State Audit Bureau refuses to approve tenders of 27 projects – Move tied to implementation of ‘Finance’ decision

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KUWAIT CITY, March 3: State Audit Bureau (SAB) has refused to approve the tenders of 27 projects, owing to implementation of the decision no 1/2016 issued by Ministry of Finance, reports Al-Qabas daily quoting official sources from Ministry of Public Works. They said these projects include 11 of the Roads Sector, 12 of Maintenance Sector and four of Infrastructural Sector.

The sources explained that Ministry of Public Works recently stopped sending the tender documents to State Audit Bureau. It has been working on the tenders through Central Tenders Committee (CTC).

However, the approval of the bureau is needed to seal the contract prior to awarding it; but the bureau refuses to give its approval without the approval of Ministry of Finance based on the latter’s decision no. 1/2016.

They wondered why the bureau has been returning back the documents of the projects, the costs of which are included in the budget of the current fiscal year 2015/2016. They also wondered what will happen to the projects of next year under such a complex situation. The sources suggested that the State Audit Bureau should give its initial approval to Ministry of Public Works based on certain conditions so that the schedules of the projects are not affected, adding that the ministry can later present the approval of Ministry of Finance to the State Audit Bureau.

They revealed that the ministry is currently preparing an explanation for the KD 1 billion which it has asked to be added to the budget of next year, stressing that most of the projects of the ministry are vital and relevant, and are connected to other projects such as housing.

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