Tanzania will host the 2012 regional conference of Commonwealth Public Procurement Network (CPPN) from 3 to 5 October 2012 at White Sands Hotel in Dar-es-Salaam, TPJ has learnt.
Dr. Ramadhan Mlinga, who is the Chief Executive Officer of PPRA and a member of the Executive Committee of CPPN informed TPJ that initially the conference was scheduled to be held in Nigeria, but in a meeting of the Committee that was held in March 2012, Tanzania, through PPRA, was requested to host the conference following Nigeria’s failure to firm up its commitment to host the conference. “Although we were given a short notice to host the conference, we are glad that our Government, through the Public Finance Management Reform Programme has approved a budget for hosting the conference,” he pointed out adding that the event is an opportunity for the Country to show-case efforts made to reform Tanzania’s procurement system. “To facilitate the event, PPRA is expected to meet costs related to hosting of the conference while the Commonwealth Secretariat will be responsible for all costs of foreign delegates from Commonwealth member countries,” he added.
Dr. Mlinga further informed TPJ that the theme of the conference is “Public Procurement Reform Strategies: Achieving Effective and Sustainable Outcomes in Commonwealth African Countries”. According to Dr. Mlinga, the intention is to ensure that procurement regimes provide necessary assistance to member governments to deliver quality services in a timely manner while adhering to fundamental basic principles.
This is the first time that CPPN African Region is holding its conference here in Tanzania. Previous meetings were held in Ghana, Botswana and Namibia. It is expected that the conference will be attended by 100 participants of whom about 60 will be foreign delegates from Commonwealth member countries.