The Malta Chamber of Commerce, Enterprise and Industry, presented a copy of its recently published report on a proposed Public Procurement Reform to the Hon. Ian Borg, Minister for Transport, Infrastructure and Capital Projects.
“By consulting with businesses who compete for public tenders, we have identified key challenges that hinder the efficacy of public procurement processes and impinge on public confidence,” explained Chamber President, Marisa Xuereb. “This document provides tangible and practical solutions to address these issues. Chief among them is the importance of transparency. We are engaged in an ongoing dialogue with the Ministries and public entities involved to ensure that these recommendations are evaluated and implemented, so that public expenditure delivers the best possible value.”
To further promote good governance, The Malta Chamber is suggesting a more efficient system of blacklisting of operators who are in breach of their obligations, and more transparency on the award of direct orders. “The Malta Chamber understands that direct orders are sometimes necessary, but it is imperative that their award is duly substantiated and justified, adequately publicised and also subject to scrutiny by interested parties,” noted the Chamber President.
“The general public remains our first priority and driver that keeps us rooted to our commitment to serve in the most transparent and effective way and this report is the practical blueprint which puts forward constructive and pragmatic recommendations for reform that the government can follow in order to ensure productive procurement and continuous deliverable achievements,” said Hon. Borg.
The document was compiled after a consultation process with Chamber members led by a working group of experienced business leaders and professionals from various sectors of the economy. It was developed in collaboration with Ganado Advocates.