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PPDA wants open deals in Covid-19 procurement

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The Public Procurement and Disposal of Assets (PPDA) has issued a set of guidelines that procurement entities have to follow when acquiring goods and services for the response.

This comes as concerns over the use of billions of kwacha meant for Covid-19 response continue to grow.

PPDA Director General, Elias Hausi, said among others, all Covid-19 procurement will have to follow open tendering through publications of invitations to tender on the PPDA website.

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However, realising the urgency of the procurement, Hausi said the PPDA has reduced the bidding period from 30 days to 24 hours.

“This will ensure that all eligible suppliers are informed of and are able to participate in the tenders. This will accord each supplier opportunity of doing business while saving the nation from the pandemic.

“Upon signing the execution of the contracts, the procuring entity shall publish the details of the awarded contracts on the PPDA website, including the name of the successful company or business, beneficial owners and directors of the company, details of the products or services offered, value of the contract and status of the contract,” Hausi said.

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Mid this month, the Open Contracting Multi-Stakeholder Group underscored the need for the government to ensure transparency and accountability in the way they managing Covid-19 response resources.

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