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Suppliers of goods and services in the country have started seizing opportunities presented by the Public Procurement Regulatory Authority (PPRA) to get training on the recently launched   Tanzania National Electronic Procurement System (TANePS), TPJ has learnt.

Speaking at different times during one of the first training sessions conducted by PPRA in Dar es Salaam over the weekend, participants hailed the advent of Taneps, saying it addresses the shortcomings of the traditional system that required institutions to announce tenders in newspapers, with suppliers going physically to the procuring entity to apply for them.

Emmanuel Mkanza, a supplier from IT-Base Solutions, told TPJ that the system was good “as companies will now save time as [the system] is an automated facility that speeds up the internal process in terms of sourcing.”  

"I have registered to the system and discovered that Taneps allows easy access to more suppliers, which opens more possibilities and options compared to traditional process" he said.

Hariet Mahimbo, a supplier from Almz General Supplies, said hailed the training and the system saying, “earlier we used to have unnecessary movements from one office to another but for now everything is done online with low cost…..am going to register with the system soon after the training.” 

Supplier from Acron Investment, Ms. Anna Ryoba, called the training “a wake-up call” as they were not aware [earlier on] on how to register and how the system worked so they were hesitating to register.

“I'm now encouraged and ready to begin the journey as a supplier with proper knowledge. Earlier, I underestimated my ability and never thought about involving in public procurement dealings" Ms. Ryoba said.

Speaking to TPJ in Dar es Salaam, PPRA's Manager for Systems, Support and Administration, Mr. Bernard Ntelya, said the aim of training was to equip suppliers on how the system worked, including how to login in, supplier management, how to pay, bid preparation, request for clarification and bid submission.

Others were, general procurement notices, tenders published, tender opening and awarded contracts as well as contract management, skills and knowledge which would enable them to engage properly in tenders floated by the government.

“The aim is to build their capacity to be able to prepare and submit bid documents online as a major step and to be fully involved from planning to contract management," said Mr. Ntelya.

He urged suppliers to make sure they register to the system which increases transparency and efficiency in public procurement processes since “there is no more interactions between a supplier and buyers (procurement units' personnel).”

"I would like to ensure the general public that PPRA will continue to sensitize and build capacity to different stakeholders including suppliers, public institutions on the use and benefits of the system.

Taneps facilitates the country’s public procurement and supports various public procurement procedures including user registration, tender notification, tender preparation and submission, online tender evaluation, contract awarding, creation and management of catalogue, creation and management of framework agreements and auctions and payments.

 

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