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Integrity Pact 'successful' in curbing corruption

Jan 25. 2020
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The Comptroller-General's Department has said the Integrity Pact initiative has helped the government save over Bt73 billion of budget since 2015.

Wilawan Phayanoi, the department’s spokeswoman and deputy director-general, said on Saturday (January 25) that as the central agency responsible for monitoring and administering the disbursement of the state budget, the Comptroller-General’s Department had started the Integrity Pack initiative since fiscal year 2015. The aim was to make sure that the government procurement and purchasing procedures are transparent and in compliance with related regulations and standards.

“Under the Integrity Pack, three parties must sign the procurement contract comprising the government agency that owns the project, the entrepreneur providing the products or services, and a third-party observer who possesses knowledge, expertise and experience related to the project,” she said. “All parties agree in writing to the terms and regulations of project’s procurement and all details of the process from request for proposal to the project’s completion must be verifiable by their counterparts.”

The Integrity Pact essentially helps prevent corruption in the procurement process, promotes fair competition and builds confidence among private parties to participate in the public-private partnership, added Wilawan.

“Since 2015 there have been 106 procurement projects that signed the Integrity Pact with combined project value of Bt18.103 trillion,” she said. “Fifty-three projects had already completed the procurement process with combined contract value of Bt160.201 billion and the pact has saved the government some Bt73.047 billion as a result of observer party giving advice to the project owners regarding suitable prices and specifications versus those proposed by the entrepreneurs.”

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