The Department of health (DHO) and Population Welfare Department (PWD) of Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa have trained 15 staff members on international procurement through the technical assistance of USAID funded Global Health Supply Chain-Procurement and Supply Management programme (GHSC—PSM) in a local hostel in Islamabad. The government officials of the foregoing departments were given a two days’ intensive training on Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Public Procurement Rules, the challenges encountered in international procurement, steps involved in preparation of standard bidding documents, evaluation of bids, award of contract and contract management.
More specifically, special emphasis was laid on the international payments by the provincial departments and the processes involved therein. The participants were also given detailed orientation on International Commercial Terms (INCOTERMS) and the customs clearance of internationally procured commodities particularly Family Planning commodities. The training was imparted by renowned experts in Public Health Supply Chain management namely Mr. Inamullah Khan and Dr. Tariq Majid.
Dr. Muhammad Tariq, Country Director, GHSC-PSM expressed his immense satisfaction over the successful conduct of training and hoped that in future these trained officials would employ the newly acquired knowledge and skills to undertake all international procurements themselves thus saving sizeable financial resources. He assured PWD and DOH participating officials of unstinted support in any area of supply chain management in future as well.
In his concluding remarks, Mr. Noor Afzal, Director General, Population Welfare Department, Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa lauded the efforts of USAID funded Global Health Supply Chain—Procurement and Supply Management program in building the capacity of the PWD and DOH staff on international best practices that are in line with provincial procurement rules. He expressed his gratitude to Dr. Muhammad Tariq for arranging this useful learning opportunity for DOH and PWD staff, and acknowledged that these opportune activities will go a long way in plugging the capacity gaps that exist in respective provincial departments particularly international procurement.
Historically, there was a high dependency on imported contraceptives through international cooperation, USAID support during 2010-15 also helped the provincial governments receive family planning commodities from international markets USAID supported the Government of Pakistan and provided FP commodity support worth USD 108 million to all four provinces and four federating to ensure commodity security up to end-user level. USAID supply chain investments in Pakistan have ensured sustainability and a seamless transition from provinces being sheer recipients of FP commodities to procuring entities through significant technical assistance and this training on international procurement was part of those efforts.