Minister of Finance and the Public Service, Dr Nigel Clarke recently opened the debate on the Public Procurement (Amendment) Bill in the House of Representatives. He paid tribute to his predecessors and the staff of the Ministry of Finance and the Public Service for the work done in getting to this stage.
The Finance Minister emphasised that the amendments and regulations seek to improve efficiency in the public sector and make Jamaica’s public procurement consistent with international standards.
Dr Clarke observed that the Procurement Bill was passed in 2015 but has not yet come into effect as regulations have been pending. He adds that in finalising the regulations, it became necessary to also amend the principal Act to deal with among other things, provisions under special and differential treatment measures, which are geared towards the support of the micro, small and medium-sized enterprises. To support this, key terms have now been defined including that of supplier, special and differential treatment measures, offsets, domestic margin of preference and set-asides.
The Minister observed that the Procurement Bill with amendments and regulations represents a landmark bill that offers to modernize Jamaica’s public procurement process consistent with international standards.
The Public Procurement Act is supported by three pieces of regulations, which are intended to enable its effective operations. These are the Public Procurement Regulations 2018; the Public Procurement (Reconsideration and Review) Regulations, 2018; and the Public Procurement (Registration and Classification of Suppliers) Regulations, 2018.
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