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Shortcomings to delay many govt, oil projects

CAPT warned of illegal actions’ consequences

KUWAIT CITY, Sept 8: Reliable sources at the Central Agency for Public Tenders (CAPT) warned of the consequences of what they call “wrong and illegal actions taken by the agency concerning technical studies and the preparation of reports related to government agencies’ tenders by non-specialized employees who do not possess the required experience in accordance with Article No.7 of Public Tenders Law,” reports Al-Qabas daily.

The same sources added a civil engineer discusses report for an oil project in oil engineering studies projects related to civil construction, while a new graduate employee prepares reports for mega projects. They noted “an employee specialized in political science is studying tender related to consultation services in the management of Kuwait International Airport projects, while an architectural engineer is studying tender for the North Kuwait project for transport, drilling and processing at Kuwait Oil Company, and a chemical engineer is studying project related to the installation of oil well heads. Reports prepared by non-specialized employees are submitted according to Tenders Law to the Board of Directors of the agency, especially in relation to awards, contracts and change orders, they added, indicating “the danger lies in the fact that most of the decisions of tenders board are issued based on reports related to important projects, which some are estimated to cost millions of dinars.”

They attributed such shortcomings to delay and obstruction of many government and oil projects that extend for several months due to bureaucracy within the technical sector and other departments of the agency entrusted to study the State projects, despite the many complaints in the technical sector.

Also, they pointed out that “preparing and discussing reports is part of the work of the general secretariat of the agency”, asking if members of the board of directors make their decisions based on reports produced by non-specialized employees? Does the law give non-specialists- whether the agency’s employees or hired people, the right to prepare and discuss reports for state projects?” Sources noted the negligence of this sensitive agency over the years, has led to weak performance, which calls for swift solutions, with a review of some articles of the law that hinder the document cycle, amid the establishment of a suitable financial cadre similar to other regulatory bodies, instead of the current fl awed incentives of some employees to attract national competencies with experience and professionalism.

This will have direct positive impact on the projects of the bodies subject to tenders law, as well as the interests of relevant companies. A representative of a government agency, according to sources, noticed in the meetings of the Tenders Board, the presence of a permanent employee researching and discussing topics for projects in various fields, and after verifying his qualifications, discovered the did not possess any qualification and rather lacked the required experience to engage in research and discussions

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