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Citizen engagement in public procurement stressed

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 14 April, 2023 12:00 AM
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Citizen engagement in public procurement stressed

Despite admitting to some challenges, Planning Minister MA Mannan emphasised the need of citizens’ engagement in field-level public procurement to ensure its transparency.
"Although citizens’ engagement in public procurement is a new concept, it has positive outcomes and it is a step forward," he said while speaking as the chief guest at the 16th meeting of the 36-member Public-Private Stakeholders' Committee (PPSC) on public procurement on Thursday.
The Central Procurement Technical Unit (CPTU) of Implementation Monitoring and Evaluation Division (IMED), the Ministry of Planning, organised the meeting at the NEC Conference Room in Dhaka.
 The event was organised under its Digitising Implementation Monitoring and Public Procurement Project (DIMAPPP).
The CPTU has been implementing the project with support from the World Bank, said a press release.
State Minister for Planning Dr. Shamsul Alam was present at the meeting as the special guest while Secretary of the Implementation, Monitoring and Evaluation Division (IMED) Abul Kashem Md. Mohiuddin chaired it.
Senior Secretary and Member (Socio Economic Infrastructure Division) of Planning Commission Mosammat Nasima Begum was also present at the meeting. Director of CPTU Masud Akhter Khan moderated the programme.
The secretary delivered the welcome speech while Director General of CPTU Mohammed Shoheler Rahman Chowdhury made a presentation on the enhancement of the electronic government procurement (e-GP) system and major milestone achievements in recent times.
The PPSC is a platform for representatives from the public and the private sectors to make recommendations and guidance on the overall improvement of public procurement management in the country.
Dr. Mirza M Hassan, Senior Research Fellow, BRAC Institute of Governance and Development (BIGD), made a presentation on citizen engagement and its model in public procurement.
Dr. Munshi Sulaiman, Research Director of BIGD, made another presentation on impact evaluation of citizen engagement that BIGD has implemented in 48 upazilas over the last four years as consultant engaged by CPTU under DIMAPPP.
Dr. Shamsul Alam said that e-GP has added great value to the efforts of Digital Bangladesh. He emphasised digital systems in government activities to reduce hassles in service delivery.
Dr. Ahsan H Mansur, executive director of the Policy Research Institute (PRI), appreciated the citizen portal initiative of CPTU to give information on public procurement to citizens. Representatives from the Legislative and Parliamentary Affairs Division, Public Works Department, Bangladesh Association of Construction Industry, Foreign Aided Projects Audit Directorate, Economic Reporters Forum, Development Journalist Forum of Bangladesh, Finance Division, Institute of Architects Bangladesh, among others, took part in open discussions.