A National Workshop
to finalize the framework for Citizens’ engagement held
A national workshop for finalisation of the framework for citizens’ engagement in public procurement under Public-Private Stakeholders Committee (PPSC) of Public Procurement Reform Project (PPRP) II was held on 12th January 2014 at the NEC Conference Room in Planning Commission Campus, Dhaka. The workshop was organised and facilitated by Central Procurement Technical Unit (CPTU) of the Implementation Monitoring & Evaluation Division (IMED) of the Planning Ministry and the Institute of Governance Studies (IGS) at the BRAC University.
The purpose of the workshop was to discuss and finalise the draft framework which has been devised through a number of consultation workshops, interviews, focus group discussions, literature review, and meetings with key stakeholders at various levels. The first draft of the framework was presented at the 7th and 8th PPSC Meeting held on 3rd July and 11th September 2013 respectively, which held rigorous discussions on the draft. Stakeholders also provided their written feedback on the framework.
Mr. A K Khandaker, honourable Planning Minister, the Chief Guest couldn’t attend the workshop due to his some urgent businesses. Mohammad Mejbahuddin, Secretary, IME Division, Ministry of Planning and Christine E. Kimes, the Acting Country Director, the World Bank Dhaka Office, attended the workshop as the Special Guests. CPTU DG Amulya Kumar Debnath chaired the workshop. IGS consultant A K M Nashirul Haq presented some of the key proposals of the framework. PPSC members, representatives of the member organisations, NGOs, international NGOs, think tanks, procurement experts working in different organisations attended the workshop.
After threadbare discussion on the framework in four groups and plenary session, the workshop recommended the followings:
1. Citizens’ engagement and monitoring on public procurement of Bangladesh is essential.
2. It should be started primarily at the upazilla level in some pilot projects.
3. An ethical guideline and workable terms of references must be formulated at the commencement of the civic engagement.
4. Initially, the main focus of citizens’ engagement should be stressed at the outcome part of the project, later it can be applied at process/design part of the procurement.
Dr. Sultan Hafeez Rahman, Executive Director, IGS-BDI, attended the inaugural session and Dr. Rizwan Khair, Director of IGS, BRAC University, attended both the inaugural and working session.
Some of the links of media coverage of the event are given below: