Saudi Arabia project tender cancelled due to “favouritism” claims

Allegations of misconduct from competing bidders led to re-tender of a KSA development

The tendering process for a US $70 million KSA-funded project has been cancelled after the Earthquake Reconstruction and Rehabilitation Authority (ERRA) allegedly tried to award the contract to its “favourite contractor”.

According to reports in Pakistani newspaper Pak Tribute, ERRA violated Pakistan Public Procurement Rules (PPRA) prompting the authority to cancel the six-month tendering process.

ERRA tried to award the $70 million contract for the construction of University of Azad Jummu Kashmir Chattar campus to its “favourite contractor who was not technically eligible for the bids”, according to competing contractors. ERRA told the media that the process was cancelled due to consultants “re-shaping” the project.

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