Speech by the Chair, Mr. A H M Mustafa Kamal FCA MP, Honorable Minister, Ministry of Planning
Speech by the Chair, Mr. A H M Mustafa Kamal FCA MP, Honorable Minister, Ministry of Planning, at the Launching of “Digitizing Implementation Monitoring and Public Procurement Project”
October 25, 2017 at 6:00pm
Radisson Blu Dhaka Water Garden
- Honorable Finance Minister, Mr. Abul Maal Abdul Muhith MP
- Honorable State Minister for Finance & Planning Mr Abdul Mannan MP
- Country Director of the World Bank Bangladesh Mr Qimiao Fan
- Director, Global Governance Practice, World Bank Mr Vinoy Sharma
- Secretary, IMED
- Secretaries of various ministries
- Heads of procuring agencies
- Representatives of business associations
- Representatives of various Development partners
- Members of Civil society
- Members of Print & electronic media
- Ladies and Gentlemen;
Assalamu Alaikum and a very Good Evening.
At the outset I would like to extend my sincere thanks to you all for your enthusiastic participation in today’s launching of DIMAPPP.
Over the last one hour you have heard excellent remarks and speeches by the distinguished guests. You have also witnessed a presentation by the DG, CPTU, signing of a MoU and also launching of CPTU’s new website. I am really grateful to you and particularly to our honourable Finance Minister for his kind presence and valuable words.
Our friends from World Bank are here. They are co-operating the government in various projects and programmes. I appreciate them for their cooperation in our efforts to make public procurement efficient in Bangladesh.
What often I emahasize about public procurement is to minimize the waste of our funds and maximize the utilization. Because our goal for prosperity is set and I am sure we will achieve it as per our roadmap. You see the World Bank and major global forum are recognizing our efforts and progress.
Bangladesh has entered the club of 100 competitive countries of the world, according to World Economic Forum's Global Competitiveness Report 2017-18. We have advanced in Global Hunger Index. Our hardcore poverty rate dropped to 12.9 per cent in 2017 from 17.6 per cent in 2010.
The Vision for a Digital Bangladesh has achieved significant progress and people are now enjoying the benefits of government steps in digitization.
The launching of this project here today is also directed towards digitization of our public procurement. In the current SDG there is a mention of public procurement in 12.7 of the targets to establish sustainable public procurement. The CPTU under the auspices of IMED is responsible for this. Through this project capacity of all concerned will be enhanced in procurement management, e-GP will be expanded further and project monitoring by IMED will also be digitized;.
We face great challenges in ensuring quality implementation of projects. The oversight functions at the agency level need to be strengthened to overcome it.
Ladies and gentlemen;
You have already known the benefits of e-GP in our public procurement. The system is self-compliant with the required parameters of timeliness and monitoring indicators. Therefore, there is no scope for any intentional or unintentional delay in procurement process.
I believe, if we can bring entire public procurement under e-GP system, we can get rid of many hassles and flaws.
In this era of technology, you all are aware that some of Bangladeshi professionals are making significant contributions abroad in various areas. In astrophysics, electronics engineering, physics and health, five innovations by Bangladeshi scientists drew global attention in 2016. I just mentioned these before you to let you know the potentials Bangladesh has.
And I am optimistic we will reach our vision for Digital Bangladesh 2021 and a rich nation by 2041. Our growth records have made us hopeful. With this hope I want to appeal to all procuring agencies to ensure value for public money that you need to ensure right price in right quantity with right quality.
I thank you all for attending today’s launching programme. The project starts with the objective of improving overall management of public procurement. I believe with your support we will be able to make it happen. THANK YOU AGAIN
Briefing on transparency practices in public procurement in Bangladesh at the Third Meeting of TICFA Council to be held between Bangladesh and the USA
The government of Bangladesh has operationalized the Public Procurement Act 2006 and the Public Procurement Rules 2008 to establish greater transparency in spending public funds and improve service delivery. The public procurement regime composed of PPA and PPR has addressed the domestic realities as well as best global practices.
Public procurement management has improved significantly due to adherence to the unified law and rules effective since 2008.
The Public procurement is conducted through a process having some important steps which are recognized as the best practices in achieving a greater degree of transparency, efficiency, economy and effectiveness. Most significant steps ensuring transparency are as follows;
- Public procurement plan at the agency level is taken and made publicity through website much ahead of advertisements for tender notices (Section 11(4) of PPA);
- Advertisements inviting tenders are published in widely circulated two dailies and CPTU website (Section 40 of PPA), published in DG Market/UN Gallery in case of International Tender);
- Tenderers are allowed sufficient time(Rule 61(4) of PPR) to prepare and submit their tenders following different thresholds;
- Clarifications regarding any points of tender conditions are provided to tenderers (Section 45 of PPA) upon their queries;
- Provision for pre-tender meeting exists and based on the feedbacks of the participating tenderers clauses of tender may also be changed to ensure wider competitions (Section 44 (4) of PPA);
- Tender is opened publicly while competitive method is followed (Section 47 of PPA)
- Evaluation is done only on the basis of pre-discussed criteria and documents submitted by the tenderers (Section 48 of PPA).
- Tenderers can also lodge complaints if they are aggrieved by any decision of the procuring entity. They can first lodge complaints at the administrative level of the procuring entity and if not satisfied, to the Review Panel at CPTU (Section 29 & 30 of PPA);
- Contract award information is shared with all contending tenderers (Section 53 of PPA);
- Tenderer may seek the reasons for not awarding him and PE is obliged to let him know (Rule 37 (4) of PPR;
- Procuring entity arranges debriefing session for all participating tenderers after the award where explanation for award and limitations of others are given so that they can overcome in their next attempts.
The above steps are followed to ensure transparency and accountability in the process of public procurement which the GoB has now transformed into a digital domain, ICT based procurement process called e-GP. The digitization has further increased competition, efficiency and removed physical obstructions in the processing of public procurement.
The Central Procurement Technical Unit of Implementation Monitoring and Evaluation Division (IMED), Ministry of Planning, started piloting of electronic government procurement (e-GP) in 2011 in four target agencies.
The agencies are Bangladesh Water Development Board, Bangladesh Rural Electrification Board, Local Government and Engineering Department and Roads and Highways Department.
Building on the successful piloting, e-GP was rolled out to other agencies in 2012. Since then e-GP has seen an exponential growth both in terms of value and volume.
Until May 9, 2017 as many as 1081 out of about 1300 procuring agencies (PAs) were registered. The rest are set to get connected soon. The broad modules of e-GP are Procurement Planning, e-Tendering, e-Contract management & e-Performance Management
Up to May 9, 2017, a total of 32,528 tenderers registered with the e-GP system. More than 95,350 tenders were invited through e-GP system. The total estimated value of such tenders is overTK 84,037 crore.
As per a government decision CPTU is connecting all PAs to e-GP and giving them necessary training for e-GP operation.
The electronic government procurement has been introduced as per 65(1) of the Public Procurement Act 2006.
New wider capacity data centre has been established at the Bangladesh Computer Council and CPTU. The new data centre has a storage capacity of 200 terabyte.
A 24-hour/7 Help Desk is working at CPTU. A mobile app on public procurement is also functioning for viewing e-GP tender notices and contacting e-GP help desk and CPTU.
Piloting of citizen engagement in public procurement has also been done which provided positive results. The CPTU is now preparing for scaling up the citizen engagement for external oversight by the citizen groups at the local level.
Remarks of IME Division Secretary at the Wrap-up Meeting of DIMAPP Mission
Remarks of IME Division Secretary at the Wrap-up Meeting of DIMAPP Mission
Date: March 9, 2017
Venue: CPTU Conference Room
- Director (Coordination), CPTU;
- Lead Procurement Specialist of World Bank Dr Zafrul Islam and other members of the DIMAPP Mission;
- My Colleagues at IME Division;
- Representatives of various Ministries, Divisions and Departments;
- Consultants under PPRP-II;
Assalamu Alaikum and a very good morning.
I am glad to be here at the closing of the World Bank Mission on formulation of a new project called Digitizing Implementation Monitoring and Public Procurement. I know that the mission started on 26 February and its members led by the Task Team Leader Dr Zafrul Islam have worked over the last two weeks to finalize components and key activities of DIMAPP.
I came to know the new project has taken an attempt to expand its target procuring agencies to 20 in place of 4 under the existing Public Procurement Reform Project-II. The PPRP-II is set to end in June this year and I am hopeful its objectives are going to be achieved.
The main objective of the new project is to expand digitization of public procurement as well as project implementation monitoring of the IME Division.
I would like to say challenges are there. But we must overcome the challenges because there is no way to come back from our journey towards digitization. You know, our government is pledge-bound to build Digital Bangladesh to reach public services to doorsteps of the people. And the services need to be free from all hassles.
We have introduced electronic government procurement or e-GP under the PPRP-II. We have been very successful in the procurement process starting from planning up to contract award. Now we need to include contract management in e-GP and full implementation of the electronic procurement system. This e-GP has been quickly and widely embraced by procuring agencies and tenderers.
We call e-GP simple, secure and speedy.
Until now more than 1000 out of a total of 1233 procuring agencies have been connected to e-GP. Over 29 thousand tenderers have registered with e-GP system. The number of tenders invited through e-GP is more than 84 thousand and their total value is over 76 thousand crore taka.
Now a wider-capacity data centre has been established which will start functioning in a couple of months and hopefully we will be able to bring the entire volume of public procurement in e-GP in 2017.
Therefore, we are now at a very crucial stage. You know the Prime Minister’s Office is directly monitoring implementation progress of e-GP. Moreover, I would say, the whole nation is watching our activities because this tender is one of the areas that suffered from lack of transparency, accountability and efficiency.
I believe, by the implementation of PPRP-II, we have improved a lot. Training is being imparted to procurement officers and tenderers in both rules and e-GP. Awareness about the need for a transparent procurement system has also increased. We need to consolidate now and make efforts to sustain what we have so far achieved.
In this context, the DIMAPP is important. I am happy that this project would try to digitize implementation monitoring of IMED. Well, I think this is very urgent. Nowadays, I believe a major part of monitoring could be done online and through video conference.
You know, IMED has taken an initiative to implement PMIS. If we can monitor projects properly and guide the implementing agencies in the right direction, I am sure this will bring good results. This e-GP system can have a linkage with PMIS so that we can also track any flaws or delay in procurement process. Often delays escalate costs and project implementation suffers seriously.
I would like to thank the World Bank that they have consistently been supporting the government in its efforts to improve governance in public procurement and its digitization. Now I believe through the adoption and implementation of DIMAPP we will be able to accomplish the rest of our tasks.
We also need to strengthen CPTU for effective regulation and monitoring of public procurement. As part of this an initiative has been taken up to give CPTU more autonomy by turning it into a public procurement authority and corporatization of e-GP as well. However, in doing this we have to consider the pros and cons to arrive at a decision. I am hopeful that we will proceed in the right direction.
I extend my sincere thanks to DIMAPP Mission team for their stock-taking of PPRP-II progress and assessment of requirements for the new project. I also thank all those in the government, private sector, tenderers, civil society and media who have contributed by giving inputs to the process for preparation of the new project.
I hope together we will succeed.
THANK YOU ALL.