Govt to ensure cent percent e-GP

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DHAKA, Oct 20, 2017 (BSS) – The government has taken an initiative to ensure 100 percent electronic government procurement (e-GP) at all public sector procuring agencies through implementing the Digitizing Implementation Monitoring and Public Procurement Project (DIMAPPP).

“All the procurement and tender processes, including international bidding and above 100 crore procurement, will be brought under e-GP through the project,” Director General of the Central Procurement Technical Unit (CPTU) M Faruque Hossain told BSS here today.

Finance Minister AMA Muhith is expected to launch the project as the chief guest at a function on October 25 at Radisson Blu Dhaka Water Garden hotel in the city, he added.

Planning Minister AHM Mustafa Kamal will preside at the function while State Minister for Finance and Planning MA Mannan, Country Director of the World Bank (WB) for Bangladesh Qimiao Fan and Director of the WB Governance Global Practice Vinay Sharma will be present as special guests.

DIMAPP will support the Implementation Monitoring and Evaluation Division (IMED) under the Ministry of Planning to monitor the execution of the Annual Development Programme (ADP) by digitally connecting all public sector organizations, combined with a nationwide expansion of the e-GP system.

CPTU will implement the project by June 2022 with a cost of US$60 million to improve capacity of the public procurement to monitor implementation of development projects and programmes using digital technology.

Of the total outlay of the project, the International Development Association (IDA) of WB will provide $55 million while the government contribution is $5milliuon.

The credits of WB are interest-free and repayable in 38 years, including a 6-year grace period, and carry a service charge of 0.75 per cent.

The DIMAPPP has four components–restructuring CPTU and Institutionalizing e-GP, enhancing digitization of public procurement, professionalization of procurement and Citizen Engagement (CE) and digitizing project implementation monitoring.

A total of 32 Selected Public Sector Organizations (SPSOs) including four target agencies-Bangladesh Rural Electrification Board (BREB), Bangladesh Water Development Board (BWDB), Local Government Engineering Department (LGED) and Roads and Highways Department (RHD) – that constitute the bulk of total public procurement will be the part of procurement management, monitoring and e-GP implementation.

It is expected that all procuring Public Sector Organizations (SPOs) will be registered with the e-GP system and conduct e-procurement as part of government’s plan to fully digitize public procurement in the country.

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