Promoting Transparency & Accountability in the Public Procurement Process
BCCP has started the second phase of the Public Procurement Reform Project II that is PPRP-II (2nd Revised) being implemented by the Central Procurement Technical Unit (CPTU), Implementation Monitoring and Evaluation Division (IMED), Ministry of Planning (MOP).
The broad objective of the project supported by the International Development Association (IDA) is to improve performance of the public procurement system progressively in the country, focusing largely on the key sectoral ministries and targeting their implementing agencies – Roads and Highways Department (RHD), Local Government Engineering Department (LGED), Rural Electrification Board (REB), and Bangladesh Water Development Board (BWDB).
Bangladesh has a Public Procurement Act 2006 (PPA-2006) with associated rules (Public Procurement Rules 2008 (PPR-2008). BCCP is to enhance social awareness and accountability on PPR including e-GP (Electronic Government Procurement) and also engage key stakeholders including relevant Government entities, civil society partners, private sector, media and local communities in a third party engagement system to promote transparency and accountability in the procurement process and its outcomes.
Within a two-year timeframe, BCCP in consultation with representatives of CPTU, MOP and key stakeholders will carry out the following under social awareness campaign and communication component that is SACC (including e-GP):
- Advocacy through sensitization and outreach activities to create an enabling environment;
- Build knowledge and technical skills of the stakeholders to enhance social awareness and accountability on PPR including e-GP;
- Establish communication and coordination between various stakeholders and help build an effective long-term relationship between them; and,
- A broad based campaign involving various forms of media including ICT, print, mass media, etc.
SACC (including e-GP) is an integral part of PPRP II (2nd Revised). BCCP’s challenge is to effectively use this role to bring about a common understanding among all concerned parties and further contribute to the success of the entire program.