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No transparency in public procurement- Auditor General 2013 Report

Auditor General Sonia M. Webster, has said that the 2013 regulations for public procurement were insufficient to ensure transparency. Photo: VINO/File
The Auditor General, in the Report, noted that “soft provision allow for circumvention of regulations which can be bypassed or otherwise disregarded with the splitting of contracts and waiver of tender.” Photo: VINO/File
The Auditor General, in the Report, noted that “soft provision allow for circumvention of regulations which can be bypassed or otherwise disregarded with the splitting of contracts and waiver of tender.” Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI –In a damning indictment of Government’s procurement process, Auditor General (AG) Sonia M. Webster, in her 2013 Annual Report—laid before the House of Assembly—stated that “the regulations in place for public procurement are insufficient to ensure transparency and value for money is achieved in contract letting.”

The Auditor General noted that “soft provision allow for circumvention of regulations which can be bypassed or otherwise disregarded with the splitting of contracts and waiver of tender.”

Ms Webster warned that the regulations for public tender needs to be reviewed for improved management and transparency in public procurement.

No balance of books

Meanwhile, in the same 2013 Report, Ms Webster complained that “a number of departments and ministries held over their 2013 expenditures to be paid from their 2014 budget.”

According to the Auditor General in the Report, the ‘carried forward unpaid expenditure’ for the period under review was $2.2 Million.

The Auditor General noted that Departments which held substantial ‘carried forward expenditures’ were the Water and Sewerage  Department and the Ministry for Education and Culture,  along with the Facilities Management Unit.

2 Responses to “No transparency in public procurement- Auditor General 2013 Report”

  • Political Observer (PO) (16/08/2018, 16:32) Like (21) Dislike (0) Reply
    OK. Do any programmes or functions in the VI function well? If so which one, if any? It seems as if no one adheres to regulations, rules, processes......etc. Well, sah!


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