Published:  04:16 PM, 12 March 2019

Institutionalisation of GTF stressed for sustainable public procurement

Institutionalisation of GTF stressed for sustainable public procurement
Speakers at a workshop on Government- Tenderers’ Forum (GTF) have emphasized on institutionalization of the GTFs at every district in order to make public procurement effective.

GTFs, a platform of procuring entities and tenderers to exchange views, ideas and experiences on procurement including e-GP, would help establish sustainable public procurement system in the country, they said.

Md Ali Noor, director general of the Central Procurement Technical Unit (CPTU) and Additional Secretary of the Implementation Monitoring and Evaluation Division (IMED) of Planning Ministry, addressed the workshop as the chief guest at the Deputy Commissioner (DC) office here on Monday with the DC M Kazi Emdadul Islam in the chair.

Dr Zafrul Islam, Lead Procurement Specialist and Task Team Leader of the World Bank’s Digitizing Implementation Monitoring and Public Procurement Project (DIMAPPP), Shish Haider Chowdhury, Director (training and coordination) of the IMED’s CPTU, Mohammad Shahjahan, Director and CEO of Bangladesh Centre for Communication Programmes (BCCP) and Mrinal Kanti Deb, Divisional Commissioner (in-charge) of Sylhet spoke as special guests.

Addressing the workshop, Dr Zafrul Islam said, “Bangladesh has proved that procurement reform is possible here. Earlier, there was a gap between the procuring agencies and tenderers. GTF is a unique model in the world where
tenderers can sit in a table with government procuring entities.”

Bangladesh is recognized globally for its success in e-GP implementation and many countries are following Bangladesh model, he said, adding, “We would work to make GTF globally prominent so that other countries follow it. For this, GTF needs to be institutionalized”.

Shish Haider Chowdhury stressed on ensuring value for money by ensuring efficiency in spending budget through making development effective. A central forum of government-tenderers titled Bangladesh Government. Tenderers’ Forum (BGTF) will be formed aiming to ensure full digitization by 2021, he said. Representatives from various procuring entities and a good number of tenderers participated in the workshop organised under DIMAPPP by CPTU and facilitated by BCCP.

A power point presentation was made on GTFs and BGTF at the workshop highlighting the importance of GTF and BGTF and the need for making the forum sustainable through their institutionalization in order to ensuring effective and transparent use of public fund in government procurement. The workshop was organized aiming at gathering views and ideas on making the GTF sustainable and creating an apex body of 64 GTFs constituted in 64 districts in Dhaka.

Besides, the convening committees of GTFs in different districts of Sylhet division were reconstituted. An open discussion on PPR and e-GP was also held at the workshop.

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