Be proud of yourselves, Maswi tells procurement office

ARUSHA: PUBLIC Procurement Regulatory Authority (PPRA) Chief Executive Officer Eliakim Maswi on Monday urged procurement and supplies officers in Tanzania to take pride in what they are doing.

Opening the third Association of Procurement and Supplies Professionals (APSP) Annual General Meeting, Mr Maswi called on the professionals to hold the heads high, arguing that the cadre plays an instrumental role in the growth of any organization.

“Wherever you go, you need to feel proud of yourselves because you play an important role in an organization, as you are responsible for ensuring that the organisation gets the best possible value for its purchases”, explained the PPRA Chief.

According to Mr Maswi, procurement officers play a vital role in ensuring that organizations receive quality goods and services at the best possible prices.

In the same vein, the PPRA CEO urged the professionals to capitalize on the forthcoming East Africa Public Procurement Forum (EAPF slated Dodoma, Tanzania.

“This will be an ideal platform for you all to deliberate on topical and emergent issues in public procurement in the region”, added Mr Maswi.

The forum draws participants from the public sector, private sector, professional organizations, development partners, civil society and training institutions; among others.

The objective of the annual forum is to increase interaction and knowledge sharing between different actors in public procurement in the East African Community and to give stakeholders an opportunity to communicate their concerns and efforts towards improving and harmonizing the public procurement landscape in the region.

Speaking earlier on, the association’s Chair Mr Emmanuel Urembo thanked the government for rolling out National e-Procurement System of Tanzania (NeST) which replaced Tanzanian National e-Procurement System (TANePS).

“The former system wasn’t that effective due to its slowness and frequent outages, the older system also gave rise to fake suppliers,” he said.

Since coming into effect in July 1, 2023 NeST, which was also introduced to increase transparency and accountability in the public procurement has processed 2,651 bids worth of 0.92tri/-, according to Mr Urembo.

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