Public Procurement Act requires complementary systems: PM

For government to maximise the impact of the procurement system, training in procurement management must go together with strong monitoring systems and enforcement measures to ensure accountability and transparency, Prime Minister SaaraKuugongelwa-Amadhila said.

Speaking during a workshop on the implementation of the Public Procurement Act of 2015 here on Monday, the prime minister said government's aim should be to promote, facilitate and strengthen measures to implement growth at home, empowerment and industrialisation policies.

This also 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.

Kuugongwela-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 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 would assess the extent to which the Public Procurement Policy Unit has performed its role in monitoring compliance with the Public Procurement Act by public entities.

On his part, Minister of Finance, CalleSchlettwein 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 constraint experienced and new opportunities for improvement, within the overall framework of the Procurement Act,' the finance minister said.

He said this would be achieved through a comprehensive assessment of the strengths, weaknesses and opportunities experienced since the commencement of the new law.

Source: Namibia Press Agency