e-GP tender invitation crosses 2-lakh mark
The number of tenders invited through e-GP system has crossed 2lakh (0.2 million). On 9 September 2018, such number stood at 200940. The total value of the tenders invited through e-GP on that day was more than 1 lakh 78thousand crore taka (22.25 billion US dollars).
Upon introduction in 2011, the e-GP system has grown very fast. Until 10 September, 1253 out of a total of 1324 procuring agencies were connected to e-GP. The number of tenderers registered with the system stood at 47996 the same day.
About 4 thousand branches of a total of 45 banks having MoU with CPTU are receiving e-GP payments both online and off-line across country. To provide support to all concerned e-GP Help Desk (16575) is working 24/7 at CPTU.
Hon. Planning Minister gives away certificates in IMED training
Hon. Planning Minister A H M Mustafa Kamal FCA MP graced as chief guest the closing ceremony of a training programme organized by the IME Division at its conference room on August 9, 2018.
A total of 23 officers of the Cabinet Division participated in the three-day training titled, “Project Management, Monitoring and Evaluation”.
On the last day there were two sessions relating to public procurement. Director General of CPTU and Additional Secretary Md Faruque Hossain conducted a session on reforms, digitization and management aspects of public procurement.
Director (Coordination & Training) Shish Haider Chowdhury took another one on procedures of public procurement. Public procurement entails a major portion in project implementation and management.
At the concluding ceremony, Hon. Planning Minister was present in the afternoon as the chief guest. Secretary, IME Division, Md Mofizul Islam, presided over the concluding session. The Secretary expressed his gratitude to the Minster for his first-ever presence at any event at the IME Division.
Directors General of various sectors of the IME Division and officers were present on the occasion.
The Planning Minister said, “Activities of IMED are associated with my activities. Project processing, procurement and other issues have taught here. I hope you would utilize the knowledge you (Cabinet Division officers) acquired from here in the last three days.”
He urged all to work with devotion and look at all activities very positively.
“We will reach our goal of 2041 together. We will work together,” he said. Among the 198 countries in the world, Bangladesh was 58th economy 10 years back. Now we are 22nd, the Minister mentioned expressing the hope that Bangladesh’s economy and growth would surpass Malaysia and Australia by 2030.
After the speech, the Minister distributed certificates to the participants of the three-day training.
CPTU signs contract for translating STDs into Bangla
The Central Procurement Technical Unit (CPTU) signed a contract with Micro Industries Development Assistance and Services (MIDAS) on July 30, 2018 for translation of a number of Standard Tender Documents (STDs) into Bangla from English and the Public Procurement Act 2006 and the Public Procurement Rules 2008 (with all amendments) into English from Bangla.
Director General of CPTU and Additional Secretary Md Faruque Hossain and Managing Director of MIDAS Dr. A.S.M Mashi-ur-Rahman signed the contract at CPTU on behalf of their respective organizations.
Under the 5-month contract MIDAS will translate 10 STDs from English into Bangla. The Code No. of the STDs are PG1, PG2, PG3, PG5A, SAFE-A, PW1, PW2A, PW2B, PW3 and SAFE-B.
It will also translate PPA-2006 and the PPR-2008 into English from the existing Bangla versions.
The DG, CPTU said that gradually CPTU would translate other STDs and policy documents relating to public procurement into Bangla for easier understanding of the major stakeholders.
Special mission on assessment of public procurement system begins
A special mission of World Bank and CPTU on the assessment of Bangladesh public procurement system started on 22 July 2018 at CPTU.
The mission will conclude on 2 August 2018. The kick-off meeting was presided over by DG, CPTU and Additional Secretary Md Faruque Hossain. Ishtiak Siddique, Senior Procurement Specialist is leading the WB mission. Dr Zafrul Islam, Lead Procurement Specialist and Peter-Armin Trepte, Lead Legal Procurement Consultant of World Bank, representatives of agencies involved in the assessment process and CPTU officials were present in the meeting.