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BPPA plans piloting of SPP in FY25

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Published: 01:36, 1 July 2024  
BPPA plans piloting of SPP in FY25

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As part of efforts to attain SDG Goal 12 as well as Target 12.7, Bangladesh Public Procurement Authority (BPPA) mulls piloting of Sustainable Public Procurement (SPP) in the country from the financial year 2024-2025.

Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of BPPA, Mohammed Shoheler Rahman Chowdhury revealed the plan while making special remarks at the opening of a three-day training for master trainers of sustainable public procurement at a hotel in Dhaka.

Organized by BPPA in collaboration with the World Bank, the training commenced on 27 June 2024 and concluded on 29 June 2024. A total of 38 participants comprising officers of BPPA, national procurement trainers and representatives of various procuring agencies took part in the training, reports BSS.

The welcome address was given by Nagaraju Duthaluri, Lead Procurement Specialist of the World Bank, Dhaka Office, and the opening remarks were made by Operations Manager Gayle Martin.

In the process of SPP, environmental, social and economic factors are considered on the basis of a whole life cycle value of any goods, works and services to achieve value for money.

The World Bank has engaged an international consultant Jellie Molino under the Climate Support Facility-Bangladesh grant for the knowledge-sharing program on Green Procurement.

Jellie has developed training module in consultation with BPPA for GPP/SPP master trainers. She delivered training to the SPP master trainers.

The use of SPP/GPP instead of traditional procurement will help countries deliver on SDGs, improve environmental performance and develop markets with sustainable products and services and drive innovation.

It also will contribute to social equity and gender equality. BPPA formulated the SPP Policy under the Digitizing Implementation Monitoring and Public Procurement Project (DIMAPPP) in 2023 with support from the World Bank.

The government, upon approval of the SPP Policy, published the gazette on 10 December 2023. BPPA has also formulated SPP Guidelines which are now under consideration by the government for approval.

Primarily, six products have been selected for piloting of SPP. These are paper and paper products, office supplies, computer and other electronic equipment and supplies, office and other furniture or related wooden appliances, vehicles and other transportation equipment, and official paper-made publications.

However, considering the impact on the environment, four other sectors like building and road constructions, water and energy are now considered for piloting of SPP. The BPPA has also selected focal persons for this from the respective procuring agencies.

The CEO of BPPA said capacity development is very vital for implementing the SPP. That is why the first group training has been provided to 38 master trainers to develop them as experts in SPP.

There will be more such training to develop more trainers in the country.

Sustainable Development Goal 12 speaks of ensuring sustainable consumption and production patterns and SDG Target 12.7 spells out the promotion of public procurement practices that are sustainable, in accordance with national policies and priorities.

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