MWILA NTAMBI, Trade Fair, Ndola
THE Zambia Public Procurement Authority (ZPPA) is reviewing legislation governing public procurement in the country in an
effort to strengthen it and promote transparency.
Speaking at a press briefing a t the ongoing Zambia International Trade Fair (ZITF) in Ndola on Friday, ZPPA acting director general Idah Chella said it is only through review that the current legislation will conform to international best practices.
“The review is necessary in order to strengthen the existing regulatory and enforcement mechanisms required to promote transparency, and accountability in public procurement processes,” Ms Chella said.
She said ZPPA has held several stakeholder meetings regarding the matter and that the revision of the law has reached an advanced stage and will soon be finalised.
Ms Chella also said in order to promote transparency, integrity and ethical values in the procurement sector, the authority has introduced awards for media, suppliers and procurement professionals.
She said the initiative to introduce awards is aimed at enhancing professionalism and compliance with the public procurement Act and other public procurement regulations.
Meanwhile, Ms Chella has encouraged suppliers of goods and services to ensure that they register on the Electronic Procurement (E-GP) system that was launched last year.
She said electronic procurement processes are faster and reduce the cost of doing business unlike the manual processes that are lengthy and contribute to delays in the implementation of government projects.
Ms Chella said so far, 10,105 suppliers have registered on the E-GP system and that it is currently being piloted in 11 public institutions.