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The government has reiterated that in the absence of a functioning e-procurement system a procuring entity will not be allowed to procure anything after December 31, 2019, TPJ can report.

The Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Finance and Planning, Doto James, told the press in Dar es Salaam recently that his office has already issued a notice to all procuring entities stating that procurement processes will only be conducted through the Tanzania National e-Procurement System (Taneps) after the said deadline.

Mr. James also directed that private entities would not be allowed to participate in tender processes if they were not registered with the system.

“Any procuring entity, be it public or private, will not be allowed to participate in public tender processes unless they are registered, said Mr. James, adding that there would be no grace period on the matter.

The treasury paymaster said the system would plug all loopholes which were being used by unfaithful public officials and bidders, hindering transparency and the government’s value for money objective in procurement processes.

The system according to Mr. James would make it easier for auditing.

Last September, Minister for Finance and Planning, Dr. Philip Mpango, had directed Public Procurement Regulatory Authority (PPRA) to ensure that all procuring entities received appropriate training and got connected to Taneps before end of this year.

PPRA’s Chief Executive Officer, Eng. Leonard Kapongo, told the press that by 11 November 2019, a total of 418 procuring entities out of 540 had been connected to the system and 1,600 public officials had been trained, whereas 200 entities have already started to use the system with indication pointing to more starting to use it soon. 

He urged all procuring entities to comply, saying deployment of e-procurement system is not by choice as it is demanded by the law.

TPJ understands that the system, among its other benefits, facilitates auditing, which would do much to stem losses associated with misprocurement by unscrupulous bidders. The 2018/19 PPRA Annual Procurement Evaluation Report said a special audit saved TZS 3.39bn which could have been lost without the Authority’s timely intervention.

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