18 bids for ARV tender

12 January 2021 | Local News

STAFF REPORTER



WINDHOEK

The Central Procurement Board of Namibia (CPBN) has received 18 bids for the ministry of health’s tender for the procurement of antiretroviral drugs (ARVs).

This after MediPark Pharmaceutical Wholesalers dragged the CPBN to court over the tender, seeking an interim interdict to stop the further implementation of a decision to supply and deliver ARVs by way of open international bidding.

CPBN marketing and stakeholder engagement specialist Johanna Kambala said the High Court of Namibia last month dismissed Medipark’s urgent application.

She said MediPark petitioned the High Court for an interim interdict, which was meant to restrain the ministry and the CPBN from continuing to implement a decision to procure the supply and delivery of ARVs through open international bidding in accordance with the Public Procurement Act.

This bid went on the market on 28 September and closed on 14 December.

Had enough time

Kambala said open international bidding is used if the estimated value of the procurement exceeds the prescribed threshold, the goods or services are not available under competitive price and other conditions from more than one supplier in Namibia or there is no response to open national bidding and the goods or services are obtained from international bidders.

“In their court papers, Medipark expanded their request by asking the High Court to urgently interdict the CPBN from proceeding with the bid opening on 14 December and the subsequent evaluation of the bid in question as planned.”

Kambala said the court found Medipark’s urgency self-created, and that it had enough time to approach the courts, but only did so on 14 December 2020.

“As a result of this ruling by the High Court, the CPBN proceeded with the bid. In total, the CBPN received 18 bids for this procurement,” she said.

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