The Ugandan government has launched a five-year strategy to introduce e-government procurement.
Running until 2019, the strategy will see the government adopt an e-government procurement system designed to empower public bodies to better manage public procurement.
Implemented by the Public Procurement & Disposal of Public Assets Authority (PPDA) and supported by the World Bank, the system also aims to introduce increased efficiency, confidence in the procurement system and value for money.
“E-procurement is one of the government initiatives to ensure that our nation remains relevant and competitive in this new era of the digital economy,” a statement from the PPDA read.
Matia Kasaija, Uganda’s state minister for finance (planning) added: “E-government procurement is expected to increase transparency in public procurement. Lack of transparency breeds corruption, unfairness, lack of competition and ultimately the government does not achieve value for money as a result of paying more for a service that could be delivered at a cheaper price.”
If fully utilised the e-procurement system would “empower our people and change their lives in ways we could not have imagined even two decades ago”, Kasaijja added.