17 Sep 2013 12:20
WINDHOEK, 17 SEP (NAMPA) - The Ministry of Finance aims to introduce e-procurement as a means of simplified, easily accessible and transparent procurement.
Minister of Finance Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila made the announcement when she introduced the Public Procurement Bill in Parliament on Tuesday for consideration and approval.
The Bill will, amongst others, empower the line minister to make regulations on the adoption of e-procurement for different stages and methods of procurement.
These procedures specified in this Act (Bill) are deemed to be modified for substituting written communication by e-communication in the manner that improves competition, efficiency and transparency without affecting the sanctity, security and recording of such communication and the information contained therein, she said.
Kuugongelwa-Amadhila explained that the Bill is designed to provide the legal framework for in-depth reforms to the public procurement system, which is essential to implement Government's programmes in a manner to achieve value for money with higher level of effectiveness.
Through the Bill, Government intends to develop and establish a dedicated professional cadre to handle public procurement activities. Programmes will also be run to train bidders and potential bidders who wish to do business with Government, including potential beneficiaries of Government initiatives which are intended to promote socially-disadvantaged groups.
The minister indicated that the Bill has been drafted with the objective of ensuring competition, transparency, probity, quality, efficiency and economy in public procurement.
Above all, it allows the use of public procurement as a strategic tool to achieve socio-economic objectives and to promote the growth of small and medium-sized enterprises, as well as socially disadvantaged groups, she stated.
The Bill will not only empower the institutions, but also people who are going to manage the system.