Sustainable public procurement policy soon

18 March 2023, 06:27 pm | Updated: 30 March 2023, 08:06 am

Sustainable public procurement policy soon

Since responsible consumption and production is one of the core Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the Bangladesh government is actively considering to ensuring Sustainable Public Procurement (SPP) through adopting a policy as a priority task for achieving SDGs.

The government is going to finalize SPP Policy soon in order to attaining Goal 12.7 outlined as ‘Promote public procurement practices that are sustainable, in accordance with national policies and priorities.’

As part an action plan, a draft SPP Policy was earlier formulated and circulated for public opinion. To review the draft, a workshop was held at the NEC Conference Room, Planning Commission Campus, She-e-Bangla Nagar in Dhaka on Thursday (March 16, 2023).

The Central Procurement Technical Unit (CPTU) of Implementation Monitoring and Evaluation Division (IMED), Ministry of Planning, arranged the workshop under the Digitizing Implementation Monitoring and Public Procurement (DIMAPP) project supported by the World Bank.

The workshop was conducted with a view to finalizing the draft policy by taking opinions of representatives from various ministries, divisions and selected public sector organizations (SPSOs) having major stake in the value and volume of public procurement in the country.

Upon finalization, the SPP principles will gradually be addressed in public procurement framework. The SPP principles are expected to be piloted in paper and paper products, office supplies, computer and other electronic equipment and supplies, office and other furniture or related wooden appliances, vehicles and transportation equipment and official paper-made publications.

State Minister for Planning Professor Dr. Shamsul Alam was present in the workshop as the chief guest while IMED Secretary Abul Kashem Md Mohiuddin chaired and delivered welcome address.

Director General of CPTU Mohammed Shoheler Rahman Chowdhury gave a detailed presentation on the contents of draft SPP Policy. Lead Procurement Specialist of World Bank Dhaka office Ahsan Ali and Task Team Leader of DIMAPP Project and Senior Procurement Specialist ANM Mustafizur Rahman spoke about WB involvement and necessity of the policy.

Bangladesh is the first country in South Asia to adopt the SPP Policy. The objective of the draft policy is to incorporate economic, social and environmental issues and some more important aspects like life-cycle cost of goods and services in the process of public procurement. Officials present in the workshop gave their opinions on the draft policy. The CPTU will now finalize the policy by considering observations made in the workshop.

Earlier, the CPTU drafted the policy under DIMAPP Project and posted it on CPTU website for public opinions. Based on those feedbacks, the CPTU revised it and again posted on the CPTU website.



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