Uganda unveils 5-year e-procurement strategy

In order to tackle corruption in the country’s procurement sector, Uganda’s finance ministry has unveiled a five-year e-procurement strategy that would run from 2014 to 2019.

Matia Kasaija, the country’s state minister for Planning in the ministry of Finance, said the Ugandan government would adopt an e-procurement system for the empowerment of entities to better manage public procurement and the disposal process.

The Observer reported the aim of the strategy is to promote accountability and transparency especially in all public procurement departments. The implementation of the project is being supported by the World Bank with a funding of about US$5.8 million.

“E-government procurement is expected to increase transparency in public procurement. As you are aware, lack of transparency breeds corruption, unfairness, lack of competition and ultimately the government does not achieve value for money as a result of paying more for a service that could be delivered at a cheaper price,” the minister said.

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