Website for govt procurement body

December 23, 2008
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, NAIROBI, Kenya, Dec 23 – The Public Procurement Oversight Authority (PPOA) has launched a website on which all government tenders in various ministries will be advertised.

PPOA Information and Communication Technology Manager Jerome Ochieng said on Tuesday that other than saving procurement time, the website is aimed to improve service delivery.

“We are able to categorise the various services. For example, if you are interested in tendering for ICT equipment, you can do a search,” Mr Ochieng told Capital Business in an interview.

“We have all sorts of categories, for consultancy, roads and other forms of consultancies,” he further outlined.

Speaking at the same time, the PPOA’s Appeal’s Board Chairman Mwaniki Gachoka announced plans by the authority to decentralize the board in an effort to improve service delivery.

Mr Gachoka said the Board will hear all complaints arising from procument procedures.

“We are supposed to hear appeals emanating from all procuring entities based all over the country,” he said. “At the moment we are just based in Nairobi.”

The Public Procurement Oversight Authority was established under the Public Procurement and Disposal Act of 2005, in line with international best practice, to oversee public procurement in the country.

Consisting of an Oversight Advisory Board and Administrative Review Board with 10 and nine members respectively, PPOA is charged with streamlining and supervising all aspects of procurement in Kenya.

The Advisory Board is tasked with advising PPOA on exercising its powers and functions, approving the body’s budget and recommending the appointment of the Director General.

The Review Board on the other hand is responsible for hearing complaints filed by aggrieved bidders. It is the new look Public Procurement Complaints Review and Appeals Board.

Public Procurement covers all government entities including government ministries, local authorities, state corporations, universities, tertiary institutions and other government agencies.

The oversight authority has a rigid mandate to ensure that all public procurement procedures are adhered to, monitor the public procurement system, report on overall functioning to the Minister in charge and make recommendations for improvement.

As a way of building efficiency, PPOA concentrates on building the capacity of professionals engaged in the procurement exercise, through training.

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