Shaw concerned, says several OCG recommendations for new procurement law overlooked
Opposition Spokesperson on Finance, Audley Shaw, has expressed concern that most of the recommendations by the Office of the Contractor General (OCG) for the new procurement law passed yesterday have been overlooked.
Speaking yesterday in the debate on the Public Procurement Act 2015, he noted that only 17 of the OCG's 64 recommendations were included in the proposed law.
He said the Government has ignored the OCG's call for a clearer definition of a sub-contractor.
Shaw noted that despite the OCG’s call for a wider definition of corrupt practices, the one adopted ignores reference to fraudulent, coercive and obstructive practices.
He said the government should reexamine the 47 OCG recommendations that were ignored with a view to including them in the regulations that will govern the procurement bill.
Among some of the changes the new law will bring is the separation of the National Contracts Commission from the Office of the Contractor General.
The passage of the law in the Lower House brings the government a step closer to fulfilling its promise to have micro- and small-enterprises get special considerations in relation to public contracts.