8th Public-Private Stakeholders Committee Meeting Held

Participants and the Planning Minister at the 8th meeting of the Public-Private Stakeholders Committee

The eighth meeting of the Public-Private Stakeholders Committee (PPSC) was held on 11 September 2013 at the NEC Conference Room-2 of Planning Commission Campus, Sher-e-Bangla Nagar, Dhaka. The meeting 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 respectively.

IGS Consultant AKM Nashirul Huq presented the draft on ‘Strategy for Civic Engagement in Public Procurement’. This was a revised version based on the draft placed on the 7th PPSC meeting held on 3 July, 2013. The draft strategy presented at the meeting included a number of recommendations. The strategy recommended using a strong advocacy campaign from the grassroot level to create public awareness, creating voluntary citizens group, e-tendering and use of the right to information to prompt pro-active disclosures from the procurement entities, creating bidders and journalist forum and capacity building of the citizens. Finally, the strategy emphasised on setting up a specialized organisation to oversee the monitoring of public procurement. The presentation was then followed by open discussions by the participants and the members of the PPSC.

The meeting was presided over by the Honourable Planning Minister and the Chairperson of PPSC Air vice Marshal (Retd.) AK Khandakar. Amulya Kumar Debnath, Chief of IMED, Director General of CPTU and the Member Secretary of the PPSC, and IMED Secretary Mesbah Uddin assisted the chair in conducting the meeting. The Minister delivered a welcome speech to the attending participants, representing PPSC member organisations in the meeting. Among others, Additional Secretary to the Economic Relations Division Arastou Khan, Joint Secretary to the Finance Division Faruque Hossain, FBCCI Adviser Manzur Ahmed, Director AKM Shahid Reza,President Bangladesh Association of Construction Industry (BACI) Aftabuddin Ahmed, and Vice President of Bangladesh Association of Consulting Engineer (BACE) Lailun Nahar Ekram attended the meeting.

The Minister also opened the 12th issue of the PPSC newsletter—Public Procurement Watch, which was then circulated among the participants. IGS Director Dr. Rizwan Khair, Senior Programme Manager Mohammad Rafiqul Islam Talukdar and Project Manager Ekram Hossain, Research Associates Saika Nudrat Chowdhury and Sultan Muhammad Zakaria and Research Assistant Nabila Zaman also attended the meeting.