Md. Mofizul Islam (Centre), Secretary, IMED, Ministry of Planning is speaking at a workshop on ‘Institutionalizing Government-Tenderer Forum (GTF),’ held at LGED Conference Room at Agargaon in Dhaka on Thursday. Md. Faruque Hossain (2-L), Director General, CPTU and Additional Secretary Ministry of Planning, Dr Zafrul Islam (2-R), Lead Procurement Specialist, World Bank and Khadija Bilkis (L), Senior Director of BCCP are also seen.

Staff Correspondent
For making development works sustainable through proper use of public funds, the Government-Tenderer Forum (GTF) constituted in every district should be institutionalized that would create an enabling environment for effective implementation of projects.
This network would help establish good working relations and trust between officials of public entities (PEs) and tenderers, which is very much essential for facilitating tender winners perform procedures properly as well as assist them in their appropriate implementation.

These views were made at a workshop on ‘Institutionalizing Government-Tenderer Forum (GTF),’ held at LGED Conference Room at Agargaon in Dhaka on Thursday.
Md. Mofizul Islam, Secretary, IMED, Ministry of Planning spoke at the programme as the chief guest, while Md. FaruqueHossain, Director General, CPTU and Additional Secretary Ministry of Planningspoke as the special guest. Dr Zafrul Islam (2-R), Lead Procurement Specialist, World Bank and Khadija Bilkis (L), Senior Director of BCCP also spoke.
More than 80 senior level participants from high government officials and business community attended the interactive session where all participants emphasized on institutionalizing.

The programme was organised under Digitizing Implementation Monitoring and Public Procurement Project (DIMAPPP) of the Central Procurement Technical Unit (CPTU), IMED Division, Ministry of Planning. On behalf of CPTU, Bangladesh Center for Communication Programs (BCCP) arranged the event.
The GTF will work as a platform for initiating dialogues among the bidding community and PEs to exchange their views, ideas and experiences related to public procurement including e-GP, opined the participants.
Through developing a fair public procurement culture through motivation and building confidence, this forum will help the government agencies (PEs) and contractors to contribute to the sustainable procurement practice in the country, they asserted.
“The GTF is a district level open platform comprising representatives from the PEs of four target agencies like LGED, RHD, REB and BWDB, other agencies, registered contractor associations, groups and supliers and individual consultants from every district.
Open to all, GTF have a 15-member convening committee for interim period and members will select Executive Body through consensus. GTF will sit in meetings at least three in a year to discuss different agendas and send briefs to respective PMCs and will organize seminars, dialogues, roundtables, information sharing meetings on the procurement related issues.

At present, there are initial conveners in 24 districts while by position, new conveners are in 40 districts while member secretaries are there in all districts, the workshop was informed. Nine out of 40 new conveners, though not active, are aware about the forum while all member secretaries can describe about the forum.
About the activities of the GTFs, it was told that no meeting was held in 19 districts while 32 districts held only one meeting each, eight organized two meetings each, three districts like Chandpur, Dinajpur and Manikganj arranged three meetings each. Highest four meeting were organized in each of two districts like B’Baria and Nilphamari. But no district performed any other activities, it was informed.