Two amendments to the Public Procurement Act are approved by the National Assembly

August 04, 2021

Amendments to the Public Procurement Act presented yesterday afternoon by Minister Naadir Hassan before the National Assembly have been approved.

There were two amendments which were proposed and accepted by the National Assembly.

Changes were made to Sections 14 and 99 of the Act.

Both amendments concerned the appointment of members to the National tender Board and the Review Panel.

The amendments confine the appointments to ‘persons that have the necessary expertise and competence to effectively manage the affairs and responsibilities of the Board and the Panel.’

The revisions will allow for members of the Board and Panel to be persons of integrity, are qualified and have experience in public administration, economy, legal, finance, engineering or other technical skills.

Minister Hassan noted that the amendments are in line with the announcement he made in the Budget 2021 speech, in February, to revise the current the Public Procurement Act in order to make it a law which is modern, efficient, ensures good governance and transparency.

“The amendments presented today are only the start of this comprehensive revision, we expect to complete the revision early in 2022.”

The Public Procurement Act is the legal framework which governs all procurement in the public service.

Below is the link to the Public Procurement (Amendment), Bill, 2021.

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