Kampala-Public Procurement and Disposal of Assets Authority (PPDA) will roll out the Electronic Procurement System in 10 government entities beginning July 1, 2019.
The system seeks to promote transparency as well as eliminate corruption in procurement processes.
Speaking to Daily Monitor recently about the progress of e-government procurement, Ms Florence Nakyeyune, the PPDA e-government procurement manager, said the system will first be piloted in PPDA, National Information Technology Authority, Kampala Capital City Authority and Uganda National Roads Authority.
Others, she said, will be National Social Security Fund, Civil Aviation Authority, Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Water, Mpigi and Jinja districts.
The system will require government agencies to buy goods and services through electronic methods, primarily the Internet.
It seeks to reduce, among others, delays in government programmes as well as eliminating corruption in government projects.
However, Ms Nakyeyune noted that low participations continues to be a problem in Uganda’s procurement and bidding space.
“The key challenge government faces is low bidder participation. It is worse in local government, which means that entities do not benefit from the lower costs of purchase that would result if several bidders participated,” she said.
According to a survey conducted by PPDA, the low participation is a result of government’s delay in payments, corruption, high cost of bidding, unclear specifications, and inadequate knowledge on the available opportunities, lack of finances, and lack of technical capacity to meet the procurement demands, among others.
Ms Nakyeyune said the rollout, will help to eliminate some of the problems that continue to affect government procurement.
“Tender information will be available to bidders through the Internet,” she said.
Mr Patrick Ocailap, the deputy secretary to the Treasury, recently told Daily Monitor that efficiency, controls and reduction in time during the procurement process would be realised through electronic procurement.
“There is going be transparency in the procurement process without compromising the value for money. It is part of our plan for electronic procurement is which is going to start,” he said.
According to Ms Nakyeyune, efficiency will be achieved through reduction on the average time taken to complete the procurement cycle. The electronic system, she said, takes care of procurement delays, bidder participation in the procurement process vis-a-viz competitiveness and attainment of value for money.