Govt cuts bid submission time for rice import

Staff Correspondent

4 March, 2021 12:00 AM printer

The government on Wednesday curtailed the tender submission period for the import of 5.5 lakh tonnes of rice on an emergency basis through an international open tender.

The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs on Wednesday approved in principle a proposal to shorten the period from existing 42 days to 10 days. Finance Minister AHM Mustafa Kamal chaired the meeting.

International bidders now have to submit their bids within 10 days from the date of publishing the tender notice in newspapers.

 “The government is going with such decision for rice import as the production of food grains was hampered last year because of floods and excessive rains,” Kamal said at a news briefing later. 

If there had been no such emergency, the government would not have to import rice, he noted. 

Cabinet Division Additional Secretary Dr Sahida Akhter added that the proposal for reducing the tender submission for rice import was approved in line with the Public Procurement Rules, 2008.

Sahida informed that the meeting gave nod to a proposal from the Prime Minister’s Office for signing an agreement between Bangladesh Economic Zones Authority (BEZA) and Bangladesh Export Processing Zones Authority (BEPZA) for establishing “BEPZA Economic Zone” at the Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Shilpa Nagar at Mirersarai in Chattogram.

Under the proposed agreement, she said BEZA will provide land to BEPZA for developing the BEPZA Economic Zone.

She informed that the meeting approved another proposal in principle for undertaking “Equip, Operate and Maintenance of Patenga Container Terminal on PPP Model” for appointing an international standard private operator after the completion of works of Patenga Container Terminal by the Chattogram Port Authority (CPA).

Later, Cabinet Committee on Government Purchase (CCGP) awarded Tk 1.24 crore land filling work of BSCIC Chemical Industrial park at Munshiganj to Dockyard and Engineering Workshop Ltd run by Bangladesh Navy.

This meeting was also held with the finance minister in the chair, which in total gave the nod to two procurement proposals.

Under another proposal, Poly Cable Industries Ltd was awarded a work to supply 130km 11kV and 33kV underground cable to BREB at a cost of Tk 756.3 million.

The work is being done under Lot-5 of package G-48 of cent per cent electrification project being implemented in Dhaka, Mymensingh, Chattogram and Sylhet divisions.