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Thirteen companies prevented from working with the State due to non-compliance

The National Public Procurement Service (SNCP) has already opened 258 cases for contractual breaches, of which 13 resulted in companies being prevented from working with the State, the SNCP director said this Wednesday.


Speaking to journalists, on the sidelines of the presentation of the evaluation report on the country's public procurement system, Osvaldo Ngoloimwe, said that, of the 258 contractual breach cases under analysis, 18 have already been decided.

Among these, 13 led to the inclusion of companies on a list of entities prevented from working with the State for varying periods of time, and another five were archived due to insufficient facts.

The same official highlighted that Angola has adopted significant improvements in terms of public procurement, as the SNCP has clearly assumed the role of regulator and supervisor.

A good indicator, he highlighted, was the publication, for the first time, of all annual hiring plans, "a historic fact, because it promotes transparency".

Regarding the use of simplified contracting (direct adjustments), he said that it represents 34 percent of acquisitions, and considered that this percentage is low, but recommended that predominantly open procedures be adopted, such as the public tender, the tender limited by prior qualification and the electronic dynamic procedure, "because competition generates savings for the State".

Direct adjustments according to the value criterion cannot exceed 18 million kwanzas, but they can also be made according to material criteria, which do not observe these limits.

Amílcar Bilale, regional responsible for public procurement in Southern Africa at the African Development Bank said that Angola must adopt some measures to improve public procurement, namely increasing the use of electronic procurement, greater transparency and dissemination of information and greater institutional capacity building and training of public buyers, as well as sustainable public procurement in environmental and socioeconomic terms.

On the other hand, he admitted that there is an excessive use of simplified contracting, a fact that he related to the lack of planning and recommended electronic contracting to increase the efficiency and competitiveness of the system, highlighting, however, that "Angola has made a lot of progress in updating its laws".


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