The Jatiya Sangsad [Bangladesh Parliament] yesterday passed a bill dropping from the Public Procurement Act 2006 the provision of past experience as a condition for getting contracts for public work involving up to Tk 2 crore.
Planning Minister AK Khandker proposed passage of the bill for bringing a few amendments to the PPA which include dropping the provision of past experience.
But during scrutiny of the bill, the parliamentary standing committee on the planning ministry changed the proposal for dropping from the PPA the provision of past experience. The House later passed the bill in November in line with the committee recommendations.
Finally, the minister came up with the new bill on June 7 seeking amendments to the PPA, and it was passed yesterday.
When the government first moved to get the PPA amended last year, the opposition BNP and some donor agencies strongly criticised the move.
They alleged the amendment would lead to corruption, and quality of government work will fall.
NO COMMENT other than to note that a "crore" is 10 million, so the "Tk 2 crore" limit would be twenty million Bangladeshi Taka, which, if I have used the calculator correctly, would be approximately USD $285,000. I would imagine that would represent a rather sizable sum of money in Bangladesh.