Radukic about the need, not the way of procuring furniture

08.06.2021. / 17:37

BANJA LUKA – Chief Audit Office The public sector of Republika Srpska is not satisfied that journalists write about their procurement of almost 450 thousand KM worth of furniture, they say that “the goal is to discredit the Main Service without arguments”, and at the same time they avoid citing any argument why they set illogical conditions that favor suppliers.

PHOTO: Pixabay / Glas Srpske

“First of all, in the part” What is procured “, the individual elements of the furniture for which the offer is requested are highlighted, which is available and visible to all interested parties from the tender documentation. At the same time, the title tendentiously states “half a million marks”, although the maximum amount envisaged for the procurement is ten percent less than that, which is not a small amount “, pointed out the chief auditor Jovo Radukić in reaction to the text published yesterday on the portal CAPITAL under the heading “How the Auditor General of Srpska is setting up a tender for furniture worth half a million marks “.

They also point out that they have been housed in the old building of the RS Government for 12 years, and that they have never procured furniture before.

U written reaction, which is called a denial, they say that they use furniture inherited from previous users, and that it is 15-20 years old, and in most of the reactions they emphasize the need to purchase new furniture, which is not in any part of the mentioned text of the portal CAPITAL not disputed.

The essence of the portal’s text is not disputed in any part of the denial CAPITAL nor is it explained why it is crucial for the purchase / purchase of furniture that the bidder owns a hall of at least 700 square meters.

Also, the Service did not state why it is necessary for potential bidders to have a warehouse space of at least 500 m2, why the bidders cannot pass the tender if they do not employ at least 25 workers working in production with at least three years of work experience in the field of furniture production, nor why a furniture manufacturer that would possibly meet their requirements must have at least three technicians working in preparation in production with at least three years of work experience in furniture production.

“As for the tender documentation itself, it serves potential bidders and bidders in the procurement process and in this case is made up of the most competent employees that the Main Audit Office has, using best practices and standards in this type of procurement, just to procure products. give the best value for the price offered, and so that the furniture being bought is used at least as much as the existing one ”, pointed out in a brief review to the tender documentation without stating the reasons for setting the mentioned conditions to the bidders.

They also added that the mentioned procurement is conducted in accordance with the Law on Public Procurement, and that none of the bidders is favored.

They also had time to refer to the statements of their interlocutors in the text, and stated that the Audit Service is one of the few institutions in BiH that continuously states irregularities identified in the public procurement process by the auditee, and that in each audit of financial statements a special chapter on public procurement, and the most common findings and recommendations related to business compliance are, as they say, precisely those related to public procurement.

In the end, they wondered whether the regularity and legality of public procurement is assessed by the Public Procurement Agency or any media or portal, although the text nowhere mentions that this is illegal, which of course can only be ruled by a court, but raises reasonable doubts conditions of this public procurement.

Although the Main Audit Office emphasizes the transparency and availability of the mentioned procurement notice, they were still bothered by the fact that the journalist of the Portal CAPITAL in the text, he singled out individual elements of office furniture, and they believe that this does not contribute to the quality of the journalistic text.

Also, if auditors publicly ask whether the legality of public procurement should be assessed by the media, they probably believe that the quality of journalistic texts should be assessed by auditors.

CAPITAL:Bojana Ninković

Source: Capital.ba – Informacija je capital by www.capital.ba.

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