Public Procurement Reform

Public Procurement Reform

Government has taken a deliberate move to reform the State Procurement Board (SPB) as part of the Ease of Doing Business reforms. The reform was necessitated by the need to address the inadequacies of the current Procurement Act (Chapter 22:14) of 1999, to effectively regulate public procurement given the dynamic socio-economic environment.

Government recognizes that public procurement is an indispensable economic activity for good governance, financial management and sustainable development. The review of the Procurement Act [Chapter 22: 14] was necessitated by the recognition that the piece of legislation was antiquated and was no longer in sync with the current dictates of modern procurement systems both regionally and internationally. It is meant to ensure that the legislation meets the current needs, demands of the general citizenry and standards obtaining at the international level.

What is Public Procurement?

Public procurement is the manner in which the State through its Ministries, Departments, Parastatals, Local Authorities and other Government Agencies obtain by various means such as purchase, loan, transfer or hire of supplies or services to provide public service with or without consideration.

 

 

Why does Public Procurement Concern Everyone?

 

Efficient and integrity in public procurement is essential   to ensure sound public service delivery and maintains citizens’ trust in Government. The procurement process must therefore be cost-effective, fair, transparent and effective.

 

What is the public procurement reform going to achieve?

 

 

 

What is the basis of public procurement reforms?

Section 315 of the Constitution of Zimbabwe provides for a need of an Act of Parliament prescribing procedures for the procurement of goods and services by the State and all institutions of the Government in a manner that is transparent, fair, honest, cost effective and competitive and providing for negotiations of joint ventures and public private partnerships in a transparent, honest, cost effective and competitive manner.

 

  What are the principles of the Procurement Bill?

 

 

What is the history of public procurement in Zimbabwe?

 

Milestones Achieved to date on Public Procurement

  • A Draft Bill was developed after consultations with Central Government, Parastatals, Private Sector, Civic Society and Parliament were conducted;
  • The Principles of the Bill were presented and approved by Cabinet in December 2015;
  • The Draft Bill is now with the Legal Drafting Division of the Attorney General after which it shall start the process of Parliament deliberations.
  • A new State Procurement Board was appointed on the 1st of November 2015 to facilitate smooth transition to the new order; and
  • Procurement Regulations were also amended to enhance accountability and responsibility in public procurement decision making, where Accounting Officers now award tenders subject to the State Procurement Board issuing a No-Objection.

The reform will culminate in the establishment of an e-Procurement system. An e- Procurement Readiness Assessment was therefore conducted in mid 2015 targeting Government, Private Sector, State Enterprises and Parastatals as well as Local Authorities.

 

Conclusion

Government will continue to reform and modernize the public sector in order to improve its performance and deliver quality services to the citizens of Zimbabwe.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Address

OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT AND CABINET

PUBLIC SECTOR MODERNISATION AND PERFORMANCE MANAGEMENT DEPARTMENT

12TH -13TH Floor

48 Samora Machel Avenue

Harare, Zimbabwe

Telephone:     General Lines +263 4 707993/707858

                        Direct Lines +263 4 706845/797271/764541

 

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