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Online Procurement in Ten Gov't Agencies to Start in August :: Uganda Radionetwork
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Online Procurement in Ten Gov't Agencies to Start in August

The agencies are Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA), Public Procurement and Disposal of Public Assets Authority (PPDA), National Information Technology Authority Uganda, Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA), National social security fund, Ministry of Finance, planning and economic development, ministry of water and environment, Mpigi district local government, and Jinja district local government.
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Procurements in ten key government agencies will be done online starting August. 

The agencies are Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA), Public Procurement and Disposal of Public Assets Authority (PPDA), National Information Technology Authority Uganda, Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA), National social security fund, Ministry of Finance, planning and economic development, ministry of water and environment, Mpigi district local government, and Jinja district local government.

The announcement was made on Thursday at a workshop attended by government suppliers at Golf Course Hotel. PPDA is the lead agency in this transformation.

Florence Nakyeyune, the project manager for e-government procurement, said the agencies will use electronic-government system for a year before the complete rollout for all government entities. The agencies account for a significant chunk of government spends every year.

Cue in: “what is …”

Cue out: “…bidding community.”

She added that bidders will also have real-time notifications on each process that the tender reaches. It will also improve competitiveness of the companies since they will all have access to tender information at one go.

Benson Turamye, the PPDA Executive Director implored those that participate in procuring government contracts to stop paying bribes, stop submitting forged papers – saying all these lead to suspension of responsible parties, most of whom are local companies.

Cue in: “Stop paying…”

Cue out: “…no to corruption.”//

The e-government procurement project is supported by the World Bank, which says this increase efficiency, reduce delays and reduce on the corruption tendencies that come with paper-laden system.

“E-procurement has proven itself to be one of the more effective and efficient tools for bringing good governance to the procurement process. In order to improve public sector governance and move beyond traditional, paper-based procurement, many countries in Africa are adopting E-Procurement systems,” the World Bank writes on its website.

The World Bank is currently providing financial and technical support for E-Procurement initiatives in several African countries including Botswana, Rwanda, Mauritius, Ghana, Nigeria, Cameroon, Madagascar, Kenya, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.  

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