The National Procurement Commission has given its recognition to Jimi district in Jiwaka province to have its own procurement committee in place.
The Jimi procurement committee members were commissioned in the swearing-in ceremony held this afternoon at the NPC Haus in Port Moresby.
Jimi District Administrator and Chairman of the Procurement Committee, Lawrence Itali, speaking on behalf of the people of Jimi district acknowledged the National Procurement Commission for its recognition. He said this is an important element of management for service delivery in the district.
NPC Board Chairman Mr Kenneth Thomson speaking during the swearing in of Jimi District Procurement Committee (JDPC) said Provincial Governments and District Development Authorities will award contracts for goods and services to national companies only, according to the National Procurement Commission Board.
Mr Thomson said all Provincial Procurement Committees has a threshold limit of K5million and District Procurement Committees have a threshold limit of K2.5million.
“These amounts are way below K10 million threshold limit under Section 47 and 48 of the National Procurement Act which restricts contracts below that value to be awarded to national companies only, companies owned by Papua New Guinea citizens,” he said.
He said the National Procurement Commission which replaces the then Central Supply and Tenders Board has been doing its very best to establish procurement committees in every districts and provinces throughout the country.