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New public procurement regime takes effect today

Monday, April 01, 2019

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KINGSTON, Jamaica — The new public procurement regime, which should enhance the potential for micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) to compete for larger shares of Government procurement contracts, takes effect today.

The Ministry of Finance and the Public Service says, with the move, the National Contracts Commission will cease to exist and will be replaced with the Public Procurement Commission (PCC), which will maintain operations from the Offices of the Integrity Commission on Oxford Road in Kingston.

“The PCC will have responsibility for endorsing recommendations for the award of Government contracts, making recommendations to Cabinet for the award of Government contracts as well as registering companies/ businesses desirous of participating in the Government of Jamaica procurement process,” says the ministry.

The Public Procurement (Amendment) Act was passed in August 2018.

The new regime will allow for: 'Set-Asides,' which is reserving a portion of the annual procurement budget for MSMEs; and Domestic Margins of Preference, which is the preferential treatment of Jamaican suppliers in accessing Government procurement contracts in specific circumstances.

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