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Gov’t sets March, Next Year for Start of e-Procurement

Keith Muhakanizi, the Secretary to the Treasury said on Monday that the arrangement where bidding for government contracts will be online, will start in March with ten entities as a pilot and then all agencies at the central government level in September 2020.
Officials sign on the egovernment procurement poster in August

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The government has set March 2020 as the date for the start of the e-government procurement after missing an earlier target date.

Keith Muhakanizi, the Secretary to the Treasury said on Monday that the arrangement where bidding for government contracts will be online, will start in March with ten entities as a pilot and then all agencies at the central government level in September 2020.

Muhakanizi said some technocrats wanted the system to be pushed to 2023 but that would not happen. He says that by July 2021, every government agency at the central and local government will be expected to do its procurement on e-government portal.

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The government e-Procurement portal was expected to go live in August this year. It missed the date and officials at Public Procurement and Disposal of Public Assets Authority-PPDA have indicated they are not yet confident that it would handle all the procurements safely.

Turamye Benson, the head of PPDA, said this month that the system was only 67 per cent complete and would need more work to be ready.

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The e-government procurement system is expected to cut paper clutter involved in the current governance processes. Also, it would reduce human contact that most of the times lead to the payment of bribes to officials involved in the procurement process.

Ten government entities including Uganda Revenue Authority, PPDA, Kampala Capital City Authority and Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) are to pilot on the system and then be consequently widened to all others.

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