Government procurement goes online
The procurement of big ticket and small projects from government is set for a complete overhaul as the service goes online. The Public Procurement Disposal of Public Assets Authority (PPDA), will this month launch the eGovernment Procurement portal, a web-based system that will see a migration away from the hand delivery of bids to government agencies.
At least 60 per cent of government revenue is spent on various projects, most of which are done through the public procurement process.
Ms Cornelia Sabiiti, the executive director PPDA, told reporters on Monday that the new system will reduce the cost of procurement for both the government and service provider.
“eGP will ensure transparency by allowing technology rather than people to do some of the processes, eliminating the interface between suppliers and Public Procurement and Disposal Entities (PDEs), which has been one of the commonest mediums that has allowed corruption to fester,” Ms Sabiiti points out.
“When you open up and take the process online, the temptation to pad people in the system for favours becomes harder. This makes it cheaper for the service provider because all bids are available online and will be looked at fairly,” she adds.
Uganda’s public expenditure on development projects in 2015/16 is expected to rise to Shs9.7 trillion from Shs5 trillion this financial year 2014/15.
According to PPDA, an efficient eGovernment Procurement could save the country between 5 per cent and 10 per cent of the entire size of the development budget.