Better relationship and professional understanding among bidders in a tender process and government procuring entities are vital for implementing various projects under Annual Development Programme (ADP) and ensuring quality of goods, works and services purchased with public funds.
Improvement in relationship requires frequent communications and face-to-face dialogue between tender-bidders and government procuring entities at a regular interval, observed the speakers at a dialogue.
Sponsored by 'Kori Sanglap Forum" a body of the government-procurers and the tender-bidders, the dialogue was organised by Central Procurement Technical Unit of Implementation Monitoring and Evaluation Division under the Ministry of Planning and held at the LGED Auditorium in Sirajganj on Saturday.
Secretary of IME Division Md Shahid Ullah Khandaker, Director General of CPTU Faruque Hossain, Lead Procurement Specialist of World Bank Bangladesh Dr Zafrul Islam, Deputy Commissioner of Sirajganj Md Billal Hossain, CEO of Bangladesh Centre for Communication Programs (BCCP) Mohammad Shahjahan and Procurement Consultant of WB ANM Mustafizur Rahman spoke at the programme facilitated by BCCP.
The programme was organized under the auspices of the Public Procurement Reform Project-II supported by WB.
Representatives of four target agencies under the project-Local Government Engineering Department (LGED), Roads and Highways Department (RHD), Bangladesh Rural Electrification Board (BREB) and Bangladesh Water Development Board (BWDB)- and other government procuring entities in Sirajganj district numbering 30 were present on the occasion. About 30 tenderers attended the meeting. They interacted with each other about public procurement issues.
Both the tenderers and members of procuring entities raised various issues relating to process, law and rules of public procurement and also electronic government procurement (e-GP). DG, CPTU explained and gave answers to their queries.
The Secretary in his speech said the Kroi Sanglap Forum exclusively belongs to tenderers and procuring entities which aims to establish a well-functioning public procurement system in Bangladesh through such dialogues for ensuring quality of projects and welfare of the greater masses.