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Citizens have right to know info on procurement

Planning minister

Published : 07 Oct 2021 10:18 PM | Updated : 10 Oct 2021 11:47 PM

Planning Minister MA Mannan has said citizens of the  country have the right to know information about government activities and  public procurement as people want development and value for money.

The Minister said, "People want development and at the same time value for money. So, civil society engagement in public procurement should be practiced over time but not by fear. Our Honorable Prime Minister wants to let people 

know about all government activities." 

  The Planning Minister came up with the remarks as the chief guest speaking  at the 14th meeting of the Public-Private Stakeholders' Committees (PPSC) on  public procurement on Thursday. 

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   Organized by the Central Procurement Technical Unit (CPTU) of  Implementation Monitoring and Evaluation Division (IMED), Ministry of  Planning, and facilitated by the BIGD of BRAC University, the meeting was  held at the NEC Conference Room in the city's Sher-e-Bangla Nagar area, said  a press release. 

   Secretary, IMED, Pradip Ranjan Chakraborty, presided over the meeting.  Director General of CPTU and Member-Secretary of PPSC Mohammed Shoheler  Rahman Chowdhury made a presentation on the background of public procurement,  CPTU activities, and achievements, professionalizing procurement, electronic  government procurement (e-GP) and SDGs in public procurement. 

   The meeting was organized under the Digitizing Implementation Monitoring  and Public Procurement Project (DIMAPPP) being implemented by CPTU with  support from the World Bank. 

   Dr. Mirza Hassan of BIGD in the meeting made a detailed presentation on  citizen engagement in contract implementation stage in 48 upazillas, field 

findings and achievements. Director, CPTU and Joint Secretary Masud Akhter Khan, moderated the 

meeting. The IMED Secretary said, "We want citizens to raise their voice  about public procurement issues. Also, we want your suggestions and comments  on the citizen engagement so that we can put up recommendations to the higher  authorities for their considerations." 

  Secretary of Planning Division, Mohammad Jainul Bari and Secretary  Legislative and Parliamentary Affairs Division Md. Moinul Kabir also made  some suggestions on procurement issues in the meeting.  Those who spoke during the open floor discussion included representatives  from the Dhaka Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Bangladesh Women Chamber of  Commerce and Industry, Institute of Business Administration of University of  Dhaka, Institute of Architects Bangladesh, Institution of Engineers  Bangladesh, Bangladesh Association of Construction Industry (BACI), FBCCI, 

Economic Reporters Forum, Development Journalists Forum of Bangladesh, LGED,  Roads and Highways Department and Comptroller and Auditor General of  Bangladesh. Some PPSC members appreciated the CPTU's plan to make public procurement  sustainable by considering life cycle cost, environment, and the needs of  SMEs and women entrepreneurs. Some of them opined in favour of having  consultation with the community at the design and need assessment level.

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