MINISTER BANYENZAKI WANTS PROCUREMENT PERIOD TO BE REDUCED

The State Minister for Finance in charge of Planning, Mr David Bahati, is pushing for procurement reforms that will see the procurement period for government projects reduced from one-and-ahalf years to five months. The minister said the prolonged procurement process is impacting negatively on government projects.

Speaking during the 4th annual dinner of Institute of Procurement Professionals of Uganda) held at the weekend in Kampala, Bahati said it would be better to have a cap of four to five months for a procurement process to be completed so that projects can get started instead of getting delayed by the lengthy procurement process.

Acting dean, School of Management Science Uganda Management Institute, Dr Gerald Kagambirew Karyeija, said the procurement reform in Uganda is being driven by the World Bank, not government or professionals.