Thursday, 11 May 2017

Afghanistan National Procurement Authority blacklisted more than 100 firms

Speaking at a press conference in Kabul on 10 May 2017, the Director of the Afghanistan National Procurement Authority (NPA) said that the firms were targeted for faking documents and providing wrong information about themselves.
The firms had been referred to prosecution, he added.

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Bankrupt firm wins share in multimillion Afghan contract
A bankrupt Turkish firm is among winners of $79 million contract from the Afghan government over a major dam project in the southwest of the country. Pimatek is suffering from financial problems and it has shared the issue with the court of the relevant country, according to officials documents obtained by 1TV. In an official letter to the National Procurement Authority, the Ministry of Economy has made it clear that Pimatek has officially claimed bankruptcy to a Turkish court. The contract with the company along with two others, including one from Turkey and from Afghanistan, was signed three days later when the president visited Nimroz province to inaugurate construction of the third phase of Kamal Khan Dam. The issue of the company’s bankruptcy has been raised in a letter by the Afghan Foreign Ministry as well. “How can a bankrupt firm win such a major national contract,” said Wafiullah Sharifi, head of a bidder company. “One of the criteria for a firm to win the contract was that it should make a profit of at least $60 million annually.” Based on the documents, the issue of the company’s insolvency is being investigated by the commercial court of Turkey. Afghan Ministry of Energy and Water admitted that the firm is undergoing court procedures over bankruptcy; however, the ministry said the final approval of the firm lied at National Procurement Authority. The authority said that the issue of the company’s insolvency is still being assessed by the Turkish commercial court, and that according to the court, the company could take part in the bidding processes until the court order. 1TV attempts to reach Pimatek for comment over the issue didn’t succeed.