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The Public procurement and Disposal of Public Assets authority (PPDA) is tightening its regulatory arm to focus on procurement performance for better procurement and disposal outcomes by public entities other than sole emphasis on compliance to the PPDA Law.
While opening a three days training for selected government entities and local governments in critical areas affecting the performance of most procuring and Disposing Entities(PDEs) at Colline Hotel Mukono, the Director Capacity building and Advisory Services at PPDA Mr. Moses Ojambo noted that PPDA together with the Ministry of Finance, Planning and Economic Development conducted a survey to review the compliance and monitoring mechanism of public procurement and identified areas that are causing the low compliance and performance of PDEs.
Critical areas that have caused to low compliance and poor performance include:
I. Failure to undertake market price assessments.
II. Application of Force Account Mechanism
III. Delays in the procurement process as more time is spent on administrative issues such as initiation of procurement needs rather than accomplishment of the procurement process.
IV. Inadequate procurement planning
V. Inadequate solicitation documents that are issued to bidders detailing the existing tender offers.
VI. Delayed payments of service providers and suppliers which have caused the private sector to black list government as a bad debtor.
VII. Implementation of Local Content Guidelines in Public Procurement.