NOMSA NKANA, Lusaka
THE Zambia Public Procurement Authority (ZPPA) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with four learning institutions to supplement the authorityâ€™s capacity building efforts and professional development interventions.
The MoU was signed between ZPPA and University of Lusaka (UNILUS), National Institute for Public Administration (NIPA), Zambia Institute of Management Studies (ZAMIM) and Zambia Centre for Accountancy Studies (ZCAS).
During the signing ceremony in Lusaka, ZPPA director general Chibelushi Musongole said the MoU also aims at providing a framework for cooperation and coordination among procurement entities.
Dr Musongole said under the MoU, ZPPA will provide instructor qualification requirements for the training of procurement professionals in public procurement courses.
â€œThe Authority will provide, among other things, training materials and other supporting materials relevant for the training of procurement staff necessary to meet the provisions of the MoU.
In addition, ZPPA will allow UNILUS, NIPA, ZCAS and ZAMIM to issue certificates of course completion to students, among other undertakings, he said.
Dr Musongole said ZPPA expects the training institutions to maintain records for students who successfully complete courses under the MoU for a minimum of three years and provide ZPPA instructor records upon request.
He also challenged the institutions to consider introducing short-term courses to help Government save money spent on sending officers broad for training.
He also said if Zambia had competent and ethical procurement professionals, malpractices in the profession would come to an end.
And UNILUS vice-chancellor Pinalo Chifwanakeni was happy with the confidence that ZPPA has in local learning institutions to provide quality training.
Prof Chikwanakeni assured ZPPA that the institutions will meet the training parameters that have been set.
NOMSA NKANA, Lusaka