Procurement planning is an essential element in ensuring best value for money in procurement processes. This was revealed by the Director for Professional Affairs of the Procurement, Supplies Professionals and Technicians Board (PSPTB),
Mr. Godfrey Mbanyi, during the opening ceremony for training on Applicability of Procurement Planning in Public Sector, which was conducted in Dodoma recently.
Mr. Mbanyi said that preparation of a good procurement planning and prioritization of needs is a prerequisite to effective procurement in Procuring Entities (PEs) because funding for procurement is unlikely to be sufficient to meet all requirements. “Scarce financial resources must be appropriately channeled to ensure that the priority needs of any PE are adequately met before spending on less essential needs,” he pointed out.
Mr. Mbanyi said that according to procurement law, PEs are required to plan their procurement in a rational manner and on a yearly basis. He reiterated that procurement planning in the public sector is an essential tool that can be used to avoid ad hoc procurement and splitting tenders to avoid competition. He advised participants to make use of framework contracts and ensure that all procurements in their organisation are done in line with the approved budget.
In his concluding remarks, Mr. Mbanyi underscored the importance of an effective planning by saying, “Practitioners who do not plan, have already planned to fail.” He added, “If you use proper procurement plans in execution of your functions, you become more organized, effective and efficient in bringing positive changes and growth to your organizations.”