SOME senior government officers in Eastern Highlands had the first opportunity to participate in a stringent World Bank Bid Evaluation process conducted by the Coffee Industry Corporation (CIC) through the Productive Partnership in Agriculture Project (PPAP) – Coffee Component.

Among the senior officers were acting Provincial Administrator (PA) Samson Akunaii, Deputy PA Ben Ulopo, Provincial Works Manager John Posagu, Provincial Treasurer Vilo  Wartove, Provincial Policy Planning Adviser Peter Gare, CIC General Manager Steven Tumae and PPAP (coffee) Project Manager Potaisa Hombunaka.
The Bid evaluation meeting  on Thursday 21 January was for a World Bank and IAD funded 5km feeder road to provide market access to some 20,000 smallholder coffee growers in the remote Tairora area of Eastern Highlands Province.
Mr Akunaii on behalf of nine participants was delighted to participate in the evaluation meeting conducted at the CIC headquarters in Goroka. The meeting took nearly five hours though there were only five contractors to evaluate.
He said it was a worthwhile learning process and the hours spent was an investment to them.
He requested the CIC team to email the WB procurement and Bid evaluation process to them for their consideration with the provincial works office to improve governance and management of public funds.
Mr Akunaii also alluded to this opportunity provided by CIC to bring together knowledge and experience from different officers in government and public sector to learn how to run a stringent procurement process.
The World Bank’s Bid Evaluation process was rigorous and considered among others the past performance of the contractors, financial capacity and annual financial turnovers of the bidders.
This Bid evaluation process was strictly guided by the World Bank’s Standard Bidding Document known asProcurement of Small WorksThe World Bank, December 2012. 
The evaluation also included a tough scoring and weighing system which CIC will use to justify the elimination process.
CIC-PPAP Project Manager Mr Hombunaka was pleased with the support of senior government officers and CIC for participating in the project’s first tender evaluation meeting which follows the World Bank criteria.
He supported Mr Akunaii’s call for all sectors to combine their efforts in such meetings to develop and move Eastern Highlands and Papua New Guinea forward.
The PPAP is an agriculture sector development initiative designed to improve the livelihood of smallholdercoffee producers supported by the project. The coffee rehabilitation efforts are being undertaken through the following three main components:

    • Providing Industry Coordination and Policy Development to improve the performance of sector institutions in the coffee sector;
    • Developing Productive Partnerships in the public-private alliances in project areas with the goal of improving productivity and market linkages; and
    • Improving Market Access for smallholder coffee growers in the target areas or provinces.

Acting Eastern Highlands provincial administrator Samson Akunaii and senior provincial works officers participating in the World Bank’s tender evaluation meeting recently conducted by the Productive Partnerships in Agriculture Project (PPAP) of Coffee Industry Corporation.

Senior Eastern Highlands Provincial Government officials including acting Provincial Administrator Samson Akunaii and his deputy Ben Ulopo with CIC officers who appreciated participating in the World Bank’s tender evaluation process.

Approved for release:

Mr Potaisa Hombunaka
Manager Project Management Unit (coffee)