Cabinet body okays import of LNG, fertiliser and lentil24 March 2023
Staff Reporter :
The government has decided to procure 70,000 tonnes of fertilizer, 33.60 lakh MMBtu LNG and 8,000 tonnes of lentil to meet the growing local demand in the country.
The Cabinet Committee on Government Purchase (CCGP) on Thursday has given the approvals during its 11th meeting of the CCGP in this year held virtually with Finance Minister AHM Mustafa Kamal in the chair.
Cabinet Division additional secretary Sayeed Mahbub Khan briefed journalists after the CCGP meeting in the Secretariat.
A total of seven proposals were given approval from the CCGP meeting, he said adding that a proposal from the Bangladesh Agricultural Development Corporation (BADC) under the
Ministry of Agriculture, would procure some 40,000 tonnes of DAP fertilizer from OCP, SA, Morocco under state-level agreement with around Tk 262.13 crore where per tonne fertilizer would cost $610 against the previous price of $710.
As per approved proposal, Bangladesh Chemical Industries Corporation (BCIC) under the Ministry of Industries would procure 30,000 tonnes of bagged granular fertilizer under the 14th lot from KAFCO, Bangladesh with around Tk 105.43 crore with per tonne fertilizer costing $327.62 down from the previous price of $330.62, Sayeed Mahbub Khan said.
However, the CCGP meeting has also approved a proposal from the Energy and Mineral Resources Division under which the Petrobangla would procure 33.60 lakh MMBtu LNG from M/S Excelerate Energy LP, United States with around Tk 578.65 crore with per MMBtu LNG costing $13.69 against the previous price of $14.66, he added.
According to the Cabinet Division Additional Secretary, the state-run Trading Corporation of Bangladesh (TCB) under the Ministry of Commerce would procure 8,000 tonnes of lentil from Uma Expo Pvt Ltd India (local agent: Future Infrastructure Development Ltd. Dhaka) with around Tk 72.91 crore with per KG lentil costing Taka 91.14.
Apart from this, another proposal from the Internal Resources Division (IRD) under the National Board of Revenue (NBR) to procure the Software Solution and Automated Risk Management System software from Webb Fontaine Group, Fz-LLC, Dubai, the UAE with around Tk 217.99 crore was approved.
Besides, Mahbub said that the CCGP meeting decided to appoint the joint venture of SMEC, Australia, OCG, Japan, Dohwa Engineering Company Korea, ACE, Bangladesh and DDC, Bangladesh as the consultants for the "Technical Assistance for Road Transport Connectivity Improvement Project Preparatory Facility" with around Tk 44.42 crore under the Road Transport and Highways Division.
The meeting also approved a cost variation proposal from the Road Transport and Highways Division.