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By TPJ Reporter:

The 8th International Public Procurement Conference (IPPC) has been told the Government of the United Republic of Tanzania strongly abhors malpractice in public procurement and that it would take stern measures against any practitioner found to have misused public procurement funds.

Speaking on behalf of the of President John Pombe Magufuli of Tanzania during the opening of the '8th International Public Procurement Conference (IPPC) held in Arusha recently, Minister for Finance and Planning, Dr. Philip Mpango, said while there was some improvement in the way of using public procurement, it was not enough given that a lot of funds are allocated for public procurement.

Noting that many projects which were audited by the Public Procurement Regulatory Authority (PPRA) were identified with poor performance and high corruption likelihood faced investigations as well as possible legal consequences, Dr. Mpango said it should be clear to everybody that the government would never tolerate loss of taxpayers’ money.

‘’In the case of Tanzania, public procurement accounts for over 70 percent of recurrent expenditure and 100 percent of development expenditure. This sheer size of public procurement in the fiscal space, justifies close attention’’ he said.

Dr. Mpango called for close monitoring of public procurement especially in developing countries where, he said, the profession was prone to both petty and grand corruption. ‘’It is estimated that 90 percent of corruption in developing countries has to do with public procurement,” he said.

IPPC, which is an informal, virtual network whose vision is to advance knowledge and share best practices in public procurement was taking place for the first time in Africa and attracted about 500 delegates from around the World consisting of procurement and supply practitioners; policy makers; researchers, economists, public procurement authorities; as well as tender boards and appeals authorities.

It was organized by the Ministry of Finance and Planning in collaboration with the Public Procurement Regulatory Authority, Public Procurement Appeals Authority, Procurement and Supplies Professionals and Technicians Board, Government Procurement Services Agency and Institute of Accountancy Arusha. 

Since its inception in 2004 in Florida, USA, it has been taking place every two years and the next, that is, the 9th IPPC Conference will take place in China in 2020.

 

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