Minister Hosein meets with Procurement Regulator

From left: Advisor to Minister, Dr. Krystel Ramdathsingh, Permanent Secretary Stara Ramlogan, Chairman San Juan/Laventille Regional Corporation, Anthony Roberts, Minister of Rural Development and Local Government, the Honourable Kazim Hosein, Permanent Secretary Jennifer Daniel and Procurement Regulator, Mr. Moonilal Lalchan, Office of Procurement Regulation

Minister of Rural Development and Local Government, the Honourable Kazim Hosein met with Procurement Regulator, Mr Moonilal Lalchan and members of the Office of Procurement Regulation on Wednesday 10 April, 2019 at Kent House, Maraval.

Mr. Lalchan met with the Minister, Permanent Secretaries Jennifer Daniel, Stara Ramlogan, Mayors, Chairmen and Chief Executive Officers of ALL municipal corporations as part of an on-going education sensitization campaign being run by the Office of Procurement Regulation ahead of the full proclamation of the Public Procurement and Disposal of Public Property Act.

Minister Hosein assured Mr. Lalchan that the Ministry and all its municipal corporations will uphold the objectives of the Act which are to promote:

(a)    Principles of accountability, integrity, transparency and value for money

(b)   Efficiency, fairness, equity and public confidence

(c)    Local industry development, sustainable procurementand sustainable development

He further stated that the full proclamation of the Public Procurement and Disposal of Public Property Act will also aid in promoting efficiency with regard to the major programmes and projects undertaken by the local government bodies.

Minister Hosein also noted that one of the main objectives of his tenure is to bring reform to local government. Through the Ministry of Rural Development and Local Government, several programmes have been instituted to bring meaningful development to rural communities and across the country. Whether they are bridge replacements or the creation of recreational facilities, the objective is value for money and development of citizens.

The Act has made provisions for service delivery as it defines ‘sustainable procurement’ as ‘a process whereby public bodies meet their needs for goods, works or services in a way that achieves value for money on a long-term basis in terms of generating benefits not only to the public body, but also to the economy and the wider society, whilst minimising damage to the environment’.

In closing, Minister Hosein requested that the Office of Procurement Regulation meet with all corporations individually to further educate them on the tenants of the Act and what will be required of them after full proclamation later this year.

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