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15 August 2013 | Adam Leach
The Ugandan government has published a list of average prices paid for common goods and services to help public sector buyers ensure they don’t pay above market rates.
The 77-page document, published this week by the Public Procurement Disposal of Public Assets Authority (PPDA), provides guide prices for common goods and services bought by the government in 25 different categories. Areas covered include courier services, fuels and lubes, and uniforms and office wear.
In a foreword to the guide, Cornelia Sabiiti, executive director of the PPDA, said: “The list provides indicative prices to guide entities during the budgeting process and help [them] achieve value for money by benchmarking quoted prices against market prices before contracts are signed. Accounting officers are therefore encouraged to the to make their own market intelligence to avoid providers over pricing their goods or services.”
Among the average prices quoted in the guide are UGX 50,000 ($19.53) for a Windows Vista package, UGX 500,000 ($195.30) for a 1 terabyte external hard drive, and UGX 1.5 billion ($585,941) for a fire truck. A litre of diesel from Shell cost UGX 3,300 ($1.29) while 1kg of Dried Nile Perch cost UGX 12,209 ($4.77).