St. Lucia Receives Training on Caribbean Public Procurement Notice Board

St. Lucia Receives Training on Caribbean Public Procurement Notice Board

Public officers in St. Lucia are participating in a three-day training session this week on the functions of the Caribbean Public Procurement Notice Board (CPPNB) and the National Advertising Portal (NAP). The electronic platforms are available for CARICOM governments to procure goods and services but currently only Belize and Barbados make use of the platforms. While St. Lucia and Belize are the only countries that have approved the rules and procedures for administering the 2019 Protocol on Public Procurement, St. Lucia has yet to utilize the platforms. Director of the CARICOM Single Market, Titus Preville told the participants that CARICOM collectively spends eighty thousand US dollars annually to maintain the platforms that only Barbados and Belize are utilizing. St. Lucia’s Permanent Secretary in the Department of Finance, Francis Fontenelle, said that three-day capacity-building opportunity will afford procurement entities an appreciation of the objectives of regionally integrated procurement, the benefits to be derived, and the manner in which those benefits can be achieved. Belize signed on to the Protocol on Public Procurement on July 5, 2019 and ratified it on October 4, 2019. 

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