Transparency International Pakistan has congratulated Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif for procurement of 100,000 laptops fully in accordance with PPRA Rules. The Rs 4.5 billion contract was signed between the Government of Pakistan and HAIER China, today, for supply of laptops under Prime Minister’s Youth Programme (PMYP). The entire process has been completed by HEC in a record time of 20 days.
The signing ceremony was held at HEC Secretariat, Islamabad, today. Mr. Anwar Amjad, Director General, Information Technology, Higher Education Commission (HEC) and Mr. Zhang Le, International Projects Manager, HAIER Electrical Appliances Corp. Ltd. signed the contract. HAIER has won the contract through a competitive process conducted by HEC in which major manufacturers of laptops participated.
Sohail Muzaffar, chairman of TI-Pakistan, said in a statement that the procurement of laptops had been made under the guidance of the organization. “The procurement proves that any contract can be awarded to the lowest responsive bidder, at the most economic cost, in 20 days if the Public Procurement Regulatory Authority (PPRA) rules are applied across the board.”
He said that TI-Pakistan supported the government policy of award of contracts on the fast track basis in water and power and oil and gas sectors.
The laptops would be distributed among young and bright students studying in public sector higher education institutions, across the country. HEC is the executing agency, responsible for developing criteria, modalities and roadmap for procurement and distribution of laptops under this programme. During 2013-14, 100,000 laptops would be distributed among students as per the defined criteria.