Minister of Housing seeks to justify Gov’t’s delay in setting up the Public Procurement Commission – 22nd May 2013
Executive Member of the ruling party Irfaan Ali has indicated that the Government does not have any problems with the establishment of the Public Procurement Commission. However, he said President Donald Ramotar has some concerns that needs to be addressed first, before the process can move forward.
He said that one of those concerns is the names that were submitted by the opposition. Ali said objections were raised earlier because of conflict of interest and these were the same names that were being submitted this time around.
Minister Ali said that President Ramotar has vented his objections during a recent meeting with the opposition leader David Granger.
The Private Sector Commission, which functions as a civil society pressure group, had indicated earlier that certain governance institutions such as the Public Procurement Commission are needed as Guyana’s economy continues to grow.
According to executive Member Kit Nascimento even though politics are supposed to be competitive in nature, there are certain issues that politicians need to find common ground.
Since 2003, the Public Accounts Committee in Parliament has been attempting to get the selection process off the ground for the Public Procurement Commission without any success.
The establishment of such a commission according to the PSC, will have significant oversights over the awarding of Government contracts for capital and current projects.
The PSC explained also that the Procurement Commission will also position Guyana as a choice destination for Foreign Direct Investments.