Srinagar – A Two day workshop on procurement practices in ADB funded projects organized by Asian Development Bank for the project implementation staff of Jammu and Kashmir ERA concluded here today.
Speaking on the occasion, Chief Executive Officer, Jammu and Kashmir ERA, Saurabh Bhagat, said, Organizing such workshops provides an opportunity for better understanding of ADB procurement policies to project implementation staff and clear their doubts if any on the procurement aspects of the project which is very vital for achieving the intended benefits of the project.
He said that at the same time it provides opportunity for engineers working in other line departments in the state to know about the procurement procedures adopted in internationally funded infrastructure development projects.
It is necessary that ADB procurement policies are adequately mastered by ERA at all levels so as to ensure procurement process is undertaken in an efficient, economic and transparent manner said Bhagat.
He also stressed on the need to have more such workshops on other aspects of infrastructure projects to maintain continuity in knowledge sharing between project funding and project executing agencies and provides a platform to discuss various issues that are encountered during the procurement and other stages of infrastructure project implementation. He asked participants to take maximum benefit out of the workshop. Inaugural session was followed by a daylong session on procurement procedures for ADB funded projects during which Hiroyuki Murayama, Resident Procurement Specialist (ADB) and Chandra Mohan Arora, Procurement Expert (ADB) briefed participants about the various stages of procurement under ADB funded projects.
On second day of the workshop ADB Resource persons briefed participants about ADB guidelines on use of consultants, Consultant Selection Methods, Type of Contracts, Preparation of EOI / RFP, Evaluation of Technical & financial proposals, Managing and Evaluation of Consultants. Workshop was also attended by Khalid Muzaffar, Director Central J&K ERA, Vinod Sharma, Director Urban/safeguard, J&K ERA, O.K Chadgal, Director Transport, J&K ERA, Shagufta Qazi, Director Finance, J&K ERA, Naresh Langeh, Director, J&K ERA, Design and supervision consultants and Project Management Consultant of J&K ERA.
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