Role of PPDA

Role of PPDA

Role of the Public Procurement and Disposal of Public Assets Authority (PPDA)

The Public Procurement and Disposal of Public Assets Act 1 of 2003 set up the Public Procurement and Disposal of Public Assets Authority (PPDA) as the principal regulatory body for public procurement and disposal of public assets in Uganda. The amendments to the PPDA law have introduced several changes prominent of which is the strengthening and enhancement of the role of PPDA in the execution of its regulatory mandate.

What is the role of PPDA?
The Act sets up the Public Procurement and Disposal of Public Assets Authority:
1. Ensure the application of fair
2. Competitive, transparent non-discriminatory and value for money procurement and disposal standards and practices
3. Harmonize the procurement and disposal policy systems and practices of Central Government
4. Local Governments and Statutory bodies
5. Set standards for the public procurement and disposal systems in Uganda
6. Monitor compliance of procuring and disposing entities
7. Build procurement and disposal capacity in Uganda

The mandate of PPDA has been enhanced by addition of the following functions:

1. Suspension of a provider by the Authority
The Authority, may following the recommendation of a Procuring and Disposing Entity, or after investigations on its own initiative suspend a provider from engaging in any procurement and disposal process for a period determined by the Authority. The grounds for suspension include:

Breach of the Code of Ethics of providers
Debarment from the procurement process of an international agency of which Uganda is n member
After investigations by the Auditor General and the provider is found to have a record of unsatisfactory performance
Conviction of provider of a corrupt practice or fraudulent practice under the PPDA Act
Failure by the provider to substantially perform its obligations under the contract
Suspension of the provider by a professional body for professional misconduct
Default by the provider of its obligations specified under the law
2. Accreditation of an alternative procurement and disposal system
The Authority may at its own initiative or on application from an entity accredit an alternative public procurement or disposal system for an entity that may not able to comply with a procurement or disposal procedure required under PPDA Act.

3. Waivers and Deviations
The Authority does not grant waivers / deviations from procurement or disposal methods and procedures including variations. The Authority only considers applications to deviate from the use of standard bidding documents, procedural forms or any other attendant documents which are not suitable for a procurement and disposal process.

4. Entry into the premises of Government entities
When conducting procurement audits, compliance checks or investigations, an authorised officer of the Authority may enter any premises of a Government Entity, at a reasonable time and inspect the premises to make any inquiries that may be necessary for the collection of information.

5. Directing an Entity to take corrective action:
Where there is persistent or serious breach of the PPDA Act, regulations or guidelines made under the Act, the Authority may direct the concerned Government entity to take the necessary corrective action to set right the breach.

6. Reservation Schemes
PPDA in consultation with a competent authority and relevant stakeholders, is mandated to specify the public procurement contracts to be subject to a reservation scheme and to designate the particular sectors, within a specified geographical area, that are eligible to participate in the reservation scheme.