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Swaziland finance minister announces procurement reform

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29 February 2012 | Angeline Albert

This year, the Swaziland government plans to introduce a public procurement agency to oversee the purchasing carried out by public bodies.

In this national budget speech, finance minister Majozi Sithole said that the Swaziland Public Procurement Regulatory Agency will be created in the 2012/13 financial year.

As well as overseeing public purchasing, the agency will provide an independent forum to assess suppliers’ complaints. In addition, a code of conduct for public sector procurement officials will also be adopted.

The changes come as a result of the country’s Procurement Act of 2010, which gained assent from His Majesty King Mswati III last year. The act also disqualifies public sector workers and politicians from supplying government with goods and services.

In his budget speech, Sithole said: “Government understands that improving public procurement can generate savings without compromising services to the public. It is also an area prone to corruption. That is why we have a new procurement act. In 2012, the government will apply the changes required.”

The minister emphasized the need for stronger fiscal discipline in government by investing in cost-saving policies, improving procurement and public finance management and fighting corruption.

Tanzania: Ewura CCC Urges Bunge to Probe Extractive Industry


February 9, 2012

THE parliament should continue pressing for access by its members to all contracts signed between the government and private investors in the extraction of natural resources to get rid of the problems that shroud the mining sector in the country.

According to the Chairman of Energy and Water Utilities Regulatory Authority Consumer Consultative Council (EWURA-CCC), Professor Jamindu Katima, most of the problems with contracts signed between the government and private firms in the extractive industry emanate from secrecy.

These contracts are top secret which not even parliament can access easily,” said Prof Katima who is also the Principal of College of Engineering and Technology of University of Dar es Salaam.

He said all contracts in the gas subsector need to be reviewed if proved to be faulty as was the case with Pan African Energy which faces accusations of evading taxes in the tunes of billions of shillings while inflating prices of gas supplied to Tanzania Electric Supply Company (TANESCO).

Apart from Songas and Pan African Energy, others companies extracting and supplying natural gas include Canadian Wentworth Resources and French Morel & Prom which are operating at Mnazi Bay in Mtwara region.

Lawmakers should continue to press the executive so that they can access all contracts and where necessary review them,” the Nobel Laureate said. Prof Katima who is a 2009 joint Nobel Laureate argued that Songas Limited may have signed another bad contract with Tanzania Petroleum Development Corporation which needs to be reviewed as its power tariffs to Tanesco are also excessive.

The don however warned against any attempt to undo such contracts. “I do not support severing such contracts because experience has shown that it becomes twice a burden to the public,” he pointed out naming Dowans Holdings Limited as the latest example…Read more.

Nigeria: BPP saves N316bn from inflated contracts

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October 17, 2011

By EMMA UJAH Abuja Bureau Chief

ABUJA – Bureau of Public Procurement, BPP, has saved N316 billion from inflated contracts between January last year and last month, its Director-General , Engr, Emeka Eze, said, weekend.

In an interactive session with newsmen, in Abuja, he said: “Reviewing the many projects from the MDAs (Ministries, Agencies and Departments) ahead of possible award of Certificate of ‘No Objection’, we have often made significant reductions from the original proposals from the MDAs.

”In January 2010 to March 2011, financial year, for instance, N216 billion was saved from all projects reviewed in that fiscal year.  Between March 2011 and last September, close to N100 billion was also saved from reviews, while more of such savings will be made as this financial year progresses”.

He  said five per cent of elites were trying to frustrate the government procurement reform and that the rest mass of Nigerians must not allow that to happen.

“The elite is less than 5 per cent of the total population but controls 95 per cent of the nation’s resources”, he said, adding, “we are determined to making the public procurement reform work, in spite of the opposition by corrupt people.

He said some MDAs deliberately delay the commencement of procurement processes till the end of the year in other to stampede the system but vowed that his team would not allow them.

“As the year is about to end now, what you will hear is that BPP is delaying the implementation of the budget.  You will see MDAs advertising for contracts even in October.  It means they don’t want to implement such projects this year because we will ensure they follow due process.

The question is what have they being doing since the beginning of the year that they are now just advertising from jobs at this time.  We know their game.  It won’t work,” he vowed.

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