Procurement authority launches system to monitor corruption

THE Zambia Public Procurement Authority (ZPPA) is next week expected to start implementing the electronic government procurement system (e-GP) in seven public agencies aimed at enhancing transparency and reducing corruption in the procurement system.
During a business forum at the just ended Zambia International Trade Fair, ZPPA director general Chibelushi Musongole said the authority is ready to roll out the e-GP in selected sites around the country.
“The new agenda for ZPPA is digital and next week Friday we are going to launch the e-GP system on some selected sites and these include ZPPA, Ministry of Higher Education, Ministry of Works and Supply and Ministry of Health, Muchinga Province, the Workers Compensation Fund Control Board and Ndola City Council,” he said.
He said the implication of the launch is that all business entities interested to conducting business with government institutions, will have to use the electronic system.
“We have chosen the institutions carefully from now up to December, and then in 2017, all government procurement entities will go electronic,” he said.
The benefits of the new system will allow many Zambians to participate in public procurement countrywide as long as people have information on ZPPA and internet access to enable them submit bidding documents online.
Other benefits include reduction in the tender processes, bring competition, improve efficiency and transparency in the award of government contracts, and improve contract management and record management.

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