11 September 2009
African buyers are confident procurement corruption will decline in the next year, research by SM reveals.
Over half of nearly 200 purchasers in 31 African countries think fraud levels will drop over the next 12 months, despite almost 91 per cent believing procurement corruption exists on a significant or moderate scale.
Most respondents believe stronger enforcement of legislation, in particular public procurement laws, will be a catalyst for future improvement. Many say their governments are increasing crackdowns on corruption and there is greater awareness of procurement regulations.
Eliman Mbenga, senior procurement officer at the Central Bank of the Gambia, believes a key aspect of government legislation is "sensitising the public about the rules and regulations of procurement". And Gerald Musinguzi, sourcing officer for Orange Uganda, said there is public outcry for improvement on the issue.
A total of 45.5 per cent of respondents, however, do not expect to see any improvement. One Nigerian buyer who wished to remain anonymous said: "I expect it to worsen instead of improving, irrespective of the establishment of agencies and the promulgation of [Nigeria's] Public Procurement Act."
For more details of the survey see the 24 September 2009 issue of Supply Management magazine