Established in 2004 by the CBK Government, this special agency was created to institutionalise the monitoring and review of government tenders. The agency came directly under the supervision of the President and worked to streamline government procurement while at the same time promoting honesty and transparency in government dealings. The agency succeeded in revising and improving tender procedures, developing a standard of bidding procedures, and formulating guidelines for procurement of consultants, public-private partnerships, and provincial counsels
The NPA was in operation from 2004 to 2008. Despite the fact that the NPA was meant to be a permanent organisation designed to encourage good governance, it was closed in January 2008.
Within three years of its establishment, the NPA gained recognition by the World Bank as a model to be emulated across the Region. Sri Lanka was selected from the Asian Region for a pilot project by the World Bank to implement country procurement systems for World Bank projects.
Achievements of the NPA
1. Revision and improvement of tender procedures
2. Guidelines for drug and medical consumables, procurement of consultants, public-private partnership and unsolicited proposals and Provincial Councils
3. Development of standard bidding procedures and indicative specifications
4. 50 procurement divisions were established in key ministries and Provincial Councils and liaison officers and procurement assistants appointed
5. Introduction of procurement planning in ministries and line agencies
6. Cabinet Appointed Procurement Committee (CAPC)
7. Procurement appeal board created
8. Creating a Diploma in Public Procurement and Contract Administration (an accreditation scheme for PC and TEC members, 175 officers accredited). The first ever academic qualification launched in Sri Lanka
9. NPA website was created incorporating all information regarding procurements