Govt Addresses Project Implementation Challenges


Government has put measures in place to work on challenges of project implementation.

Minister of Finance and Development Planning told Parliament when delivering the 201516 budget speech that the Public Procurement and Asset Disposal Board (PPADB) is implementing Integrated Procurement Management System to enhance procurement management, improve transparency and reduce lead times in public procurement.

The system would further provide a platform for online bidding, which included preparation of procurement plans, generation to tender documents, downloading of documents by contractors, online tender submission, as well as online adjudication.

The PPADB also intensified the training of procuring entities, committees of the board, ministerial tender committees, and district administration tender committees to enhance their procurement skills.

The minister further told Parliament that the NDP 10 development budget has been underspent by an average of 17.3 per cent for the years 201112 through 201314, due to delayed project implementation.

“It is against this background that government continues to take measures to improve on project implementation,” he said. He said even where projects are finally delivered, they are characterised by cost overruns and questionable quality.

Source : BOPA

Source : Botswana Daily News