State Audit Bureau committed to role amid COVID-19 pandemic

The State Audit Bureau (SAB) said it is committed to practicing “effective scrutiny” over public funds and government contracts related to coronavirus measures to prevent any waste of these funds.
Several state bodies have received similar purchase orders, particularly for sterile materials, amid the exceptional circumstances that the country is going through and the preventive measures assumed by these bodies, Acting Director of Advance Oversight for economic Affairs Khawla Al-Hathran told KUNA.
A Ministry of Defense order for 200,000 (500ml) sanitizer packages, from a company, was worth KD 2.950 per package (USD 9) while a similar order for the Ministry of Health, for one million (500ml) sanitizer packages from a local factory, was valued at KD 0.800 (USD 2.5) per package, she said.
The bureau has informed the defence ministry of the need to coordinate with the Ministry of Health on this matter due to the low price of the offer presented to the health ministry.
The MoD has reevaluated its order documentation, sending it once again to to the SAB, including a contract with the local company, offering the price of KD 1.000 (USD 3.3).
The disparity with the Ministry of Health contract, according to the company, is due to the difference in the quantities purchased and the high price of raw materials in international markets.
This has saved the country public funds worth KD 390,000 (USD 1.248 million), Al-Hathran explained.


Source: Kuwait News Agency



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