Citizen portal to make public procurement transparent

BP Business Desk

The Central Procurement Technical Unit (CPTU) is developing a citizen portal to give information on public procurement to citizens in Bangla in an organized way in order to make spending of people’s fund transparent.

A workshop was organised to take views and recommendations on the name of the portal and its domain, layout and contents for developing the portal, according to a statement.

Dnet, a social-development and IT firm engaged as the consultant of the Central Procurement technical Unit (CPTU) in developing the citizen portal managed and facilitated the workshop at LGED Auditorium in Dhaka on Sunday on behalf of the CPTU.

Director General (Additional Secretary) of CPTU Md. Ali Noor chaired the workshop. Chief Engineer of LGED Md Khalilur Rahman and Lead Procurement Specialist of the World Bank Dr. Zafrul Islam spoke at the workshop as the special guests.

Director of CPTU Shish Haider Chowdhury and Chief Executive Officer of Dnet Sirajul Hossain were also present in the workshop. Senior Communications Consultant of CPTU Md. Shafiul Alam moderated the workshop.

Officers of various government procuring agencies, tenderers, media and civil society members were present as participants of the workshop.

The DG CPTU in his speech said, “We have advanced a lot in the digitization of public procurement. The development of this portal as a digital platform will be a milestone achievement in disseminating procurement information to citizens.”

Appreciating the idea of developing a citizen portal on public procurement, the LGED Chief Engineer expressed the hope that the CPTU initiative would be a success.

The World Bank Lead Procurement Specialist said, “Bangladesh has achieved significant improvement in its procurement management and now the citizen portal will be another success.”

The CPTU is developing the citizen portal under DIMAPP Project supported by the World Bank.