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East African member countries set to collaborate on -e-Procurement system

BY Tom Mugisha, tom.mugisha@alleastafrica.com

KAMPALA – The East African Procurement Forum is pushing regional governments to have an e-procurement system to curb corruption in the procurement processes.

The board chairperson of the Public Procurement and Disposal of Public Assets Authority Simeon Wanyama said during the Forum’s meeting in Kampala on Tuesday that if this is done, it will promote transparency in the procurement processes.

He also said that e-procurement will help regional states ensure value for money by ensuring that contracts are awarded to competent companies to handle government projects.

“Governments are losing a lot of money in corruption, because procurement processes are not transparency enough”. Wanyama said.

Currently Uganda is in the process of introducing e-procurement   system of and in the region its only country which still lagging behind to modernize its procurement system. Kenya, Rwanda, and Tanzania they have already adopted the electronic system.

Recently Uganda’s Inspector General of government Justice Irene Mulyagojja called for adoption of this electronic system.

If Uganda adopts the e-procurement system of procurement, it will not only reduce on the corruption cases that occur in procurement, but also conflict of interest which hinders the transparency in the procumbent processes.

 The East African countries lose hundreds of millions of dollars in corruption especially through procurement processes. Annually, Uganda loses over shs600b in corruption.

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