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Shaw urges procurement officers to speed up the process

Published:Wednesday | January 11, 2017 | 1:31 PM

Minister of Finance and the Public Service, Audley Shaw is urging procurement officers to be more flexible and efficient in executing their tasks.

He says more can be done to ensure that the procurement process does not become a hindrance to the speedy and efficient implementation of government projects.

Speaking at a signing ceremony at the Ministry Finance this morning, Shaw noted that Jamaica’s procurement system was receiving accolades from various multilateral organizations such as the Inter-American Development Bank.

He urged procurement officers to use their influence to speed projects along.

“It doesn’t mean and it cannot mean that for it to be a fairly good system it must mean that the process is slow.  This is not a marriage between a good process and slowing down the procurement system. Those who are in charge of procurement need to do whatever is in their power to speed up the process,” Shaw said.

He said procurement officers are in a unique position to be instruments of change even  while they are doing things right.

“Just because there is a system in place it doesn’t mean that nothing can be done to improve it. So we always have to have a continual process of review and to carry out adjustments and modifications,” Shaw said. 

The Ministry of Finance signed an agreement with the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) this morning for the partial use of Jamaica’s National Procurement System for IDB-financed projects.