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Government sets "simplified procurement" up to 2.5 billion kwanzas during pandemic

The Government determines the execution of "simplified public contracts" only for the acquisition of goods, services and public works contracts "necessary for the prevention and combat of covid-19" in an amount up to 2.5 billion kwanzas.


According to the Executive no. 153/20, of 17 April, of the Ministry of Finance, to which Lusa had access this Thursday, all contracts related to the scope and objective of the diploma must be formed through the procedure of "simplified contracting, based on the material criterion of urgency".

The limits of competence for authorising expenditure, within the scope of preventing and combating covid-19, according to the decree, were set at up to 2.5 billion kwanzas for Ministers of State.

For the ministers, provincial governors, municipal administrators, maximum bodies of public institutes, public companies and companies in the public domain are set expenditures of up to 2 billion kwanzas.

For the "facilitation of the public procurement process" in this period, the decree determines that "any written document, which evidences quantities, types and/or species to be contracted, has the value of a procedural document", also dispensing with the presentation of any enabling document.

"Regardless" of the value of the purchase, he notes, "awards may be made on the basis of invoice" and that "it is not mandatory to sign the contract, and the execution must be accompanied by the terms of delivery.

The country already has 25 positive cases of the new coronavirus, including 16 active cases, six recovered and two deaths, and this Thursday marks the 13th day of the second phase of the state of emergency to count the spread of covid-19.

The first phase of the state of emergency in the country took place between 27 March and 10 April.

According to the decree signed by the Minister of Finance, Vera Daves, states that the contracts concluded "may pay over 15 per cent for extra work and services, as well as for advance payments".

"After 15 days of declaring the end of the pandemic, the contracting public entities must prepare an accountability report, with the identification of the source of the resources, types of contracts entered into and proof of their use for the prevention and combating of the pandemic", reads the document.

The document, which applies to all procedures initiated and/or concluded since the state of emergency came into force, admits "administrative, civil and criminal liability" for failure to render accounts at the end of the period.

The General Inspectorate of State Administration, the National Public Procurement Service and the General Inspectorate of Finance shall ensure the preparation of the reports.

On a global level, according to an AFP balance sheet, the covid-19 pandemic has already caused over 181,000 deaths and infected almost 2.6 million people in 193 countries and territories.

More than 593,500 patients have been considered cured.

The disease is transmitted by a new coronavirus detected at the end of December in Wuhan, a city in central China.


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