THE government has vowed never to trade with suppliers of goods and services unless they register with the Tanzania National Electronic Procurement System (TANePS).
Finance and Planning Minister Philip Mpango has reminded the Public Procurement Regulatory Authority (PPRA) to set deadline for all suppliers to register with the system.
“Have a timeframe in place for suppliers to register… if they fail, they will be locked out of bidding for the government tenders,” Dr Mpango told PPRA, instructing all government institutions and suppliers effective this fiscal year to start applying the new electronic system for procurements.
“I want you to bring to me your action plan so that I know how you are going to pin them down,” he told PPRA at the 42nd Dar es Salaam International Trade Fairs on Monday.
The minister was visiting different pavilions of the agencies under his ministry that are showcasing their activities at the fairgrounds along Kilwa road.
He emphasised that the public procurement was an area in which public funds are largely stolen and thus the PPRA was entrusted to contain the theft. PPRA’s Director for Legal and Public Relations Bertha Soka promised the minister that the authority will work on the deadline, noting that in this financial year, PPRA will start applying the system for the registered suppliers.
TANePs is expected to increase transparent and efficiency in public procurement process.
The Deputy Minister for Finance, Dr Ashatu Kijaji, visiting PPRA pavilion over the week also stated that the new system will ensure value for money is attained in public procurements.
“I call upon all 500 institutions to register with this system as soon as possible… and suppliers should also be educated on how the new system works,” Dr Kijaji directed. She explained that since 75 per cent of the government budget goes to procurement, it is necessary to embrace the technology. PPRA System Administrator Giftness David said the new system is being piloted, with 100 public entities already picked for the purpose.
The selected procuring entities are those on procurement of common use items, medicines and medical supplies. The system is now open for registration by suppliers of goods and services, especially those interested in framework agreements.
She said so far 400 suppliers of goods and services to the government have been registered countrywide after being educated on the system.
She said during the ongoing trade fair, the authority has registered at least ten suppliers to use the system. She said the TANePS improves the tender process from its preparations, announcement to the procuring stage.
TANePS replaces the traditional system that requires institutions to announce tenders in newspapers, with suppliers going physically to the procuring entity to apply for the tender.