CPBN appoints new board members

03 March 2021 | Economics

Seven new board members of the Central Procurement Board of Namibia (CPBN) were sworn by the High Court here on Monday, to serve for a period of three years.

The new board members were sworn in by Deputy Judge-President of High Court, Hosea Angula and they include Julinda !Garu-Oas, Amon Ngavetene, Martin Kambulu, Ono-Robby Nangolo, Efaishe Nghiidipaa, Hilya Nandago-Herman and Epafras Shilongo.

The board members who have joined their chairperson Patrick Swartz and his deputy Lischen Ramakutla are appointed on a five-year contract, effective 01 March 2021 to 28 February 2024 and were appointed in terms of section 11 of the Public Procurement Act of 2015.

At the oath taking ceremony Swartz said the board is mandated by the Act to procure on behalf of public entities in a competitive and transparent manner.

Swartz noted that about 67% of procurement tenders’ awards given out between 2017 and January 2021 benefited Namibians, noting that the aim of the new board is to increase the number of Namibians benefiting from procurements.

Equality

“Under the current economic climate, it is important to focus on Namibians in all areas to get an opportunity to bid for a procurement and if possible, attain it,” he said.

Swartz further noted that one of the new boards’ priorities is to reduce the time it takes CPBN to do procurement, stressing that the current process is unduly long, and given the economic climate there is a need to bring it down substantively.

Swartz emphasised that public entities such as the City of Windhoek, NamPower, NamWater and the ministries have a threshold of N$35 million, noting that services that exceed the verge become the CPBN’s responsibility to procure on behalf of these entities.

He further said there is a need to work closely with various stakeholders such as the media, public entities and the bidders themselves in an effort to educate and create awareness on the functions of the CPBN on an aggregate basis to have more competitiveness. - Nampa

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