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IMED secretary urged all to work together for sustainable development

Bangladesh Beyond
  • Updated on Sunday, January 9, 2022
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IMED secretary urged all to work together for sustainable development

 

Dhaka January 9 2022 :

 

The Secretary of the Implementation Monitoring and Evaluation Department called upon all, including the employees and citizens of the Republic, to work together to continue the trend of development.

 “If there is harmony and honesty in the words and deeds of the employees of the republic then the people will also participate in the development work spontaneously,” said  Abu Hena Morshed Zaman, secretary of the Implementation Monitoring and Evaluation Division (IMED) under the Planning Ministry.

He was speaking as the chief guest at a virtual workshop on citizen involvement in the implementation of public procurement agreement in Bogra district on Sunday, 09.01.2022 at 03 pm. He further said, “I would request the concerned officials to keep in touch with the citizens and attend their orientation.”

He said, “We need to focus on making women more involved in this initiative. With the joint efforts of all, Citizen Engagement will grow into a big tree”. Calling on all stakeholders, including citizens, local government representatives and contractors, to come under one umbrella, he said, “A huge amount of people’s money is spent on the procurement process for the people. So people have the right to know how their money is being spent, where and for what purpose. The highest level of government is also interested in this matter.”

The speakers said that the strategy to be formulated by the government for the implementation of citizen involvement in public procurement is not the responsibility of any one but of all. In order to ensure the participation of all in the public procurement activities and to bring perfection, a civic monitoring team has been formed in the upazilas with the people around the work site. Their responsibility is to monitor the progress of the work and to report any irregularities to the local government officials in charge. This group is known as the “Citizen Monitoring Group”.

Speakers also said that the Central Procurement Technical Unit (CPTU) of the Implementation Monitoring and Evaluation Division under the Ministry of Planning is working on the involvement of local citizens in the implementation of public procurement in 48 upazilas of the country in phases under the Digitizing Implementation Monitoring and Public Procurement Project (DIMAPPP). Brac Institute of Governance and Development, Brac University is CPTU’s consultant for this purpose.

Under the DIMAPPP project, monitoring of implementation of this agreement has been started in a total of 48 upazilas including 16 upazilas in the first year and 32 more upazilas from the second year. BRAC’s Community Empowerment and Legal Protection (SELP) is collaborating with BIGD in this field. The participants exchanged their experiences at the field level and sought the views of the concerned Stakeholders.

In his introductory remarks, CPTU Director Mr. Md. Aziz Taher Khan thanked everyone and said, “The main objective of today’s workshop is to discuss how to ensure citizen participation in the implementation of public procurement agreements. What do you think about it will also be heard today.”

Speaking as the special guest, Deputy Commissioner and District Magistrate, Bogra, Mr. Md. Ziaul Hoque said, “Those who are taken as members of the citizen monitoring group have to be properly screened.”

 Syeda Salina Aziz, Senior Program Manager, BIGD, presented a power point titled “Citizen Involvement and Workshop Perspectives in Public Procurement Process”.

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