Private Deals

July 13, 2007 (LBO) – Sri Lanka’s construction industry is urging the government to accept draft guidelines on treating unsolicited bids in an effort to ensure transparency and fair competition in infrastructure contracts. The move comes at a time when the phenomenon of unsolicited bids in a range of infrastructure projects is becoming common, causing concern in the affected industries, public service and the international donor community.

Dakshitha Thalgodapitiya, Secretary General of the Chamber of Construction Industries (CCI), said they had proposed a set of guidelines in a new draft law on the construction sector advocating how to treat unsolicited bids in contraction contracts.

“This is because we find people make proposals to the government and the government sometimes accepts them without calling for competitive bids,” he told LBO in an interview.

“This may sometimes result in contracts being offered not to the most qualified contractor or developer, or not at the best price.”

The CCI has suggested guidelines under which unsolicited bids must be entertained only if such projects involved a new concept in technology.

They have also suggested that there should not be direct government guara