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The East African Procurement Forum (EAPF) has called upon the East African Community (EAC) Secretariat to expedite approval of harmonized East African public procurement policy and legislation in accordance with the provisions of the East African Common Market Protocol and the Monetary Union.

The call is one of the resolutions passed by participants at the conclusion of the 10th EAPF which was held in Kampala recently.

The forum, which took place under the theme Leveraging Technology for Improved Procurement Outcomes,  also called on each partner state to embrace an e-Government procurement system that fitted well in existing e-government programs and urged EAC to report on how the region was addressing pertinent issues including harmonization of the procurement curricula.   

Furthermore, the forum underscored a need for regulatory bodies to work towards increased transparency and against corruption in public procurement.

 “Regulatory bodies should create a platform for delegates to follow up on the implementation of forum resolutions,” stated the EAPF in its communiqué made available to TPJ. 

Other resolutions include a call for states to facilitate capacity building which would enable special groups to participate effectively in public procurement.

The forum was earlier on opened by Uganda’s Prime Minister, Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda, who challenged the delegates to provide answers on how the joint awards of public contracts could be effected by authorities in different member states “without encountering legal and operational challenges.”

“Through public procurement, the governments in the region can ensure that key infrastructure and services are delivered to the citizens in time and at the right cost, quality and quantity,” he said.

The EAPF members are Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi and South Sudan.

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