CCP ensures level playing field in procurement of bulldozers
KARACHI: The Competition Commission of Pakistan (CCP) has ensured compliance by the Balochistan’s Agricultural Engineering Department with the provisions of the Competition Act, 2010 in a tender floated for the procurement of bulldozers by removing anti-competitive clauses from the tender.
CCP received a complaint from a supplier of bulldozers regarding restrictive clauses in a tender floated by the Balochistan’s Agricultural Engineering Department (A&E Department) for procurement of bulldozers.
Under the technical specifications, only equipment from USA, UK, EU and Japan were eligible for participation. This restricted, among others, the Chinese equipment manufacturers from the bidding process that are some of the biggest bulldozer manufacturer in the world. The complainant stated that for the past 20 years, it has been working in Pakistan with different government departments and private companies.
These prerequisites in the tender document appeared to hinder a level-playing field among various suppliers of bulldozers by ostensibly foreclosing the market to the maximum available competition.
Explaining its mandate, the CCP shared its concerns with the A&E Department and other concerned authorities as to competition implications that the inclusion of such restrictive clauses may have on competition in the market.
In response, A&E Department acknowledged the competition concerns raised by the CCP and resolved the matter by amending the bidding document and floating the tender again with the omission of country of origin.
Some of the benefits that are expected to accrue as a result of this measure include provision of a level playing field to all the suppliers of bulldozers in Pakistan, widest possible competition that leads to more choices, higher value for money, and since public funds are involved savings to the exchequer, and encouragement for innovation in technology by eliminating discrimination against newer entrants in favour of the incumbents.
CCP is appreciative of the prompt response and diligent efforts by the A&E Department to promote competition in the market for public procurement of bulldozers in Balochistan.