African countries have been urged to secure their procurement systems if they are to save sums of money from being lost.
It has been identified that many African countries are defined with weak procurement systems that only permit loses.
Speaking at the two day 9th East African Procurement regional procurement forum that ended yesterday in Kigali, public procurement, financial experts and respective ministers said were urged to create donor confidence by rectifying their weakened procurement systems.
Under the theme “Promoting Procurement Practices that deliver better results in Public Procurement” experts from the region believe that strengthening and improving procurement would ensure better managerial practices that increase donor confidence.
Improved procurement systems would be seen in reliable service delivery, economic growth and other social-economic aspects.
Rwanda’s minister of Finance and Economic Planning, Clever Gatete, urged African governments to increase accountability, and be transparent enough to ensure efficiency in public financial management.
“Public funds should be spent transparently and judiciously so that there is better delivery of related services,” he said.
Procurement representatives from 6 East Africa Community countries noted that weak systems are the cause of corruption and money loses. The called for the use of cutting edge technology that can better improve accountability and therefore procurement.
At the conference were representatives from Uganda, , Kenya, Tanzania, South Sudan, Burundi and Rwanda.