A five-member delegation from the Gambia Complaints Review Board met the members of the Independent Review Panel (IRP) yesterday in Port-Louis with a view to discuss on the functions and operations of the IRP.
On this occasion, the Chairperson of the IRP, Mr Herve Lassemillante, underlined that the IRP plays an essential role in the perception of good governance in public procurement amongst bidders and more generally in the public. It is therefore necessary to view the organisation as an independent entity whose objective is to enhance the principles of transparency and good practice, he emphasised.
Speaking of transparency, he pointed out that all members of the IRP are required to declare their assets on taking, and leaving the office. The panel, he underscored, should not be viewed as a hurdle in the implementation of a project but rather as an instrument to facilitate the procurement of complex works, goods and services necessary for the development of the country.
For her part, the Chairperson and Group Leader of the delegation, Mrs Amina Saho Ceesay, informed that the purpose of this meeting was to solicit the views of the members of the IRP on the successful operations of the organisation while adding that the Gambia Complaints Review Board, recently set up in 2016, has a lot to learn from Mauritius. The overall objective, she highlighted, is to come up with a procurement regime for Gambia which is in line with international best practice.
Independent Review Panel
The IRP was established in January 2008 to look into requests made by unsatisfied bidders and to review procurement proceedings in certain specific cases. Its main objectives are to uphold and maintain the confidence of suppliers and contractors as well as the public in the public procurement process; to ensure and enable transparency and good governance and to determine appeals against procurement decisions in line with Public Procurement Act 2006 and other Regulations.
The panel consists of a Chairperson, a Vice-Chairperson and four members having experience in the legal, administrative, economic, financial, engineering, scientific or technical matters and they are appointed for three years by the President of the Republic, acting in accordance with the advice of the Prime Minister, prior to discussions with the Leader of the Opposition.
Source: Government of Mauritius