New procurement policies to ease labour mobility in East Africa
Posted Wednesday, October 23 2013 at 01:00
The laws, if crafted, will allow professionals to move in the region to execute service contracts.
East African Community member states have started formulating procurement policies at both national and regional levels to have uniform procurement laws ahead of a political federation.
This will allow movement of professionals in the region to execute service contracts such as consultancies thus competing favourably with foreign companies.
State minister for Investment Gabriel Aridru Ajedra Gadision while opening a meeting in Entebbe last week said cooperative procurement has been recognised under the East African Community development strategy as a vehicle for effectively achieving regional development goals.
“The East African strategic plan envisages that more effective utilisation of resources can be realised through pooling arrangements to finance projects and other activities that will advance social and economic development of the region,” Mr Ajedra disclosed during the meeting.
The Institute of procurement and professionals in Uganda chairman, Mr John Etiadau, said the current national public procurement systems in the region are devoid of performance and flexibility considerations. “It is time to position the procurement function in the public sector. We need to review the national procurement laws focusing on performance and better value requirements,” he said.