The Kenya Private Sector Alliance (KEPSA) has welcomed plans to enforce the use of e-procurement.
President Uhuru Kenyatta has warned all government officials that they must adhere to the requirement to use the new e-procurement system, designed to increase transparency and reduce corruption.
KEPSA said that the private sector fully supported the automation of the procurement process through e-procurement, saying that it would go a long way in aiding the fight against corruption by eliminating the use of manual systems which are prone to abuse and create loopholes for corruption.
“The private sector supports the adoption of the digital platform and calls upon our members and partners to utilise e-procurement in applying for government tenders,” KEPSA said.
“E-procurement ensures fairness and equality among participants besides minimizing manipulation. It is the duty of all responsible corporate citizens to ensure that tax payers get value for money.”
KEPSA said that corruption remained a major hindrance to national development, compromising the quality of public service and infrastructure. It also urged all its members to sign up to the Business Code of Ethics and called for the government to encourage companies bidding for tenders to subscribe to the code.