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Women to Get 30 Percent Share of Public Procurement Budget

Benson Turyame, the PPDA Executive Director, says women form a large percentage of the Ugandan population and ought to be involved in public procurement.

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Government is in the process of amending the Public Procurement and Disposal of Assets Authority-PPDA Act to ensure that 30 percent of the public procurement budget goes to women.

Benson Turyame, the PPDA Executive Director, says women form a large percentage of the Ugandan population and ought to be involved in public procurement.

He explained that 60 percent of Uganda's Shillings 15 trillion budget goes to public procurement, adding that sidelining women is a disservice to the country.

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He explained that they intend to include a provision in the PPDA Act, which is undergoing amendment setting aside a certain percentage of the public procurement budget to cater for women.

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The move by PPDA follows a study by UN women last year to review opportunities and barriers of women participation in public procurement in Uganda. The study indicated that most women do not get bids for public procurement yet they constitute the majority of the population.

In its current form, PPDA Act only provides for reservation for local owners of business but the bids remain open for any person to participate

According to Turyame, they will keep monitoring the procurement process to ensure women benefit from the proposed provision. He says they will work with Ministry of Finance to create sanctions for any public entity that fails to include this provision in its procurement budget.

He however, noted that PPDA realized that one of the reasons why women are failing to participate in public procurement is that most of them are ignorant about the procedures.

He said it is because of this that PDDA decided to a capacity building workshop for women entrepreneurs, which is ongoing at Hotel Africana.