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16 February 2014 | Will Green
The Liberian government has cancelled a memorandum of understanding (MoU) signed between the state telecommunications corporation and a European company after procurement rules were allegedly breached.
The move follows the suspension of the entire board of the state-owned Liberia Telecommunications Corporation (LIBTELCO) and the launch of an investigation into their alleged “failure to comply with the provisions of the Public Procurement Act" in January.
The MoU was between the suspended board and K3 Telecom, a Swiss company that supplies telecoms equipment and services.
In a statement the Executive Mansion of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf said: “K3 Telecom can now apply to the Liberia Telecommunications Authority for a licence to use the equipment it purchased at LIBTELCO’s request, and to render telecommunications services as desired.”
A new board will now be established with the suspended managing director and his deputy being requested to act as interim managers pending a “professional recruitment process”.
K3 Telecom did not wish to comment.