Law to modernise procurement system passed in Lower House
The House of Representatives this afternoon passed a new law aimed at modernising the process used to award and monitor government contracts.
Minister with responsibility for the Public Service, Horace Dalley, who piloted the Public Procurement Act, 2015, hailed the approval.
Among some of the changes it will bring is the separation of the National Contracts Commission from the Office of the Contractor General.
A review board will also be established to allow contractors to appeal decisions not in their favour.
Meanwhile, with the passage of the law in the Lower House, Dalley says the government is a step closer to fulfilling its promise to have micro and small enterprises get special considerations for its contracts.
The government first indicated in 2008 that it was pursuing measures to give greater preference to small and micro enterprises in the award of contracts.
Dalley says the regulations to govern the preference system will be provided later.
The Public Procurement Act 2015 was passed with six amendments and will now go to the Senate for approval before being signed into law.