Government denies any interference to benefit or harm bidders in inter-island maritime transport tender

Praia, Jul 23 (Inforpress) – The Deputy Prime Minister and  Minister of Finance assured Monday that the Government had no interference to eliminate or benefit bidders in the inter-island maritime transport tender process, pointing out that any position in this regard is “bad faith”.

Olavo Correia gave this assurance during the Parliamentary Committee of Inquiry (CPI) meeting on the concession process of the public inter-island maritime transport service. As he explained, “there was no act” made by the Executive to raise doubts in regard to its interference in this tender process.

According to the ruler, the people who intervened in the tender, through the Public Procurement Regulatory Agency (ARAP), “were all appointed” by the previous Government, even though the current Executive has the powers to do so. Accordingly, he also said that the Conflict Management Commission was appointed by ARAP’s Board of Directors, as required by law.

“The Conflict Management Commission is a collegiate body with three members and the prevailing decision is the body’s,” he said, clarifying that this committee intervened at all stages of the tender process, so it respects “the body’s decision” .



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