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  • 1. The Imperative of Public Procurement ProposalsThe Government to Government ArrangementsJoint Consultative Council for the Construction Industry Afra Raymond B.Sc. FRICS President Presentation to POS Rotary Club luncheon Tuesday 24th April 2012
  • 2. Guiding PrinciplesTransparency;Accountability;Value for Money
  • 3. Private Sector/Civil Society groupThe Private Sector/Civil Society group was first assembled on this issue as the2003 Cabinet-appointed Committee to advise on Public Procurement Reform.JCCTrinidad & Tobago Chamber of Industry & CommerceTrinidad & Tobago Manufacturers AssociationTrinidad & Tobago Transparency InstituteSubscribers in 2012 -American Chamber of Commerce (AMCHAM)Federation of Independent Trade Unions and NGOs (FITUN)
  • 4. Where are we now? Triple-attack
  • 5. Government to Government arrangements What are those?
  • 6. The BALLAH ReportThe Ballah Report, dated March 1982, reviewed the programme ofgovernment-to-government arrangements and maderecommendations effectively to curtail the use of sucharrangements, making them subject to various safeguards toensure effective competition and the securing of benefits for localconsultants and contractors.Various recommendations are made in respect of topics whichremain on the agenda of the present Enquiry (Uff), from which itcan be concluded that little, if any, progress was in fact achieved!The main focus of the report, however, is on the operation ofgovernment-to-government arrangement, where it is concludedthat direct involvement of foreign governments does not producethe benefits expected.(from para 3.20, on pg 26 of the Uff Report)
  • 7. Perils of these arrangements• Sidelining of the elementary tendering process;• Limited, if any, role for Local Participation;• Poor contract controls;• Serious drain on limited Foreign Exchange;• Lack of the promised Transfer of Technology
  • 8. Uff Recommendations“…42. The Governments policy on the use of foreigncontractors and consultants for public constructionprojects should be transparent and open to review.43. Local contractors and consultants who competewith foreign companies should be provided with thesame or equivalent benefits as enjoyed by thoseforeign companies and should be protected from unfaircompetition through matters such as soft loans…”
  • 9. REALITY CHECKEXPENDITURE OF PUBLIC MONEY – Accountability – Transparency = CORRUPTION

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