Bill to bring trans­parency in pro­cure­ment sys­tems await gazetting

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Business Chronicle - Leonard Ncube in Vic­to­ria Falls

THE Pub­lic Pro­cure­ment Bill is ready for gazetting, set­ting the stage for the es­tab­lish­ment of a pro­cure­ment reg­u­la­tory author­ity that will su­per­vise and bring trans­parency in ten­der pro­cesses. Fi­nance and Eco­nomic De­vel­op­ment Min­is­ter Pa­trick Chi­na­masa told pro­cure­ment ex­perts at the Char­tered In­sti­tute of Pro­cure­ment and Sup­ply (CIPS) sum­mer school here on Wed­nes­day that the Bill would ad­dress his­toric loop­holes and en­sure fair­ness, hon­esty, cost ef­fec­tive­ness and in­dus­try com­pe­ti­tion. “Con­sis­tent with sec­tion 315 of the Con­sti­tu­tion, which re­quires that the pro­cure­ment sys­tems be trans­par­ent, fair, hon­est, cost ef­fec­tive and com­pet­i­tive, the Pub­lic Pro­cure­ment Bill is now ready for gazetting,” said Min­is­ter Chi­na­masa.

He said the Bill will trans­fer the re­spon­si­bil­ity of award­ing ten­ders to procur­ing in­di­vid­ual en­ti­ties, with the State Pro­cure­ment Board as­sum­ing a reg­u­la­tory role.

“The com­pet­i­tive bid­ding method of pro­cure­ment will be the nor­mal method to be em­ployed by procur­ing en­ti­ties un­less cir­cum­stances de­mand that the other meth­ods be em­ployed.

“The Bill will re­peal the Pro­cure­ment Act and abol­ish the State Pro­cure­ment Board. In place of the Board, it will set up a new body to be called the Pro­cure­ment Reg­u­la­tory Author­ity of Zim­babwe, which will not con­duct pro­cure­ment ser­vices it­self but in­stead will over­see and reg­u­late pro­cure­ment ac­tiv­i­ties con­ducted by Gov­ern­ment, paras­tatals and lo­cal au­thor­i­ties,” said Min­is­ter Chi­na­masa who was guest of hon­our at the con­fer­ence.

The Bill also out­lines pro­ce­dures and steps to be fol­lowed in the process, as well as is­sue di­rec­tives to procur­ing en­ti­ties and re­port an­nu­ally to Par­lia­ment.

The min­is­ter said a well-man­aged pro­cure­ment process is a good tonic to so­cio-eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment in the coun­try as it can help gen­er­ate rev­enue for Trea­sury as well as grow the econ­omy.

He urged the pro­cure­ment en­ti­ties to sup­port do­mes­tic in­dus­try by part­ner­ing Gov­ern­ment in im­ple­ment­ing some of its poli­cies such as Buy Zim­babwe, Ease and Cost of Do­ing Busi­ness and Statu­tory In­stru­ment 64 of 2016.

The two day con­fer­ence ended yes­ter­day. It was held un­der the theme “Driv­ing value for money in pro­cure­ment.”

It drew par­tic­i­pants from across the coun­try’s procur­ing en­ti­ties and pre­sen­ters from across the re­gion.

CIPS is there to en­lighten busi­nesses on pro­cure­ment and sup­ply as it of­fers a range of prod­ucts and ser­vices to equip in­di­vid­u­als or or­gan­i­sa­tions with the knowl­edge, train­ing and prac­ti­cal skills needed to de­rive max­i­mum ben­e­fit from pro­cure­ment prac­tices.

The in­sti­tute has a global mem­ber­ship of 103 000 in 150 coun­tries, with Zim­babwe cur­rently hav­ing 960 mem­bers chaired by Mr Michael Mu­sanzikwa. — @ncubeleon

Min­is­ter Pa­trick Chi­na­masa

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