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EAST AFRICAN PUBLIC PROCUREMENT – FORUM JUNE 2008 – Procurement Context. TOPIC Context of Public Procurement in East Africa and Objectives of this Forum ******* By Mbuba Mbungu Senior Procurement Specialist World Bank . EAST AFRICAN PUBLIC PROCUREMENT – FORUM JUNE 2008.

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east african public procurement forum june 2008 procurement context
EAST AFRICAN PUBLIC PROCUREMENT – FORUM JUNE 2008 – Procurement Context

TOPIC

Context of Public Procurement in East Africa and

Objectives of this Forum

*******

By Mbuba Mbungu

Senior Procurement Specialist

World Bank

east african public procurement forum june 2008
EAST AFRICAN PUBLIC PROCUREMENT – FORUM JUNE 2008

Procurement Context

Three Reminders

  • Public Procurement is about acquisition of goods, works and services (issues of stores, real property, stocks etc. belong to other areas of public sector management)
  • Key considerations of an efficient public procurement system are Economy, Efficiency, Transparency, and Equal opportunity to suppliers, contractors and consultants.

Be Realistic

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EAST AFRICAN PUBLIC PROCUREMENT – FORUM JUNE 2008 – Procurement Context

(iii) A system via which huge amounts of public procurement are spent: about 12 % GDP, representing almost half of government spending

Estimated public procurement expenditures

Uganda, US$ 1050 million

Tanzania US$ 1440 million

Kenya US$ 2280 million

(Source: World Development Indicators 2007).

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EAST AFRICAN PUBLIC PROCUREMENT – FORUM JUNE 2008 – Procurement Context
  • All EA Countries have enacted Public Procurement Laws whose main objectives are (among other things) to streamline public procurement to ensure it is carried out in a non-discretionary manner in order to:
    • achieve value for money
    • enhance efficiency in budget execution and service delivery,
    • reduce corruption in procurement, and
    • promote the private sector
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EAST AFRICAN PUBLIC PROCUREMENT – FORUM JUNE 2008 – Procurement Context

CURRENT OBSERVATIONS .. In each country the implementation of the law is not fully achieving the objectives due to a combination of factors (some are):

  • Weak enforcement of compliance
  • Low capacity of the public sector (inadequate technical skills in procuring entities to support procurement)
  • Weak and/or uniformed private sector; including civil society
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EAST AFRICAN PUBLIC PROCUREMENT – FORUM JUNE 2008 – Procurement Context

CURRENT OBSERVATIONS (cont’d)

  • Poor Governance (including weak roles of Competent Authorities) that allows corruption in public procurement
  • Unclear provisions in the laws
  • Unclear and/or conflicting mechanisms for dealing with Appeals and Complaints
  • Weak roles of Development Partners and Civil Society
  • Poor internal financial controls
  • Limited progress on aligning Government and Donor procedures
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EAST AFRICAN PUBLIC PROCUREMENT – FORUM JUNE 2008 – Procurement Context

CURRENT OBSERVATIONS (cont’d)

  • Corruption in procurement is most lucrative (to the corrupt)
  • Public procurement has been in the spotlight recently.
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EAST AFRICAN PUBLIC PROCUREMENT – FORUM JUNE 2008 – Procurement Context

CURRENT OBSERVATIONS (cont’d)

These factors are in varying degrees from country to country. Some countries are strong in some cases and weak in others.

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EAST AFRICAN PUBLIC PROCUREMENT – FORUM JUNE 2008 – Procurement Context

The Forum will focus on three key areas make the procurement laws effective by:

  • Enforcing compliance
  • Improving procurement capacity
  • Having effective operating systems, e.g.

-Appeals are complaints

- Information insemination

- Debarments

- Raising the red flags

- Monitoring and measuring procurement efficiency

- etc

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EAST AFRICAN PUBLIC PROCUREMENT – FORUM JUNE 2008Procurement Context

This Forum is an opportune event for participants to:

  • Learn about what works well and what does work well, and
  • Develop ideas on how stakeholders can support and contribute to an effective public procurement system.
finally
FINALLY
  • The event is about learning from each other.
  • A possible first of such annual EA Procurement Forums.

“No Country should expect to develop if it does not take care of its resources…money”.

  • THANK YOU
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