T&T NEEDS the full operationalization of the the Public Procurement and Disposal of Public Property Act, 2015.
It is our only hope for reducing the endemic corruption that plagues our society
This legislation is the only one in our law books that among other things defines for example “bid rigging” as collusion between persons for the purpose of manipulating tendering processes. It effectively removes politicians from the tendering and award process involving billions of taxpayers $$!
There has been constant procrastination since 2015 by this Administration to proclaim this Act and its Regulations.
The Office of the Minister of Finance was recorded in Jan 2020, stating that an Amendment to Section 7 is being taken to Parliament in Feb 2020.
THIS PETITION is unequivocal that there should be:
1. No amendment(s) to section 7(2) of Act 1 of 2015, The Public Procurement and Disposal of Public Property Act. Section 7 with respect to Public Private Partnerships and Government-to-Government transactions is non-negotiable. This was a critical issue in the 2014/2015 Parliament that debated the then Bill and remains so now in the architecture of the Act.
2. Proclamation, at a minimum, of the following sectionsimmediately for implementation: 13(1)(e)-(m)(o)(q)(s), 14(1), 24, 27, 30(2)(3), 37, 39, 40, 46, 47, 48, 53, 54(2)(3), 59(1), 61(2).
The aforementioned sections of the Act do not require proclamation of The Regulations, which continues to be delayed.
3. The implementation of the Act should structure the role of Parliament as the avenue for disclosure and discourse on the further implementation of the Act. This is buttressed by the role of Parliament as the body in the Act that holds the Office of Procurement Regulation accountable.