Two Bhutanese officials won the 2nd South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) Procurement Innovation Award 2017.
A senior ICT associate of Construction Development Board (CDB), Chencho Tshering’s paper on “Web-based online evaluation tool (E-tool) for procurement of works by Royal Government of Bhutan” won the award, while an associate lecturer of Jigme Namgyal Engineering College in Dewathang, Samdrupjongkhar, Pema Wangchuk’s case study on ‘Successful Community Contracting in Bhutan-GNH Model for Procurement of Works that Ensures Social, Economic, and Environmental Sustainability’ was chosen as the runners-up.
The results were declared during the 5th South Asia Regional Procurement Conference held in New Delhi, India, from February 5 to 7 this year.
The winners received their awards on March 9 in Thimphu.
There were 78 entries from the SAARC region out of which eight submissions were from Bhutan.
South Asia Regional Public Procurement Network (SAPPN), The World Bank and Procurement iNET launched the Awards.
The World Bank, Governance Global Practice, Solutions and Innovations in Procurement (SIP-South Asia) became the Secretariat for Award selection.
Information available from World Bank’s website on the award stated that decisions were based on the level of innovation with respect to solutions that differed from mainstream practices and could create measurable value in public procurement.
It also stated that evaluation looked at aspects of value for money, efficiency, and integrity of the procurement process; capacity development and improved participation of the domestic industry, replicability within the organisation, in other organisations in the country or in a different country; sustainability of the innovation driving social, economic and environmental sustainability; and use of information and communication technology.
“The objective of the annual awards is to enhance learning and knowledge sharing from innovative procurement practices adopted in South Asian countries,” World Bank’s website stated.
It also stated that a review of the submissions shows that public procurement is focusing more on developmental strategy than on administrative and operational goals and is driving social, economic, and environmental sustainability; with transparency and enhanced efficiency.