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5 August 2011 | Adam Leach
Procurement bureaucracy is to be stripped away to allow companies
in the Western Cape province of South Africa to generate more business.
Speaking at the launch of the Western Cape Government’s red tape programme yesterday, Alan Winde, who is the economic
development member of region’s executivecouncil, announced the formation of a dedicated unit to identify the most
damaging areas of bureaucracy and regulation and remove them.
“If red tape is not addressed, it
will remain an insidious threat to Western Cape businesses,” he said. “By placing
unnecessary blockages in the way, it inhibits large enterprises, as well as
those smaller enterprises that are so important to our economy.”
He went on to emphasise that
rules and regulations that are found to be “beneficial” to industry would
The two-fold process to make
things run more smoothly will see the new unit “reduce or eradicate” needless
legislation governing procurement while also adapting existing regulations and
processes to make them more efficient both in terms of cost and the amount of
time they take up.
Describing one of the key actions
he said: “As part of this initiative, we will complete Regulatory Impact
Assessments on procurement and supply chain management functions that constrain
business. As they are completed, we will receive options for policy changes
that ease red tape.”
The plans will also see the
provincial government run a series of networking events and forums to work
closely with industry. These events included twice yearly supplier days where
government officials will meet with current and potential suppliers. Special
events will also be held with small and medium enterprises to help them
overcome the specific challenges they face with red tape.