PAKISTAN

Country Public Procurement Profile Survey (with E-Government Procurement Overview)
COUNTRY Pakistan
Respondent Agency Electronic Government Directorate, Ministry of IT
Date of First Submission Thursday, June 23, 2011
Date of Last Update Thursday, June 23, 2011
Part A.  Country Public Procurement Profile (Only those answers selected by the respondent from a multiple choice menu would appear below.)
1 Does your country have a central Public Procurement Authority (PPA) with legal authority through legislative enactment, executive decree or administrative regulation to act as functional and normative body in public procurement?
a.      Yes
2 The PPA’s mandates involve the following responsibilities (please select as many as applicable, one per line):
a.       formulation of procurement policy and regulations
b.      procurement prior reviews/no-objection
c.       procurement oversight and post reviews
d.      procurement audit
e.       procurement complaint review
g.       professional advise and guidance in public procurement
h.      procurement capacity development and training
Others (please specify):
3 The PPA reports to:
c.      Ministry of Finance
Others (please specify):
4 Number of people employed by the PPA: (Please provide an organizational chart of the PPA and email address for communication, if possible)
d. 15 and more
Email address for communication with PPA:  info@ppra.org.pk
5 Does PPA have a website?
a.      Yes
Link to PPA website:  www.ppra.org.pk
6 The PPA website covers the following areas (please select as many as applicable, one per line):
a.       procurement related regulations and documents
b.      news, events and policy initiatives related to public procurement
c.       interaction with users through procurement forum, Q&A, customer survey & feedback, policy dialogue & experience sharing, etc
f.       specific opportunities and notices for bidders
g.       posting of contract award with name of the winning bidder and contract value
h.      posting of overview and resolutions to complaints
Other functions (please specify):
7 Do you have a public procurement law or any other regulatory act with legislative power? (Please provide a link or a scanned copy of its English version.) If yes, which of following are true (please select as many as applicable, one per line)?
a.       the scope of the law covers all procurement handled by public entities including foreign funded procurements but excluding goods and services for national security purpose only
b.      the scope the law excludes entire defense procurement
e.       the scope of the law covers concession contracts such as BTO, BOT, PPP etc the
f.       the law allows framework contracts
g.       the law establishes a fully decentralized system for procurement decision making with no prior review (i.e. each procuring entity is fully responsible for its procurement)
h.      the law establishes a decentralized system with prior review and approval procedures for large contracts
k.      the law mandates standardization of procurement practices mandating use of common procedures and standard bidding documents and forms
l.        the law currently provides principles and general procedures  that makes provision for the  use/adoption of e-procurement
m.    the law describes principles for national registration and classification system for contractors as not a pre-condition to participate in biding process or to qualify for specific contracts.
n.      the law mandates the use of the registration and classification system as pre-qualification of contractors to bid
o.      the law provides for an administrative review mechanism for complaint that allows bidder to challenge procuring entity’s decision before filing for judicial review to the court
Link to public procurement law, if any:
8 Do you have a strategic plan or reform agenda for developing the procurement system in your country? (Please provide a copy or link)
a.       Yes, this is a long term procurement strategy updated 3-5 years and its key outcomes are incorporated into national development strategy documents of the country
Others (please specify):
9 What kind of initiatives and assistance in your view is needed to improve your public procurement system in the near future? [Please select your five most important initiatives among the choices, one per line.]
a.       Conduct an overall assessment of the effectiveness of the country’s public procurement system
b.      Assess compliance with country’s public procurement rules and regulations by procuring entities
c.       Assess effectiveness of the public financial management system and public administration system to generate support for public procurement policy reform
d.      Create a sustainable training system for procurement practitioners to ensure compliance, professionalism and career development
e.       Create a single window for procurement related information and statistics led by PPA and connect with e-procurement system
f.       Launch communication campaign to improve public awareness of country’s public procurement policy
g.       Analyze the structure and business practices of key procuring entities and support the improvement of their procurement functions
h.      Analyze the structure and business practices of PPA and support efforts to improve its capacity and performance
i.        Reform public procurement strategy to further the development of small and medium enterprises through procurement
j.        Reform public procurement strategy to further the economic rights of disadvantaged groups,  e.g, indigenous people, disabled people through procurement
k.   Reform public procurement strategy to further the economic rights of disadvantaged regions through procurement
Others (please specify):
Additional notes, if any:  ALL CHOICES WERE SELECTED
10 What is the size of the public procurement of your country? Please select the closest corresponding values based on most recent available information or your rough assessment?
I. Average annual procurement under national and local budget
II. Average annual procurement by State Owned Enterprises (those who are subject to the procurement regulations)
III. Average annnual procurement under Official Development Assistance (Donor-funded projects)
Part B.  e-Government Procurement Planning (Only those answers selected by the respondent from a multiple choice menu would appear below.)
1 Has your government formed or implemented a concrete plan for development of e-Gp?  Please select only one answer.  (If yes, please email a copy of the plan to mkhaltarpurev@adb.org).
d.   The government is in initial stage of preparing the e-Gp development plan and roadmap
2 Which of the following best describes the functionality of your planned e-Gp initiatives? (Please select as many as applicable, one per line.)
a.       a single website that consolidates and publishes all national information and policies related to public procurement
c.       e-publication system for real time procurement notices
d.      e-publication of procurement awards and results
e.        system for bidders to download bidding documents and RFPs in response to the published procurement notices
f.       e-bidding system for bidders to submit their bid or proposals online and observe the online public opening of the bid
g.       e-contracting system which allows award notification and contract signing through the system
h.      e-payment system which allows invoicing and payment through the system
j.        online purchasing from e-catalogs or supplier marketplace
l.        electronic supplier registration system
m.    Government Procurement (credit) card transaction reporting and reconciliation system
3 Do you have plans to implement any new e-Gp system at the national level? (Please select as many as applicable, one per line.)
a.       a single website that consolidates and publishes all national information and policies related to public procurement
c.       e-publication system for real time procurement notices
d.      e-publication of procurement awards and results
e.        system for bidders to download bidding documents and RFPs in response to the published procurement notices
f.       e-bidding system for bidders to submit their bid or proposals online and observe the online public opening of the bid
g.       e-contracting system which allows award notification and contract signing through the system
h.      e-payment system which allows invoicing and payment through the system
i.        online reverse auctions or electronic negotiations
j.        online purchasing from e-catalogs or supplier marketplace
l.        electronic supplier registration system
m.    Government Procurement (credit) card transaction reporting and reconciliation system
n.      System for receiving bid securities or guarantees
4 Does the scope of your e-GP plans include the following? (Please select as many as applicable, one per line, and please provide a copy of the relevant documents if possible.)
a.    improving legal architecture to facilitate e-Gp system implementation
b.   assessing e-readiness of procuring entities through surveys and feasibility studies
c.   Obtaining/searching funding support for e-Gp system enhancement
d.    creation of necessary IT infrastructure
e.   conducting user acceptance and testing
f.    testing and obtaining relevant government agency approvals with respect to information security
g.    piloting e-Gp module
h.   drafting amendments to the public procurement law and its implementing rules and   regulations to facilitate  e-Gp operations
i.   generating public awareness and conducting consultation with suppliers to promote development of e-Gp system