Public Procurement Act requires complementary systems: PM

15 Jul 2019 16:10pm
WINDHOEK, 15 JUL (NAMPA) – For government to maximise the impact of the procurement system, training in procurement management should be complemented by robust monitoring systems and enforcement measures so that accountability and transparency can be ensured, Prime Minister Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila has said.
Speaking during a workshop on the implementation of the Public Procurement Act 15 of 2015 here on Monday, she said government’s aim should be to promote, facilitate and strengthen measures to implement growth at home, empowerment and industrialisation policies.
This, she said, includes the empowerment of SMEs, women and youth by creating economic opportunities for them and enhancing their participation in the mainstream economy.
The one-day workshop was held for ministers, deputy ministers and executive directors from all offices and ministries.
Kuugongelwa-Amadhila said strengthening the capacity at all levels of institutions is needed to make progress in the implementation of the law.
“Public funding and entrepreneurial support programmes provided by public institutions should be streamlined with efforts made under the public procurement system to support the development of local enterprises,” she said.
The PM noted that the law was reformed to harmonise public procurement policies, systems and practices, and strengthen measures to better leverage the strategic importance of public procurement in achieving government socio-economic objectives.
She further indicated that the workshop was also planned to assess the extent to which the Public Procurement Policy Unit has performed its role in monitoring public entities’ compliance with the Act.
On his part, Minister of Finance Calle Schlettwein explained that the workshop emanates from a Cabinet decision to have a comprehensive assessment and make specific recommendations to address the constraints experienced in the implementation of the Act.
“The primary objective of this workshop is for the executive to provide recommendations and policy guidance on the specific areas of constraints experienced and new opportunities for improvement, within the overall framework of the Procurement Act,” he said.