Uganda’s Public Procurement and Disposal of Public Assets Authority (PPDA) has increased oversight and support for public sector buyers.
PPDA executive director Cornelia Sabiiti said: “We are now focusing on positive procurement results and not just following the PPDA law.”
The PPDA has formed a committee to monitor high spend entities (HSEs), which had a budget of 8.2trn Ugandan shillings in 2015-16.
A team of relationship managers will support these HSEs, which include many key ministries and public sector bodies, in quarterly meetings that will share information on lessons learnt and proposals on improving the system.
The PPDA and the Anti-Corruption Coalition Uganda recently organised a public debate at Kampala’s Hotel Africana to share views on public procurement issues.
The event was part of attempts to monitor malpractice in public procurement and enhance transparency and accountability, the PPDA said.
Last year the PPDA launched the Government Procurement Portal (GPP), a web based procurement platform, to promote efficiency and accountability and help SMEs bid for public contracts.