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Public procurement stakeholders from East Africa Community member states have been called upon exchange of experience on the better use of modern public procurement systems in order to increase efficiency and effectiveness in the sector.

The Deputy Minister for Finance and Planning, Dr. Ashatu Kijaji, made the statement recently when she was opening the 12th East African Public Procurement Forum held from 27th – 29th in Arusha under the theme “Embracing Modern Procurement Practices for Sustainable Economic Development.”

The deputy minister said malpractices in public procurement make modern e-procurement systems inevitable in order to increase transparency, efficiency and effectiveness.

“Many developed countries made such improvement due to proper use of modern procurement systems in implementing public procurement activities, because (the systems) improve transparency, fairness, accountability and good governance as well as reducing transaction costs in procurement,” said Dr. Kijaji.

She also hailed PPRA Tanzania for its efforts to offer training on using TANePS to procurement and IT staff and connecting the public institution to the system, and she insisted that all PEs should be connected to the system by end of December, 2019.

On other side, the PPRA Tanzania Board Chair, Amb. Dr. Matern Lumbanga, said the EAPF has been vital for member states in creating strategies on how to deal with challenges on the procurement sector in the region, one of them being introduction of e-Procurement system.

“By sharing of experience on how to conduct public procurement, our countries have been encouraged to use modern procurement system in order to curb challenges surrounding the sector,” said Amb. Lumbanga.

Speaking earlier on, PPRA Tanzania Chief Executive Officer, Eng. Leonard Kapongo explained on the progress made with regards to application of TANePS, saying that as of November, 2019 total of 1,490 procurement and IT staff have been trained and 426 out of 540 PEs have been connected to the system. “Also, 225 PEs have submitted their APPs through TANePS with 13,125 tenders worth 11.71 trillion. About 2,927 bidders, service providers and consultants have been registered in the system,” said Eng. Kapongo.

The 12th EAPF brought together 400 participants from EAC, SADC and COMESA. Participants were Accounting Officers, tender board members, procurement staff, bidders, service providers, contractors and representative from civil society organisations. The event was organised by PPRA Tanzania in collaboration with GPSA, PSPTB, PPAA which are under the Ministry of Finance and Planning.

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