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Public Procurement Bill will lapse

By SASHA HARRINANAN Tuesday, July 29 2014

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FASHIONABLE KAMLA: Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar was one of several MPs who yesterday wore Islamic-themed clothing during sitting of the House...
FASHIONABLE KAMLA: Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar was one of several MPs who yesterday wore Islamic-themed clothing during sitting of the House...

THREE days after the Prime Minister said that public procurement reform was critical to deal with issues such as those which arose in the Life Sport Programme audit, came news yesterday that the Public Procurement and Disposal of Public Property Bill (Procurement Bill) will officially lapse when the Fourth Session of the Tenth Parliament is prorogued at midnight on July 31.

However, speaking in the House of Representatives yesterday afternoon, Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar assured MPs that when the Fifth Session begins on Monday August 4, Government.

“will again lay that Procurement Bill and bring the necessary amendments with it thereafter because we need to give it further consideration.”

Describing the Bill as historic, the PM noted it was already passed in the Senate but said, “Unfortunately, (with) the session coming to an end, we would not be able to pass that Bill because I understand there are several persons who wish to speak, and there were several amendments suggested by the Opposition.

“So our intention is, when we return on Monday...we will again lay that Procurement Bill and bring the necessary amendments with it thereafter because we need to give it further consideration. So that is another historic matter in which I am very proud that my Government has been very aggressive, very forward-thinking in taking the process forward,” Persad-Bissessar declared.

Stakeholders in the construction and business sectors have been urging Government to not let the Bill lapse because of its promise of greater transparency and accountability in public procurement procedures.

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