Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Public Procurement Regulatory Authority (KPPRA) is an autonomous organization, established under an Act of the Provincial Assembly of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
procurement has become a specialized undertaking of the modern world.
Government departments generally face institutional capacities issue in their
internal control, fiscal management, procurement and contract administration
which limit and hamper their overall performance and the delivery of services.
There is a strong direct correlation between transparent public procurement and
to the accomplishment of the KPPRA Act 2012, all public procurement were
carried out under the umbrella of “The NWFP Procurement of Goods, Works,
Services and Consultancy Services Ordinance" passed on 31st May, 2002. On the
basis of the Ordinance, NWFP Procurement of Consultancy Services Rules were
notified in 2002. Similarly under the Ordinance, the provincial government
notified the procurement rules on 14 January, 2004 called the NWFP procurement
of Goods, Works and Services rules, 2003.
procurement specific reforms in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa were triggered by the World
Bank back in 2007. This initiative was part of the reforms agenda under Public
Financial Management (PFM) component of the Finance Department. The Provincial Assembly of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa passed
the Public Procurement Regulatory Authority bill on Monday 3rdSeptember
2012 which became an Act on 16thSeptember 2012 Vide Notification No.
PA/Khyber Pakhtunkhwa/Bill/2012/ 6059 dated September 20, 2012.
rationale behind the establishment of KPPRA was that no well-defined regulatory
framework / code of ethics existed for checking of malpractices by public
procurement practitioners despite several enactments on efficiency and
discipline of government servants while conducting the official business. In
addition to this there was no system in place to provide a proper forum for
resolution of any grievances regarding any procurement transaction. In case of
a dispute between the procuring agency and the contractor the options were
arbitration under Arbitration Act 1940 and the courts of law.
the gap Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Public Procurement Regulatory Authority has been
established as an autonomous body capable of providing legal and regulatory
framework to provincial Government departments and other public sector entities/organizations
in procurement. The overarching goal of KPPRA is to improve governance,
management, transparency, accountability and quality of public procurement of
goods, works and services at all levels across the province leading towards
restoring trust in the State Institutions. The KPPRA board outlines guidelines
for procuring agencies on various steps involved in a procurement cycle.