Botswana government urges suppliers to register or lose business

28 February 2012

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28 February 2012 | Angeline Albert

Businesses will not be allowed to bid for contracts offered by the Government of Botswana if they have not registered with the Public Procurement and Asset Disposal Board (PPADB) by mid August.

The move is in line with the board’s rules to suspend or de-list government contractors found guilty of bribery, incompetence, price collusion, conflicts of interest and other uncompetitive activity.

The PPADB has said any company wishing to do business with the government will be required to have registered with the board before 15 August and must present a contractor registration certificate when tendering. In the past, the certificate was only required for infrastructure-related tenders, but it will now be required for all goods and services.

In a statement, the PPADB said: “The board has started registering services, consultants and supplies contractors. Contractors have about six months left to register with the board before the PPADB certificate becomes a mandatory requirement.”

The PPADB was established by an Act of Parliament of 2001 and operates under the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning. The Act empowers the board to keep records of registered contractors and punish them if they do not comply with public procurement rules.

 

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