IPA boss says no level playing field in award of drug contracts
-still awaiting word on failure to qualify
CEO of the International Pharmaceutical Agency (IPA) Lloyd Singh yesterday charged that there is still to be a level playing field in the award of contracts for the supply of drugs, while saying that his company is still trying to find out why it failed a pre-qualification process undertaken two years ago.
“We have not enjoyed a level playing field. After almost two decades we are expecting changes to come and we are still waiting,” Singh said in an interview yesterday at the company’s head office Camp Street. “We have been writing letters for the last year… We wrote letters to the chairman of NPTAB [National Procurement and Tender Administration Board] Donald De Clou, the then-Minister of Health Leslie Ramsammy, Hydar Ally, then-president Bharrat Jagdeo, Head of the Presidential Secretariat Dr Roger Luncheon, who is also Secretary of Cabinet, to all cabinet members, and to this day we have not received a single, I say a single line to say why we were disqualified. We have checked it further… and are left at a loss here,” Singh added.