28 June 2014 | Gurjit Degun

The government of Tanzania is to prepare a strategy for implementing the National Public Procurement Policy (NPPP), according to the Public Procurement Regulatory Authority (PPRA).

Finance minister Saada Mkuya said the department has prepared the NPPP “as one of the tools to monitor the public procurement system in the country”. It has worked with the PPRA to prepare the action plan.

In her budget speech earlier this month, Mkuya said over the next financial year, the government “will continue to administer the implementation of the Public Procurement Act No. 7 of 2011 that came into force in December 2013”.

She said the Act should address challenges experienced during the implementation of the Public Procurement Act of 2004. This includes “the overly long procurement process and the high prices of goods and services procured through the public procurement system as compared to the actual market prices”.

Mkuya also announced the government will use bulk purchasing to “control public expenditure and ensure value for money”. The process will see the government buying goods and services directly from suppliers instead of its current method of using agents.

“To begin with, all vehicles and ICT Equipment will be procured through bulk procurement,” she said. “Given the large volume of fuel used in vehicles and machinery, the government will install an electronic system that will be used in purchasing, storing and selling of fuel in order to ensure value for money in these transactions.”