The Public Procurement Commission (PPC) members, which have a vital role to play in the equity and fairness of the public procurement process, were sworn in on Friday by President Irfaan Ali.
The members are Attorney-at-Law Pauline Chase, Financial Analyst Joel Bhagwandin, Rajnarine Singh, Diana Rajkumar and Berkeley Wickham. Chase, was unavoidably absent and will be sworn in at a later date.
The quartet took their Oath of Office at the Credentials Room at the Office of the President.
The PPC, which had expired in 2019, saw Carol Corbin as Chairperson with Ivor English, Nanda Gopaul, Sukrishnalall Pasha, and Emily Dodson as members. Corbin was retained until 2020.
The National Assembly’s Public Accounts Committee, which is responsible for approving members of this Commission, arrived at these five persons in January.
Among the PPC’s key functions are, according to the Procurement Act, to monitor and review the functioning of all procurement systems to ensure that they are in accordance with law and such policy guidelines as may be determined by the National Assembly.
Promote awareness of procurement rules, procedures, and special requirements among suppliers, constructors, and public bodies.
This Commission is tasked with safeguarding the national interest in public procurement matters, having due regard to any international obligations, and monitoring the performance of procurement bodies concerning adherence to regulations and efficiency in procuring goods and services and execution of works.
Additionally, Hakeem Mohamed was also sworn in as member of the Police Service Commission (PSC). Mohamed, was unavoidably absent during last month’s swearing in of the Constitutional body.
He will join businessman Ernesto Choo-a-Fat, Attorney-at-Law Lloyd Mark Conway, and Pastor Patrick Findlay, who is the Chair.