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Gov’t issues procurement notice warning

Wednesday, December 18, 2013    

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FINANCIAL Secretary Devon Rowe said yesterday that the Jamaica Information Service (JIS) is the only entity responsible for the issuance of Government of Jamaica (GoJ) procurement notices, through the Public Procurement Page.

In a circular issued on December 9, 2013, Rowe said no procuring entity is to advertise procurement opportunities outside of this facility.

"It has been brought to the attention of this ministry (finance), that procuring entities are disregarding the instituted mechanism for the publication of procurement opportunities by way of the GoJ Public Procurement Page and placing advertisements in the print media, bypassing the JIS. This practice must cease immediately," Rowe warned.

Rowe pointed out that the Public Procurement Page, which is published on Saturdays in the Gleaner and Tuesdays in the Jamaica Observer, is intended to reduce the GoJ's cost of advertising and bring about awareness to stakeholders of GoJ procurement opportunities.

The financial secretary also reminded procuring entities that they will be fully responsible for submission of advertisements and payment for placements to the JIS.

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