Bankers' role vital to successful e-GP system promotion
Observer Online Desk
Speakers of a seminar held at Rajshahi called upon the bankers to play role towards promoting system of E-Government Procurement (e-GP).
They viewed successful promotion of the electronic system can be the effective means of ensuring transparency and accountability in public procurement for the sake of best uses of the public money and proper implementation of the uplift programmes.
Government has a priority to modernise Bangladesh and achieve a shared vision for a Digital Bangladesh by 2021. So, wide-ranging promotion of the modern system in banking sector has become an urgent need.
The observation came in a seminar titled "Role of Banks in e-GP and Way Forward" held at conference hall of Deputy Commissioner on Thursday.
Central Procurement Technical Unit (CPTU) under the Implementation Monitoring and Evaluation Division (IMED) under Planning Ministry organized the workshop.
Main thrust of the seminar was to strengthen awareness about e-GP and facilitate its adoption among the tender bidders and government procuring entities through banks.
Government procuring entities, officials from 30 banks and media representatives participated in the meeting sharing knowledge and experiences on the issue.
Director General of CPTU Faruque Hossain addressed the seminar as chief guest with Deputy Commissioner Kazi Ashraf Uddin in the chair. Additional Chief Engineer of Local Government Engineering Department Ali Ahmed and Deputy Director of Local Government Division Dr Dewan Shahriar Firoj also spoke.
During his keynote presentation, Shafiul Alam, Communication Consultant of CPTU, gave an overview of the e-GP system and its nationwide promotional scenario.
He told the meeting that the number of tender called in e-GP is 91,457 valued Taka 81,273 crore till Tuesday last.
The CPTU has MoUs with 42 banks in both public and private sectors for receiving payments in e-GP system from tender bidders against tender schedule, tender security and performance- security/guarantee. All public and private sector banks will be incorporated in e-GP in phases.
Chief Guest Faruque Hossain said as part of its Digital Bangladesh initiative, Bangladesh considers e-Governance to be a vital ingredient in achieving its goal.
The digital system in procurement of goods, works and services with public funds has also widened opportunities in doing business with government as it has removed all kinds of physical hassles, he added.
The commercial banks in the country should be transaction-based rather than credit and deposit-based one. When transaction will go up, the banks will automatically make profits," he said.