CPL SAYS CONTRACT AWARDING UNFAIR
By Kana NOKA – FM100 News
The decision to award Seventy One Million Kina contract to Borneo Pacific Pharmaceutical Ltd (BPPL) in 2013 was unfair.
This was what City Pharmacy Ltd Managing Director Mahesh Patel told the Public Accounts Committee today during the public enquiry.
Mr. Patel told the parliamentary committee that CPL is recognized by World Health Organization to distribute medical drugs and they also partnered with Mission Pharmaceutical – one of the worlds recognized pharmaceutical supplier – to bid in 2013.
CPL Ltd bid for the public tendered contract at K48 million, however the contract was awarded to BPPL for K71 million.
PAC Deputy Chairman Gary Juffa told CPL that according to Health Secretary Pascoe Kase, CPL wanted the ISO 9001 to be removed from the tender process.
However, CPL said they did not ask for ISO 9001 to be removed but only requested for some clarification about it.
CPL bid in 2016 at K43 million; however they were again overlooked , with the contract awarded to BPPL.
Patel told the parliamentary committee that due to the current system, many reputable suppliers have lost confidence in PNG.