The Namibia Chamber of Commerce and Industry (NICC) has urged its members to familiarize themselves with the new Namibian Public Procurement Act & Regulations.
NCCI northern branch chairperson, Tomas Iindji said the Act has been designed to make sure that empowerment is key to the growth of the local economy and build capacity for SMEs.
He said it further stipulates in general that public funds are utilised effectively through tenders and that the process is transparent.
“History has it all that previously, the deplorable management of many SOEs, corruption, poor allocation of resources, and public feuds have become a trend and now that the new Act is in place, we need to study it very carefully to make sure that we acquaint ourselves with do’s and don’ts,” he said.
In addition to streamlining the tender procedure and making it more efficient and effective, the new act was also designed to make sure that there is a reduced administrative burden experienced by clients and suppliers, said Iindji.
Greater flexibility given to clients in public procurement goes hand in hand with increased responsibility, as clients will newly have to adjust to certain procedures internally, he added.
“Furthermore, the NCCI Northern Branch is also of the opinion that the Act extends the list of basic principles: besides the equal treatment principle, prohibition of discrimination, and transparency, it stipulates the proportionality principle pursuant to which the client must set the parameters of the tender procedure so that they are commensurate to the nature and subject matter of the public contract,” said the chairperson.
He said a review panel/committee which foresees the decision of the procurement unit being local/ regional/ SOEs or Central Procurements Unit in the event of any objections toward the recommendation of the tender to be adjudicated to a contractor, has been set.