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14 August 2014 | Will Green
The president of Kenya has announced the launch of e-procurement for the government that will “more or less eliminate abuse of our system”.
President Uhuru Kenyatta said electronic purchasing would improve confidence and transparency in government spending, strengthen supplier relationships and cut costs.
“E-procurement will to a large extent assist in ensuring that public financial resources are used prudently and for the intended purposes,” he said. “Over the years, we have heard complaints from Kenyans that the government is being overcharged for goods and services that it purchases.
“By introducing transparency and accountability through e-procurement, we expect more or less to eliminate the abuse of our procurement system.
“Indeed, given the fact that procurement of goods and services constitute about 50 per cent of our annual budget, implementation of e-procurement will, therefore, save the government substantial financial resources.
“But more importantly, it will help to instil confidence in Kenyans that they are getting value for money and hence the reason why they should pay taxes.”
Kenyatta said e-procurement would streamline procedures, increase the number of bidders in tenders and make the country a more attractive place for investment.
“We take great pride in being the first African country to automate end-to-end procurement and payment processes in a devolved government system,” he said.
Kenyatta also said a “Treasury Single Account” had been established from which all payments to suppliers would be made, replacing previous “fragmented banking arrangements”, and he reiterated the directive that 30 per cent of all public sector contracts should go to disadvantaged groups.