An impressive but simple ceremony was held at the office of NAB Sindh to launch the PQA Procurement Manual on April 4th,2007 . The Manual was presented to the Chairman, Port Qasim Authority, Vice Admiral Asad Quraish, HI(M) by Maj. Gen. Mukhtar Ahmad, DG NAB Sindh and Mr Syed Adil Gilani, Chairman Transparency International Pakistan.
The Chairman, Port Qasim Authority thanked TI Pakistan for the assistance it has been providing for the transparency in its procurement procedures. Since the signing of the MOU between PQA and TI Pakistan on March 7th, 2007, PQA used the services of TI Pakistan to have their tender documents vetted to comply to the PPRA rules 2004. He further stated that PQA would ensure that all procurements would be most transparent so that they could obtain the best at the least price. He advised his staff to study and follow the Procurement Manual in totality.
Mr Syed Adil Gilani, Chairman Transparency International – Pakistan, explained the vision and mission of the Transparency International movement. He informed the history as to how TI Pakistan was involved in the development of the National Anti Corruption Strategy, the promulgation of the Pakistan Regulator Authority and the formation of the PPRA rules 2004. The implementation of these rules are mandatory in all procurements of the Federal and Sindh Government. He informed the audience that TI Pakistan had signed MOUs with a number of Government Agencies and were assisting them in building their capacities to comply to the PPRA rules. A workshop had already been conducted to train procurement officials from a number of Government departments.
Maj. Gen. Mukhtar Ahmad, DG NAB Sindh congratulated both PQA and TI Pakistan on successfully developing the Procurement Manual. He said that this would enhance the capabilities of the PQA Procurement Staff. He further stated that the present Government was determined to implement transparent procedures in all its dealing and was paying special attention to Transparent Procurement. He reassured all present that NAB would comply with the provisions of the Procurement Manual while examining all contracts, specially those worth over Rs 50 million, as mandated by law. He explained that NAB had circulated an Evaluation Form which has to be completed by all Federal Agencies and forwarded along with contract documents of all its procurement.
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