KABUL: The 89th weekly meeting of the National Procurement Commission (NPC) was held at the presidential palace on Sunday evening, March 5, 2017, presided by His Excellency Mohammad Ashraf Ghani, the President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan. In this meeting 8 contracts with the total value of 25 billion Afs were approved, which included the:
• The 3rd phase of Kamal Khan Dam project in Nimroz province
• Design and construction of Dahana Dara Dam in Pashtun Kot district of Faryab province
• CASA-1000 power transmission line project which was conditionally approved
• Construction of Asphalt ring road in of Mehtarlaam Baba area of Laghman province
• Construction of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan’s embassy complex in Islamabad
• And three foodstuff as well as fuel contracts of Administrative Office of the President.
H.E. the President of Islamic Republic of Afghanistan while discussing the CASA-1000 power transmission line project, appreciated the efforts made by the negotiating representatives of the Ministries of Finance as well as Energy & Water that resulted in a considerable discount in bidder s’ proposed prices for the project.
On the other hand, NPC reassessed the technical studies & detailed design of the following dams to ensure these important infrastructure national projects are contracted and implemented transparently and effectively:
Ghodaar in Dikondi, Ghazak in Bamyan, Dahani-ghorband in Parwan, Paltoyee in Paktika, Dowamanda in Khost, Alinghar in Laghman, Tir Pul in Herat, Zarmardan in Farah, and Dahana-e-boom in Ghor, Wakhi in Panjshir, Chaal in Takhar, Aab Shura in Badghis, Lurah in Kandahar, Band e Agha Jan in Urozgan, and Band e Suray Khola in Paktia. The NPC decided to hold an exclusive meeting under H. E. the President of Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and with the participation of ministers for Energy and Water, Economy, Senior Advisor to the President in Infrastructure Affairs, and the National Procurement Authority (NPA) soon.
Regarding the feasibility studies of these projects, H. E. the President said that he has personally read the related documents of the projects, and asserted that an economic analysis of rate of return and/or return on investment of the projects against their prices are required. The President also reiterated that the government’s focus is to contract out these projects in transparent and fair manner to companies that possess real potential in terms of financial and technical capacity the for o such projects.
Additionally, NPC approved the Ministry of Defense’s request for domestic products utilization instead of imported goods in foodstuff contracts, and the President once again insisted that the government supports any effort made to empower domestic products in order to create the value chain through governmental contracts for domestic markets and Afghan businesses.
From the other hand, H.E the President while tracking the progress on the former instructions of the NPC on reform process of the Da Afghanistan Breshna Sherkat (DABS), as well as Civilianization and professionalization of procurement unit in Ministry of Interior Affairs, further instructed that a specific timeline shall be determined by the mentioned entities for the reform process accomplishment.
In the end, NPC approved the NPA’s proposal for increasing threshold authorities of line ministries on some of the contract amendment aspects, it also advised that incentivizing methods in cession of authorities to ministries and entities while considering their performance could be taken into account as a good method in the future.
It worth mentioning that so far and in the last 2 years, the NPC through its 89 consecutive weekly meetings, have approved around 2000 contracts with the value of more than 300 billion Afs.
In addition to NPC members, the officials of the National Procurement Authority (NPA), the transparency observers from SIGAR, the Parliamentary Anti-Corruption Caucus (PACC) and CSTCA of the Resolute Support had participated in the meeting.