language Speaking Reading Writing e.g. English Fluent Excellent Excellent 9 COUNTRIES OF WORK EXPERIENCE 10 TOTAL YEARS OF EXPERIENCE 11 EMPLOYMENT RECORD [starting with present position list in reverse order every employment held and state the start and end dates of each employment] [The Consultant should clearly distinguish whether as an "employee" of the firm or as a "Individual Consultant" or "Advisor" of the firm]. [The Consultant should clearly indicate the Position held and give a brief description of the duties in which the Consultant was involved]. EMPLOYER 1 FROM: [e.g. January 1999] TO: [e.g. December 2001] EMPLOYER 2 FROM: TO: EMPLOYER 3 FROM: TO: EMPLOYER 4 FROM: TO: 12 WORK UNDERTAKEN THAT BEST ILLUSTRATES YOUR CAPABILITY TO HANDLE THIS ASSIGNMENT [give an outline of experience and training most pertinent to tasks on this assignment, with degree of responsibility held. Use about half of a page A4]. 13 PUBLICATION RECORD [give title of the works/study reports/research activities, Name of the Journal (mention National or International), year and date of publication ] CERTIFICATION [Do not amend this Certification]. I, the undersigned, certify that to the best of my knowledge and belief, this bio-data correctly describes myself, my qualifications, and my experience. I understand that any wilful misstatement described herein may lead to my disqualification or dismissal, if engaged. Signature Date of Signing Day/ Month / Year

RENTAL SERVICES FOR UP TO 300 MW POWER PLANT AND OPERATION & MAINTENANCE SERVICES

11/07/2007 12:00 AM

Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh Ministry of Power, Energy & Mineral Resources Power Division Power Cell REQUEST FOR EXPRESSION OF INTEREST for RENTAL SERVICES FOR UP TO 300 MW POWER PLANT AND OPERATION & AINTENANCE SERVICES The Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh has decided to procure rental services for gas based power plants with capacity of up to 300 MW and operation and maintenance services on a fast track basis at different locations for about 3 (three) years. These services will be required by February 2008. Having been authorized by the Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh, the Power Cell, Power Division, Ministry of Power, Energy and Mineral Resources, now invites eligible service providers to indicate their interest in providing the above-mentioned rental and operation and maintenance services to Bangladesh Power Development Board (BPDB). Interested service providers should provide information indicating that they are able to perform the services, by submitting to Power Cell, the evidence of international experience of similar type of services, and an indication that the service provider has barge/skid/trailer mounted power plant in ready stock mentioning the current location of the indicated plant. Based on this information, Power Cell will prepare a list of the potential service providers who will be invited to submit proposals in response to detailed terms of services. The deadline for submission of Expression of Interest shall be July 26, 2007 to the office of the Power Cell mentioned below. The submission shall be by hand delivery or by a courier. (Mohammad Abdul Jalil) Director General Power Cell, Power Division Ministry of Power, Energy and Mineral Resources Govt. of the People"s Republic of Bangladesh Biddyut Bhaban (10th Level) 1, Abdul Gani Road, Dhaka-1000 Bangladesh. Fax No. : 880-2-9572097 E-Mail : dg@powercell.gov.bd Tel. No. : 880-2-9551261

GOVERNMENT CONSTITUTES THREE REVIEW PANELS FOR COMPLAINTS AND APPEALS

17/04/2006 12:00 AM

Government constitutes Three Review Panels for Complaints and Appeals ( ref: letter No. IMED/CPTU/PPRP-0202d/(Part-I)/126 dated: April 5, 2006. ** The Review Panels shall remain in force until further orders by the Government.

ADB/EU Funded Tsunami affected areas Rebuilding project Road Rehabilitation Component Prequalification of Bidders-RDA/TAARP/ADB-EU/ICB/C1,C2,C3 & C4

11/10/2005 12:00 AM

PURCHASE PREQUALIFICATION DOCUMENT: Project Director(ADB Project Division), Road Development Authority,"Sethsiripaya", Sri Jayawardenepura Kotte, Ballaraimulla, SRILANKA. LAST SELLING DATE: 19 October, 2005 DOCUMENT PRICE: NON REFUNDABLE US$ 150 OR SLRS 15000 SUBMISSION: Prequalification application must be delivered in a sealed envelope eith by hand or by registered mail not later than 1400 hrs on 2nd November 2005 to: The Chairman, Cabinet Appointed Tender Board, Ministry of Highways, 9th floor, "Sethsiripaya", Eattaramulla, SRILANKA.

GOVERNMENT CONSTITUTES REVIEW PANEL FOR COMPLAINTS AND APPEALS

28/09/2005 12:00 AM

Government Constitutes Review Panel for Complaints and Appeals (ref: letter No. IMED/ CPTU /PPRP0202d/373 dated 27 August, 2005 issued from Central Procurement Technical Unit (CPTU), IMED, Ministry of Planning). ** The review Panel shall remain in force until further orders by the Government.

STAY ORDER ON DIRECT ADVERTISEMENT GOES

17/04/2005 12:00 AM

Stay order on the application of Regulation 21 of "The Public Procurement Regulations, 2003" and the notification of March 21, 2003 issued from the Prime Minister"s Office was vacated and the Rule discharged by the Hon"ble High Court on 7 March, 2005. Procuring Entities have accordingly been advised to directly advertise their procurement requirements in newspapers in accordance with Regulation 21 of "The Public Procurement Regulations, 2003". (ref: letter No. IMED/ CPTU /PPRP0201e/108 dated 17 March, 2005 issued from Central Procurement Technical Unit (CPTU), IMED, Ministry of Planning).

Notification regarding amendments to the "The Public Procurement Regulations, 2003"

28/12/2004 12:00 AM

The Government made amends to some of the Clauses of the "The Public Procurement Regulations, 2003"

Notification regarding amendments to the "The Procedures for Implementation of the Public Procurement Regulations, 2003"

28/12/2004 12:00 AM

With the issue of the Notification regarding amendments to the "The Public Procurement Regulations, 2003"it became necessary to amend the corresponding Clauses in the "The Public Procurement Regulations, 2003"

The Public Procurement Processing and Approval Procedure (PPPAP)

15/10/2004 12:00 AM

The Public Procurement Processing and Approval Procedure (PPPAP)

Delegation of Financial Powers to Approve Awards of Contract

01/06/2004 12:00 AM

Partial modification of sub-delegation of financial powers order (revenue budget); Partial modification delegation of financial powers for development projects have been approved and Delegation of Financial Powers for Corporations,Autonomous,Semi-Autonomous bodies

Standard Tender Documents

01/06/2004 12:00 AM

Nine (9)Standard Tender Documents (STDs)/Request for Proposals (RFPs) have been finalized. These are the last version and approved by GoB.