The Public Procurement and Contract Administration Act No. 11 of 2012 is on course to be repealed and replaced.
Chief Procurement Officer within the Central Procurement Unit in the Ministry of Finance, Oscar Seaman, confirmed that information in a panel discussion about the status of the country’s Procurement Act on the Government Information Service (GIS) recently.
He says this decision follows a review of the Act by Public Procurement Consultant Patrice F. Pratt in 2015.
Seaman says the plan is for the new Act to be in effect before the end of 2016.
Seaman says this new Act will address the weaknesses and inconsistencies of the current Act. He says it will seek to build capacity for local suppliers.
According to a release, Prime Minister,. Roosevelt Skerrit, first disclosed plans to have the Procurement Act repealed and replaced at a Chew On It luncheon hosted by the DAIC in June, 2015. At the time Mr. Skerrit told the meeting in reference to the Consultant “she sent us an emergency memo saying that we should convene an emergency sitting of Parliament to have this Act repealed because there are certain provisions in the Act that could cause injury to the State.”
The Central Procurement Unit has been holding consultations with the public sector on the proposals for the new Act that is expected to replace the 2012 Procurement and Contract Administration Act and intends to hold similar consultations with the private sector shortly.
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