Governor John Rankin has expressed concerns about the government's procurement practices, specifically the number of single source procurements being done and the length of time it takes to publish tender waivers.
The government has been commended for making changes to procurement practices, but there are still concerns that need to be addressed.
The Commission of Inquiry
report found that there was no public tendering in roughly two-thirds of government contracts issued between January 2019 and April 2021.
The Governor wrote to UK Minister for Overseas Territories Lord Zac Goldsmith with an update on procurement by the BVI Government between January to March 2023, noting that a number of contracts were agreed in the weeks preceding the general election.
The Governor believes that better planning would allow for better procurement and improved value for money from government contracts.