LAHORE (HANDOUT) - A seminar on Public Procurement was organised by Punjab Procurement Regulatory Authority (PPRA) at 90-Sharah-e-Quaid-e-Azam yesterday. All provincial secretaries, commissioners, head of attached departments, autonomous bodies and chief-executives of public sectors companies participated in the seminar.

Punjab Chief Secretary Zahid Saeed chaired the session, where he highlighted the importance of trainings as well as capacity building of government officials in public procurement. The aim of the seminar was to develop awareness of principles of public procurement and fundamental procedures in top-level government officials.

PPRA Managing Director Ali Bahadur Qazi, in his welcome address, highlighted the aims and objectives of the seminar. He reiterated the importance of public procurement as a tool for good governance, and better service delivery.

The chairman of Planning & Development department stressed on the establishment of Procurement & Project Management Cells in various government departments.

Eminent experts and speakers, including Syed Mohsin Abbas (senior legal expert), Dr Adnan Qadir Khan (CERP form UK), Attaur Rehman (PITB), and PPRA panel of experts delivered lectures on public procurement.

Top government officials serving in various mega projects shared their valuable experiences in procurement. The case studies were developed by PPRA to provide hands-on experience to top government officials on various aspects of public procurement. The participants were divided into six groups, covering six important areas of public procurement, which included planning, prequalification, bidding documents, bid evaluation, grievance redress and contract award.

The chief secretary appreciated the efforts of PPRA for holding such an informative and enriching seminar on public procurement, and gave a shield to best performing group.