The Daily Mail today (Saturday 24 February) reports that Adam Smith International (ASI) have ended their voluntary withdrawal from the DFID procurement process and can now bid for new DFID contracts.
DFID’s response to the story can be found below.
A DFID Spokesperson said:
“All bids from ASI will be rigorously scrutinised, as is the case with any bidder.
“ASI will only be awarded contracts where they demonstrate their ability to adhere to the high standards of integrity expected from government contractors, whilst delivering the best results for the world’s poorest and value for money for UK taxpayers.
“We have clamped down on the risk of profiteering, excessive charges and unethical practices by suppliers with the threat of legal repercussions for those who break these stricter rules.”
- DFID will deliver on its commitments to improve the lives of millions of people around the world and is making positive progress and serious effort to achieve value for money through its work with suppliers.
- ASI bids will be considered on a case by case basis, in full compliance with the procurement regulations and the strict standards and expectations DFID places on all suppliers following the Supplier Review.
- DFID is legally obliged to consider bids from ASI now that the organisation has ended its voluntary withdrawal from procurement.