Finance Deputy Minister Natangwe Ithete. PHOTO: Contributed

Finance Deputy Minister Natangwe Ithete has urged the Central Procurement Board of Namibia to free itself from the “unethical or untrustworthy” stench which haunts its forerunner, the Tender Board.

Regrettably, Ithete said, the Central Procurement Board (CPB) inherited this negative reputation. 

He made these remarks during the official unveiling of the new corporate identity of the CPB in the capital on Wednesday.

He added that it is not enough to have a corporate logo, however, it is a good start.

“It is my hope that you will go an extra mile with your new corporate identity as a tool to earn public trust towards procurement in Namibia, educate our people about your mandate, keep them informed and updated on procurement activities,” Ithete urged.

“That is why we need to work harder to change the public perception through managing corporate image by open, proactive communication with both internal and external stakeholders.”

“Let us take the complaints raised by public entities pertaining to the lengthy and slow execution of procuring projects, as useful feedback that could guide us going forward,” he added. 

Ithete stressed that the public needs to be assured that their concerns are receiving the highest attention. 

He also said there is no harm in inviting the people to be part of the solutions. 

“By doing so, we acknowledge that we do not have all the answers, hence we need their inputs to collectively formulate strategies that will lessen the bottlenecks currently experienced.”

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