Solely 16 of the 40 controversial Maseratis purchased for the 2018 APEC Summit have been bought –– however at significantly diminished costs.
The steadiness of 24 are nonetheless sitting idle in a warehouse in Port Moresby, depreciating in worth by the day –– 4 lengthy years after rosy guarantees that the top-end luxurious vehicles will “promote like scorching desserts”.
This revelation got here as two businessmen, who made respective bids for 14 of those costly autos, claimed that the bids had been grossly over-valued, for the reason that vehicles have been sitting idle for about 4 years, and have depreciated over time.
One of many businessman additionally claimed that the engines fitted within the Maseratis despatched to PNG for APEC 2018 weren’t the unique ones from the Italian producers, however had been fitted in Asia, and that needs to be taken under consideration when placing the vehicles up for tender.
Nationwide Procurement Fee (NPC) chief government officer Simon Bole mentioned 16 bidders had been imagined to pay for the 16 autos virtually 12 months in the past (December 2021) after the board accepted their bids and made presents, however the authorities accounts to which the proceeds would go had not been correctly recognized.
He mentioned initially, bidders couldn’t buy them resulting from financial institution discrepancies, which have since been sorted out by the Division of Finance.
“We accepted and introduced letters to the profitable bidders who had been to pay on the Finance (division) however the accounts weren’t so as, that’s why they didn’t pay,” he mentioned.
“So we’re nonetheless ready for these to be achieved after which we will take a look at the others.”
Mr Bole didn’t specify the worth of the costly vehicles however there have been 14 profitable bidders accepted final yr.
He mentioned the figures to which the bidders had been awarded had been discreet and couldn’t be launched because of the confidentiality of the data and devices.
A businessman who didn’t need to be named, mentioned he tendered twice for 4 of those vehicles at K1000 per tender per automobile and each occasions his bids had been knocked again by the NPC.
He mentioned the primary time he supplied K240,000 per automobile, which might quantity to a complete of K960,000, however the NPC knocked it again, and requested for K400,000 per automobile.
“I tendered two occasions already for 4 vehicles with K1000 per automobile per tender,” the businessman advised the Put up-Courier. “First time I supplied K240,000 every they usually wished K400,000.
“The second time I supplied K140,000 for every automobile, they usually nonetheless thought vehicles had been price K400,000.
“They received no concept of the lack of worth as a result of the years are ticking away and these are usually not ‘collectors’ fashions.
“I additionally received advised that the engines weren’t the unique ones that had been imagined to be fitted to those vehicles,” he mentioned.
“We received downgraded engines on the full value to PNG by a Sri Lankan intermediary and the leaders in cost.
“I used to be going to ship them to Sydney for the reason that PNG gasoline will bugger the automobile engine inside a yr.”
Mr Bole mentioned he’ll proceed to tender for the vehicles, however at a lot decrease bids, as a result of the autos are usually not price what the NPC is asking for.
“This time I’ll provide K80,000 every. These ‘scorching desserts’ can be exhausting to promote at K130,000. They don’t seem to be appropriate for PNG gasoline,” he mentioned.
A second businessman, a automobile vendor, mentioned he tendered for 10 of the autos however the fee rejected his bid.
“I bid for 10 at K90,000 every with K1000 bidding price however they rejected it. So I bid once more a second time for 3 at K100,000 every, they usually nonetheless rejected the bid, so I gave up,” he mentioned.
“These autos, after 4 years, have depreciated as a result of they’re simply sitting there and never operating. The gasoline (gasoline) isn’t bought in PNG too.”
The bidding charges of K1000 per automobile are non-refundable.
One other Papua New Guinean motor vendor in Port Moresby mentioned the vehicles would have misplaced worth whereas sitting idle for these a few years.
He mentioned costly manufacturers just like the Maserati are likely to lose worth sooner in comparison with different, much less luxurious manufacturers.
Mr Bole additionally mentioned the opposite Maseratis are nonetheless on tender other than the 4 that had been supplied to the PNG international missions overseas, and which might be paid for by the Division of Overseas Affairs.
The sale of the autos have been initially dealt with by the Division of Finance, however has since been handed on to the fee.
In response to the stories from late final yr from the division, two tenders have been despatched out and two of the autos had been bought.
Finance Secretary Ken Ngangan had introduced public tenders within the media to eliminate the remaining 38 Maseratis in November 2020 and early 2021.
“The identical data was put out by way of the abroad media as nicely. Following the tenders solely two have been disposed. A number of pursuits have been registered by abroad and native contacts to buy the remaining 38 Maseratis however no concrete presents as but,” Dr Ngangan had mentioned. Mr Bole mentioned as soon as the funds had been achieved, a report in regards to the gross sales can be launched.
The acquisition of the autos in 2018 for the APEC assembly had induced an issue in PNG and overseas, with many saying it was a waste of sources the PNG authorities merely didn’t have.
However the authorities justified the acquisition, from Pakistan, and never Italy, the place the producer of the posh autos had been based mostly.
The minister accountable for APEC again then, Justin Tkatchenko, mentioned the autos can be bought off after APEC to get well a few of the prices, and promised that they’d “promote like scorching desserts”.
However 4 years later, the autos are nonetheless accumulating mud and shedding worth in a warehouse in Port Moresby.