Skills of project directors in public procurement underscored

Implementation Monitoring and Evaluation Division (IMED) Secretary Abul Mansur Md Faizullah said project directors in the public sector need to have clear understanding and knowledge on the issues of public procurement. “In project implementation often we stumble in procurement. Therefore, project directors need some orientation on public procurement,” he said while speaking as the chief guest at a certificate giving ceremony of a Training of Trainers (ToT) course for the national procurement trainers on Sunday at a hotel in the city, said a press release, reports BSS.

The Central Procurement Technical Unit (CPTU) of the IMED organized the training in cooperation with ITCILO, a consulting firm engaged by CPTU in capacity development and professionalization under Digitizing Implementation Monitoring and Public Procurement Project (DIMAPPP). Additional Secretary and Director General of CPTU Md Ali Noor and Programme Director of ITCILO Andreas Klemmer were present as the Special Guests while Team Leader of ITCILO Richard Lorenz chaired the concluding session of the 4-day ToT course.

Expressing the importance of public procurement in proper implementation of various projects under ADP, Abul Mansur Md Faizullah said, the value and volume of public procurement is increasing every year. “In the current fiscal the total value of public procurement under ADP is expected to stand at US$18 billion. The size of the current ADP is about $25 billion. About 75 per cent of ADP allocation is spent on public procurement. The national budget of the current fiscal year of 2019-20 is about $58 billion,” he added.

Ali Noor expressed the hope that the TOT had been helpful and useful for the national procurement trainers in updating their knowledge base and acquiring new techniques for providing training to government procurement officers. There are 59 national procurement trainers in the country now, he mentioned. The DG of CPTU further said that CPTU under DIMAPPP would organize more orientations for them. About 8 thousand officers will be trained in public procurement under courses of various durations. From among 20 participating trainers, Shohelur Rahman Chowdhury and Sonia Nowrin, spoke on the occasion expressing their positive experiences and feelings about the ToT.