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PPRA ChairmanProcuring entities (PEs) have been advised to have infrastructure in place soonest to facilitate use of e-procurement system geared to bring about more transparency and efficiency in public procurement.
PPRA Board Chairman, Amb. Matern Lumbanga, made the call recently in Arusha when he was officiating the 5th Annual Procurement Governance Workshop.
Addressing the first session of the workshop, which was attended by PEs’ chairpersons and secretaries of tender boards, representatives of user departments and internal audit units, Amb. Lumbanga said it was imperative to prepare adequately for introduction of the system, which is expected to commence trial in the next financial year in procurement of medicines, medical supplies and common use items.
Amb. Lumbanga said the Government has not realized value for money sufficiently in various procurement contracts due to lack of efficiency, integrity and transparency and explained that embracing the electronic system could go a long way in addressing the shortcomings attributed to the manual system.
“PPRA, in collaboration with other stakeholders, is finalizing preparations of e-procurement system so as to enable entities to implement their procurement functions electronically. The new system is expected to improve efficiency, transparency and also to reduce corrupt practices,” said Amb. Lumbanga.
Speaking earlier at the workshop whose theme emphasized harnessing e-procurement for improved transparency and efficiency in public procurement, the PPRA Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Laurent Shirima, said Tanzania is among a few countries in Africa which have commendable procurement systems.
He further said that currently, use of information and communication technologies (ICTs) in public procurement dominates many regional stakeholders’ workshops.
“In previous workshops, it has been recommended to enact friendly ICTs legal framework as well as mobile phone technology in public procurement so as to increase participation of many bidders in tenders floated by PEs,” said Dr. Shirima.
The second session of the workshop involved members of boards of directors of public authorities, accounting officers as well as council mayors and chairpersons.

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