Public Procurement Bill expected this year
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance Peter Turnquest said yesterday that the government hopes to table the Public Procurement Bill by the end of the fiscal year.
“We’re hoping for the end of the fiscal year,” he said.
“I’m not holding my hat on it but we’re still hoping by the end of the fiscal year we’ll deal with that matter.
“…It has to go to the Cabinet subcommittee that is reviewing the bill and it will be presented to Cabinet… and then from there… Parliament.
“Based on the agenda and hopefully debated before the end of the fiscal year.
“Based on the Parliamentary schedule it may miss the end of the [fiscal] year but for certain it should be shortly thereafter.”
Asked when latest the bill is expected to be debated, Turnquest said before the end of the first quarter of 2020.
The United States’ 2018 Human Rights Report noted that the government has yet to implement laws regulating campaign finance.
According to the report, “The procurement process was particularly susceptible to corruption, as it is opaque, contains no requirement to engage in open public tenders, and does not allow review of award decisions.”