Local contractors urged to adhere to professionalism

DAR ES SALAAM : AS the government works to improve the National e-Procurement System of Tanzania (NeST) Act, the Contractors Registration Board (CRB) has urged local contractors in the country to adhere to professionalism and refrain from fraudulent practices.

The remark was made on Saturday by CRB Registrar Engineer Rhoben Nkori when closing a two-day training of business management skills for the contractors held in Dar es Salaam.

The CRB Registrar told the contractors to prepare to work professionally and avoid fraudulent acts as the improvements of the NeST Act are expected to be completed.

“The only way for the local contractors to win trust from the government is to adhere to profes- sionalism, refrain from fraudulent practices and consider value for money in executing the development projects,” he pointed out.

In particular, Eng Nkori said it is high time for the local con- tractors in the country to change their mindset and abide by the new forthcoming improved e- procurement system adding that no contractor would be able to bid outside the system.

He added that the e-Procurement System will allow the con- tractors’ companies to participate in tendering process online.

In a related development he said the government has given clear direction to local contractors to work with it, something which is vital to the country’s economy while urging them to be ready to start changing their mindset when the Act is ready.

Moreover, he urged the contractors to perform their activities by observing quality and acceptable standards.

“The government implement various development projects purposely to provide services to Wananchi so when you get a chance to implement such projects make sure that you do it accord- ing to the given specifications,” he emphasised.

Eng Nkori also stressed the issue of trustworthiness, integrity and accountability adding that those three things are very important for any contractor.

“If a contractor meets all the criteria and is registered by CRB, we believe you will implement the project in accordance with the rules and procedures so that at the end of the day the country gets value for money… that is the only way for local contractors to be trusted,” he said.

Regarding the training the Assistant Registrar- Research and Development, David Jere said a total of 205 contractors from various regions attended the training.

He added that the training involved various business management skills topics that include, introduction to entrepreneurship, utilising technology to improve business, and NeST.

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