Raising awareness of bid rigging risks has proven to be an important step to prevent the anti-competitive conduct, in ensuring value for money in public procurement, in line with Brunei Darussalam’s national agenda. The Competition Commission Brunei Darussalam in the press release on a dialogue session with the Audit Department, Prime Minister’s stated that the procurement officials play a crucial role in bid rigging detection and to build a database to keep detailed records of bid documents. The dialogue session was held at Dewan Serbaguna, Bangunan Bahirah.
More than 40 officials from the Audit Department attended the dialogue session, led by Awang Haji Yusop bin Haji Mahmud, the Auditor General. Representing the Competition Commission was Yang Berhormat Nik Hafimi binti Abdul Haadii, Member of the Legislative Council as a Chairperson of the Competition Commission. Also present were members of Competition Commissioner, Pengiran Hajah Zety Sufina binti Pengiran Dato Paduka Haji Sani, Permanent Secretary for Industry at the Ministry of Finance and Economy; and Dayang Hajah Nor Hashimah binti Haji Mohd Taib, Deputy Permanent Secretary for Security, Enforcement and Law at the Prime Minister’s Office.
The dialogue session discussed the key prohibitions of the Order, including prohibition on Anti-Competitive Agreements, which is already enforced since January 1, 2020; and shared recommendations consolidated from regional case studies; good practices from experienced competition authorities and; specific steps to render public procurement processes competitive in minimising risks of collusive tendering.
The session outlined some of the key measures to mitigate the risk of collusion, including, possessing market knowledge on a specific market; encouraging more bidders to participate in a tender; defining tender requirements clearly; and reducing communication amongst bidders. It is also important to include clauses stating bid rigging is an offence under the Competition Order in the tender document. Any suspicious on the bidding patterns can reported to the Competition Commission, with substantial evidence, to enable investigation.
Any inquiries and request for briefings on the Competition Order can contact the Executive Secretariat of the Competition Commission through email at email@example.com or through 2233344 extension 230, 341 or 343.
Source: Radio Television Brunei