SSDP follows Public procurement Guidelines and policies issued by National Procurement Agency. It is the process by which the SSDP, purchase the inputs for vital investments to establish a vocational training system in the country and to enhance the capacity of the relevant human resources in terms of public procurement of the TVET sector. These physical infrastructure and in strengthened institutional and human capacities, lay foundations for national development.
In procurement terms, those inputs are generally grouped into four categories
The quality, timeliness, appropriateness and affordability of those procured inputs can largely determine whether the SSDP investments will succeed or fail. So the beneficial impact and contribution of the input, particularly in the case of technical assistance services, can exceed their direct costs, by several orders of magnitude. Yet procurement costs can be substantial, consuming scarce resources of tightly constrained SSDP budgets.
SSDP use borrowed funding from World Bank and Asian Development Bank (ADB). These process also consumes scarce skilled public-sector human resources. It takes time, not merely for procurement planning and contracting but also for contract supervision and execution. And much of this process is highly visible, as well as controversial; exposing politicians and public officers to scrutiny and second-guessing for procurement choices they made deferred or discarded. On the other hand, the desired impact of procurement is also to inspire the confidence and willingness-to-compete of well-qualified suppliers and contractors. This directly and concretely benefits TEVT sector of the country, responsive contractors and suppliers, and the funding agencies.
In addition World Bank (WB), and Asian Development Bank (ADB) Procurement Guidelines and policies are also followed as and when it is required and necessary.