The primary responsibility of the council is to ensure that its clientele understand the requirements of the Local Authority Procurement and Asset Disposal (LAPAD) Act, says Gaborone mayor, Mr Kagiso Thutwe.
Mayor Thutwe was speaking at the fourth business community workshop aimed at sensitising entrepreneurs on LAPAD and identifying enablers to help council perform and implement the act. He commended the adjudication committee for hosting the event, saying it would sensitise and equip the business community on the importance of competing through tenders.
“There is no doubt in my mind that given the information and most importantly tips on the submission of competitive bids, you will be able to face competition globally,” he said.
The head of quantity survey division, Mr George Mogome said LAPAD was enacted in 2008 and its purpose was to enhance operational efficiency, accountability and achievement of value for money in local authorities. Sharing the importance of submitting competitive bids, Mr Mogome said, “Competitive bid is a bid which passes through all the evaluation stages and stand a chance of being successful,” he said.
He said common mistakes made by bidders included submitting invalid copies, failure to fill in all spaces provided, failure to submit samples on time and failure to sign where so instructed. Mr Mogome urged bidders to always read and follow instructions correctly.
Adjudication officer, Ms Dorcus Champane said the act operates as a governor on how bidders are sold and bought, adding that the workshop was held to make business community aware on the mistakes they make when bidding.
Source : BOPA
Source : Botswana Daily News