The Competition Commission has published a ‘Guidance for Public Procurers on Bid Rigging’, in collaboration with the Procurement Policy Office. The document was launched on 27th April 2022, during a half-day workshop at the Caudan Arts Centre, in Port-Louis.
The workshop was organised as a joint initiative of the Procurement Policy Office (PPO) and the Competition Commission (CC). A presentation was also made on the latest amendments brought in 2021 to the public procurement legislation.
The Director of the PPO, Mr Hirendranath Rambhojun, the Executive Director of the CC, Mr Deshmuk Kowlessur, as well as several representatives from public bodies were present.
The purpose of this ‘Guidance for Public Procurers on Bid Rigging’ is to be an integral part of public procurers’ toolkit and serves as a referral point.
The main objective is to raise awareness of procurement officials at all levels of their respective hierarchies, on the possible signs of bid rigging, at the conception of the pre-bidding process, bidding as well as post bidding stages.
This guidance will help procurers in identifying potential risks of collusion in bidding exercise and gives general directions on how to deal with suspicious case of bid rigging.
The Guidance document is available both in physical copy (upon request) and in electronic version, here.
This endeavour is part of the advocacy mandate of the Competition Commission, and further explanatory sessions for benefit of procurement officials will follow during the year.