Friday, October 17, 2014

Department of Trade and Industry (DTI): Designation of products and components for local production and content in the public sector procurement system

Engineering News Online reported in an article, `DTI says flouting of localisation rules is ‘irregular expenditure’’, published on 13 September 2014, that the Department of Trade and Industry (Dti) aims to improve the enforcement of localisation by having the Auditor General flag as “irregular expenditure” any flouting of buy-local procurement rules by government departments and State-owned companies.

Trade and Industry Minister, Dr Rob Davies, reportedly said that, once a product had been designated, it was no longer optional, but rather a requirement, for government departments and State-owned companies to buy local. Preferential Procurement Policy Framework Act regulations came into force on 7 December 2011, empowering the Dti to ‘designate’ the products that should be sourced locally. Already included on the list are items such as buses, uniforms, power pylons, canned vegetables, rolling stock, pharmaceuticals, furniture, set-top boxes, cables, solar water heaters and electricity meters.

The full Engineering News Online article can be found at http://newsletters.creamermedia.co.za/servlet/link/14/63777/141325/1616700  (Source: Creamer Media’s Engineering News at www.engineeringnews.co.za)
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