ZICTA plans to spend ZMW1mil­lion on branded fur­ni­ture, its Pro­cure­ment Bud­get hits ZMW18mil­lion for 2018

Zambian Business Times - - TECHNOLOGY -

ZAMBIAs In­for­ma­tion Com­mu­ni­ca­tion Tech­nol­ogy - ICT reg­u­la­tor ZICTA whose strate­gic goals in­clude the pro­mo­tion of com­pe­ti­tion in the ICT sec­tor, cat­alyz­ing uni­ver­sal ac­cess for the Zam­bian pop­u­la­tion, con­sumer pro­tec­tion, en­sur­ing ef­fi­cient man­age­ment of scarce re­sources and en­hanc­ing in­sti­tu­tional ca­pac­ity to de­liver ICT ex­pec­ta­tions of the coun­try plans to spend K1mil­lion on branded fur­ni­ture for its of­fices. This is ac­cord­ing to its 2018 board ap­proved pro­cure­ment bud­get made avail­able to ZBT. The reg­u­la­tory agency to­tal ap­proved pro­cure­ment bud­get for 2018 is K18 mil­lion (about USD1.8 mil­lion).

A fur­ther re­view of the ap­proved bud­get re­veals that the in­sti­tu­tions high­est pro­cure­ment line is on mo­tor ve­hi­cles. ZICTA plans to spend K3.5mil­lion to pur­chase ve­hi­cles as the sin­gle big­gest pro­cure­ment line. An­a­lysts say that this is an anom­aly as an in­sti­tu­tion is ex­pected to spend more on its core man­date, in this case equip­ment meant to sup­port its reg­u­la­tory func­tions. Yes, mo­tor ve­hi­cles are im­por­tant to sup­port ZICTA’s op­er­a­tions to carry out its reg­u­la­tory func­tions but it should not be the big­gest spend.

The sec­ond high­est pro­cure­ment line is how­ever in line as ZICTA plans to spend K2.5mil­lion to up­grade its qual­ity of ser­vice mon­i­tor­ing equip­ment. This equip­ment if well used can also lead to the reg­u­la­tor over­sight func­tion im­prove­ment as they will be em­pow­ered to mon­i­tor the qual­ity of ser­vice and fine the net­work op­er­at­ing not meet­ing the set min­i­mum stan­dards. How­ever, with this pro­cure­ment, the coun­try should now be able to re­ceive monthly re­ports and up­dates on the re­sults of the mon­i­tor­ing ac­tiv­i­ties on the qual­ity of ser­vices at an in­dus­try level as well as net­work level.

ZICTA also ob­tained board ap­proval to spend a fur­ther K2.5mil­lion to­wards the con­struc­tion of the ap­proval test equip­ment plant. This plant is ex­pected to be con­structed in the Lusaka South Multi-Fa­cil­ity Eco­nomic Zone were the agency had bought land and put out a pro­posal to set up a pub­lic pri­vate part­ner­ship - PPP to en­sure fu­ture vi­a­bil­ity and the cen­ter re­main­ing tech­no­log­i­cally up to-date.

The fourth and fifth high­est pro­cure­ment line by value for 2018 for ZICTA has been a to­tal al­lo­ca­tion of K1.25mil­lion for the main­te­nance and sup­port of the RSSM sys­tem and the K1mil­lion al­lo­ca­tion to pur­chase and de­liver of branded fur­ni­ture. ZICTA which reg­u­lates the lu­cra­tive telecoms mar­ket is al­ways un­der pres­sure to match up and keep its of­fi­cers who are ex­pected to pro­vide reg­u­la­tory over­sight at par or even bet­ter in terms of con­di­tions of ser­vice so as to at­tract the best and well trained per­son­nel in the mar­ket.

ZICTA re­lo­cated to the for­mer Amer­i­can Em­bassy build­ing which is cur­rently hous­ing its head of­fices. The of­fices have un­der­gone some ren­o­va­tions and facelifts, per­haps an at­tempt to keep abreast with its stake­hold­ers and mo­bile net­work op­er­a­tors who have put up plush head of­fices in some of the best of­fice parks in Lusaka.

An­other reg­u­la­tor, Bank of Zam­bia, faces a sim­i­lar chal­lenge were its of­fi­cers to pro­vide reg­u­la­tory over­sight on bankers work­ing in the pri­vate sec­tor and are well paid, has also estab­lished a re­mu­ner­a­tion struc­ture that makes Bank of Zam­bia be­ing one of the best em­ploy­ers in terms of con­di­tions of ser­vice among its pub­lic sec­tor peers.

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