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17 July 2014 | Gurjit Degun
The Jamaican Government is planning to introduce a bill to legislate the proposed public procurement regime.
The new regime aims to strengthen the procurement process and outlines a number of activities that have been and still need to be implemented.
Horace Dalley, minister for finance and planning, said that the government has: created a designated public procurement policy office in the Ministry of Finance and Planning; revised the public procurement handbook; and started publishing a weekly public procurement page in the national newspapers.
He explained that the government is in the process of introducing e-procurement, and developing a team of public procurement professionals.
Dalley also proposed revising emergency contracting procedures and eliminating the need for the ministry’s comments on all contracts prior to approval.
There are plans to establish a Public Appeals Board too, which will be an “independent tribunal to adjudicate contractor complaints in a procurement process”.
Dalley said that this administrative body will “strengthen the integrity and transparency of the public procurement process”. He added: “Our stakeholders, mainly the Incorporated Master Builders Association of Jamaica, have fully endorsed the new public procurement regime.”