NPC approves 11 contracts, saves 92m afs
KABUL (Pajhwok): The National Procurement Commission (NPC) has approved nearly a dozen project contracts worth 915 million afghanis, the Presidential Palace said on Sunday.
At the NPC meeting presided over by President Ashraf Ghani on Saturday evening, a total of 25 contracts related to the ministries of defence, interior, public works, urban development, mines and petroleum, and rural rehabilitation and development and the Office of Administrative Affairs were discussed, the Palace said in a statement.
As a result of evaluation, 11 contracts worth 915 million afs were approved and 92 million afs were saved in the contracts of defence and interior ministries, the statement said.
The meeting also discussed progress in construction work on Kandahar Airport road and directed the Ministry of Public Works to accelerate the project’s implementation by removing challenges toward it.
The president said reforming the procurement system was aimed at facilitating open competition, ensuring participation of the private sector and discouraging violation of the procurement law.
The statement said President Ghani directed the justice minister to create a mechanism to prevent illegal interference in the bidding process and refer to judicial organs those interfering.
He once again insisted on categorising local companies on the basis of their capacity, saying it was responsibility of the Ministry of Commerce to accelerate this process in coordination with and support from other related entities, the statement said.
The president also tasked the foreign ministry with transferring the ministry’s revenue to the government’s treasury.
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