THE Central Supply and Tenders Board says processes required by law were adhered to when awarding Borneo Pacific Pharmaceuticals the contract to supply health centres and aid post kits in the country.
Board secretary Babaga Naime said the contract was awarded by the National Executive Council based on the board’s recommendation to the PNG-registered company.
“This company has a proven track record of medical supplies to health centres and hospitals for at least 10 years including some of the remotest parts of the country,” Naime said.
“CSTB made a recommendation to NEC, three short-listed bidders in order of preference based on recommendation from the health department’s technical evaluation committee comprising highly experienced medical and procurement professionals.”
He said Borneo Pacific was not a manufacturer and did not require the ISO 9001 accreditation, which was a requirement for manufacturers only.
He said processes required by law were followed and the boards and committees entrusted by PNG laws to make such recommendations or decisions had done so to execute the government contract.
He said two other bidders did not have the local experience and were not registered with the Investment Promotion Authority and the PNG Pharmaceutical Board, which were prerequisites.
“Local experience is important because of the diverse culture and customs and the hard local geographical conditions of the country.
“Sourcing and delivering of vital medicines and drugs to our hospitals and health centres with this magnitude of work needs experienced players in the local area.”
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