No advertisement on procurement website for multi-million lab
The non-placement of an advertisement for bids on the government’s procurement website has once again raised questions about the manner in which the government procures goods and services.
Last Tuesday, three bids, from foreign companies, were opened at the National Procurement and Tender Administration Board (NPTAB) for the supply, delivery, installation, commissioning and training in the use of laboratory equipment for the Government Analyst – Food and Drug Department, food chemistry and microbiology laboratories.
The procurement is being done under the Agriculture Diversification Project, which is being funded by the Inter-American Development Bank, and would end up costing millions of dollars.
Bids were received from two Trinidad companies and one from a United Kingdom company.
Kaieteur News understands that the advertisement for bids was placed once in the Guyana Chronicle and was also advertised internationally.
However, the advertisement was not placed on the government’s procurement website. The government had said that the website (www.eprocure.gov.gy) would be the principal means it would use to issue invitations for bids and tenders and vacancies.
Kaieteur News understands that the advertisement for the laboratory equipment was sent to the Government Information Agency (GINA), which is responsible for uploading the website. However, GINA claimed that because of the cuts to the 2012 budget, it did not have personnel to upload the website.
One local importer said that the non-placement of the advertisement of bids puts local importers at a disadvantage, because they would rely on the procurement website for information regarding bids and tenders.
Western Scientific Company Limited, from Trinidad, put in a bid of US$65,349.08 for Lot 1 of the Project and US$366,617.36 for Lot 2 of the project.
Analogic Solutions of Trinidad put in a bid of US$399, 161.46 for two lots.
Inte Trade of United Kingdom put in a bid of US$106, 408.25 for Lot 1 and US$330, 746.84 for Lot 2.
Lot 1 of the project is for the Supply, Delivery, Installation, Commissioning and Training in use of High Performance Liquid Chromatograph for a Drug Chemistry Laboratory and Lot 2 is for Supply, Delivery, Installation, Commissioning and Training in use of Laboratory Equipment for the Food Chemistry and Microbiology Laboratories.
According to the international advertisement, bidding would be conducted through the International Competitive Bidding (ICB) procedures specified in the Inter-American Development Bank’s Policies for the Procurement of Works and Goods financed by the Inter-American Development Bank, and is open to all bidders from eligible source countries as defined in the policies.
The bidding documents for procurement of goods have been prepared by the Inter-American Development Bank to be used for the procurement of goods through International
Competitive Bidding (ICB) in projects that are financed in whole or in part by the IDB.