TANZANIA: MINISTER for Finance, Dr Mwingulu Nchemba has stressed the need for harmonising government systems by directing the Public Procurement Regulatory Authority (PPRA) to connect the National e-Procurement System (NeST) with the GPSA Integrated Management Information System (GIMIS).
Dr Nchemba said the systems must be harmonised immediately because they are being used by ministries, public institutions, agencies, regional and district council offices in accessing GPSA services.
The minister also directed other systems to be connected with GIMIS in order to simplify execution of the agency’s responsibilities.
The minister was speaking during the inauguration of the GIMIS and new buildings for GPSA held in Dodoma on Saturday.
He said since President Samia Suluhu Hassan has been stressing the importance of harmonising government systems, GPSA should also follow suit.
He also called upon procurement institutions to make sure that they use GPSA services since the procurement law and its regulations require the institutions to acquire services and equipment through the agency.
The minister said that the government has been taking various steps to improve public procurement sector for the wider benefit of the nation which among others included review of the procurement act in order to facilitate implementation of various procurement activities based on the present time.
He also commended the agency for managing to increase revenue from 13.9bn/- in 2018/2019 to 31.7bn/- in 2022/2023, which is equivalent to an increase of 127 per cent.
Dr Nchemba added that the agency has also managed to install the electronic system – GIMIS and construct new buildings in six regions as part of the efforts to improve worker’s welfare.
The minister further said that he has been impressed by the great success recorded by the agency in a period of five years of which it has contributed to the government coffers a total of 11.9bn/- until 2022/2023 financial year.
“I believe that you will continue to contribute to the government coffers as per the law so that the government can manage to execute various plans,” Dr Nchemba said.
Speaking at the inauguration of GIMIS, Ministerial Advisory Board Chairperson, Dorothy Mwanyika said that they are working hard to help the government fight corruption in its agencies.
She said the system is inclusive in provision of the agency’s services, noting that its construction has recognised the stakeholders within and outside the agency in execution of responsibilities.
She said the stakeholders who have been involved in the construction of the system included President’s Office, Public Service Management, Prime Minister’s Office, Ministry of Finance and ministry of Works.