Monday, March 4, 2024

Deadline Set: Government Warns Institutions Without E-Government Procurement Systems

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Patrick Kangwa, the Secretary to the Cabinet, issued a stern warning on Wednesday, stating that government institutions failing to implement Electronic Government Procurement (E-GPS) by the end of this year will be barred from conducting procurement meetings in the coming year.

Speaking at the Integrity Committee Chief Executive Officers Forum in Lusaka, Mr. Kangwa stressed that government entities must have E-GPS in place by December 31, 2023. He emphasized the significance of E-GPS as a centralized platform for managing public procurement, promoting fair competition, mitigating corruption risks in the procurement process, and ensuring optimal value for public funds.

The move towards E-GPS aligns with the government’s commitment to modernizing procurement processes, enhancing transparency, and fostering efficiency in public procurement. The electronic system streamlines the entire procurement lifecycle, from requisition to contract management, making the process more accountable and traceable.

Mr. Kangwa underscored that the implementation of E-GPS is crucial for promoting accountability and reducing the potential for corruption in public procurement. By enforcing this deadline, the government aims to accelerate the adoption of technology in governance, ultimately contributing to a more transparent and efficient public sector.

In addition to the directive on E-GPS implementation, Mr. Kangwa called upon controlling officers in various ministries to allocate increased funding to integrity committees. This financial support is essential for the effective functioning of integrity committees, which play a pivotal role in upholding ethical standards and ensuring compliance with anti-corruption measures within government institutions.

The announcement by the Secretary to the Cabinet signals a proactive step towards advancing digital transformation in public procurement processes, aligning with global trends in leveraging technology for enhanced governance and accountability. Government entities are now under increased pressure to expedite the adoption of E-GPS to meet the stipulated deadline and contribute to the broader goal of a more technologically advanced and transparent public sector.

10 COMMENTS

  1. We want intergrity at state house. Those boys ( so called Presidential advisors must be people of integrity. The calibre we have now leaves a lot to be desired. Who plotted for the firing of the former IG ( Lemmy)?
    Too much going on with character assasinations for personal gain.

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  2. Dollar yafika 25 kwacha. Hh ni eeembwa.

    A woman in Lusaka has been arrested for selling her child to another woman because of tough economic situation prevailing in the country. Never in history of zambia have we seen things get this bad. Ironically a person who claims to be an educated economist is running our country. Evidence that we have educates f00Is and liars in society

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    • The pounding that John Mwangwi gave you at Spice Night Club in Kenya is one for the record books. He did not even use any protection and lube and you argued after that. Other patrons heard you complaining to John “it was nice but it was painful”.

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  3. All of pf zealots are are ashamed because the New Deal government is leaving to it’s promises.
    No more Ukulya mwibala.

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