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Thursday, January 17, 2013
Government to streamline procurement process
Prime Minister Peter O’Neill has announced that the
government’s procurement process is to be streamlined.
A committee headed by chief secretary Manasupe
Zurenuoc reviewed the procurement process of government and found it to be
lengthy and cumbersome.
This often led to government projects being
unnecessarily frustrated or delayed, hindering delivery of vital services to
Prime Minister Peter O’Neill
The streamlined procurement process was presented last
month to the prime minister, who directed finance minister James Marape to
implement it without delay.
The prime minister told Marape he did not
want to see any more national Government and aid agency-funded projects
“It is imperative that the current procurement process
is streamlined and made user friendly.
"If we do not take this action, there is
every chance the 2013 national budget will suffer the same fate of successive
budget,” the prime minister said in his letter to the minister.
In addition, the chief secretary’sreview team has recommended for increases in
the financial authority of the Supply and Tenders Boards, and financial
authority at the district level for the District Support Improvement Program
Under the streamlined process, the Central Supply
Tenders Board authority financial increased from K10 million to K20 million,
the Provincial Supply Tenders Board from K3 million to K5 million, and DSIP
from K0.3 million to K0.5 million.
The streamlined procurement process has seven stages,
compared to 11 stages of the old one.
The Office of State Solicitor will be involved in the
whole process, and give its clearance before the national executive council (NEC) for contracts requiring
The prime minister directed minister Marape to
finalise the special financial instruction or regulation to effect the
streamlined process quickly.
The streamlining of the procurement process is one of
a raft of decisions and initiatives the government is putting in place to
ensure the 2013 budget and its key policies are implemented.
“This is one of a number of steps our government is
taking to ensure we are focused and on target to deliver our goals,” the prime