CIC praises World Bank procurement process

The Coffee Industry Cooperation is privilege to employ World Bank’s stringent procurement process to improve transparency and governance in its operations. 
This was shared by senior executives and staff of CIC when welcoming a new 65KVA generator on Thursday, 24 March. The diesel engine generator costing K76,989 (inclusive of GST) was purchased by coffee component of Productive Partnerships in Agriculture Project (PPAP) from the PNG Government’s funding component. 
PPAP project manager Potaisa Hombunaka said the generator will help save time and improve staff performance and productivity to serve farmers better. 
“We can’t run an organization effectively and efficiently with blackouts affecting IT and accounting systems,” Mr Hombunaka said. 
General Manager (Industry Operations Division) Steven Tumae praised the “exhausted procurement system” which was followed in the purchase of the generator. 
“I sit on Industry Coordination Committee (PPAP Board) and know the stringent procurement system like the tender evaluation for a 5km access road in Tairora, which acting Eastern Highlands provincial administrator Samson Akunaii also participated and was impressed. 
“The acting PA was very pleased with the [procurement] system in placed which we must utilize,” Mr Tumae said. 
Mr Tumae added that CIC has the privilege to learn and adopt the stringent World Bank procurement system to improve in its governance. 
Senior Procurement Officer for PPAP Theresa Witi explained that a comprehensive quotation system was used to purchase the generator. 
“Five firms responded to an invitation to quote with their terms of reference (TOR) and CIC Company Secretary assisted with the final TOR. 
“An evaluation committee comprising CIC property officer, a licence electrician and myself assess all quotations with recommendations to project manager for approval and Energy Power Systems PNG Ltd in Port Moresby was responsive in meeting all specifications for the generator.
”Ms Witi also said that the electrician was chosen from four who submitted their profiles for the service. 
“The one we selected was very responsive and has PNG Power license to operate. He is a reputable person who made the final recommendation for the purchase after checking the specifications,” Ms Witi said. 
CIC has been using an old generator with mechanical faults and continuous power outage has been affecting water supply to the office, Internet and email connections and accounting systems for almost 10 years. 
Acting Chief Executive Officer for CIC, Charles Dambui challenged his staff to utilize the opportunity provided by PPAP with such assistance to improve productively at work place. 
“The responsibility comes back to us CIC officers. We have to look after such equipment to improve our productivity which has been a concern for some time due to continuous power outages affecting internet connectivity, accounting system and general operation of the organization for some years,” he said. 
The Perkins model genset was shipped to Lae and transported along Highlands Highway to Goroka. It has taken its place at the back of CIC head office along Airport Road and is waiting to be commissioned once connected.
The 65KVA generator design is enclosed to reduce sound levels. The design makes it extremely durable and weatherproof. It has a 12 months warranty and will be available for 20 plus years as long as it is regularly service. 
PPAP is a coffee rehabilitation initiative of Coffee Industry Corporation (CIC) funded by a loan facility from World Bank IDA (International Development Association) and IFAD (International Fund for Agriculture Development) with counter funding from GoPNG. 

The new Perkins model 65KVA Perkins genset being loaded into its place at the back of CIC head office along Airport road Goroka.. 

PPAP senior procurement officer Ms Theresa Witi explaining the stringent procurement process involve in the purchase of the new genset in the presence of acting CEO for Coffee Industry Corporation Charles Dambui, General Manager IOD Steven Tumae and PPAP project manager Potaisa Hombunaka.