Rwanda’s public procurement system can be considered to be globally sound and adequate for its use in Bank-funded operations, however for specific procurement transactions or groups of similar transactions under a Bank-funded project, the decision will depend on the sector market analysis, project and executing agency risk analysis, African Development Bank (AfDB) reveals.
During the validation workshop on the Bank Procurement Assessment Report (BPAR), Frank Mvula, the Procurement Division Manager from African Development Bank (AfDB), and one of members of the team that conducted the assessment report, said the objective of the workshop seeks to outline the findings on the current status of the public procurement system in Rwanda for a more efficient procurement service delivery.
He said, “The workshop will partly help us to validate the findings of the assessment and take them forward in order to start the implementation of the decisions taken from for a more efficient procurement procedure by using country systems”
The assessment was conducted by a team from AfDB, in collaboration with RPPA and the assessment involved consultations with various stakeholders in public procurement sector where development partners, Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), Transparency International, National Council for Construction and Private Sector Organizations were all consulted for credible findings.
In October 2015, AfDB adopted the policy framework which came into force in January 2016, putting emphasis on the use of country systems to undertake an assessment that establishes the status of the public procurement and make decisions as to whether the done financial programs can use the country systems.
The Bank has long been looking to enhance procurement systems of the Regional Member Countries (RMC) for them to obtain optimal value for money based on mutually supporting principles of economy, efficiency, effectiveness and equity, through the use of processes and procedures that are competitive, fair and transparent.
Augustus Seminega, the Director General of Rwanda Public Procurement Authority [RPPA] said the findings of the study will help to plot procurement procedure with transparency and efficiency.
He said as far as the procuring entities performances are concerned, the performance is good but there certain challenges that procurement is still facing where the responsible body [RPPA] experienced delays in awarding tenders, in executing contracts, and sometime the quality of the works that has been produced so far has not been satisfactory.
However, in order to put in place mechanisms to improve the performances, Seminega insists, “This study certainly is going to help us achieve in our procurement policy implementation for a dynamic procurement procedures through country systems where the government benefits from the fast and efficient procurement procedures where the period of time taken to procure some services will reduce leading to the efficiency of the government’s acquisitions of goods and services”
“We will also be able to identify a number of gaps made so far and recommends mechanisms to address such gaps. But we need to be happy that time and papers have been saved for an effective procurement process, and there is even more security for the data and transparency for the bid approvals from the consultants,” he added.
It is expected that the policy framework will contribute to increasing the performance of Bank’s operations using efficient procurement methods and procedures, adapted to the bank’s Regional Member Countries’ capacities and development objectives, and which comply with the Bank’s fiduciary standards.
The results of the assessment will further support implementation of Rwanda’s Country Strategy Paper (CSP) objectives for the period 2017-2021. Rwanda’s CSP aims at accelerating economic transformation process, thereby boosting inclusive private sector-led growth and creating higher value-added formal wage employment.
AfDB also consulted with the community of donors active in the Country in order to ensure effective and efficient coordination of technical and financial assistance while the report has also been reviewed and the findings validated by the RPPA and the results of the mission have been discussed internally within the Bank and the final report shared with the Government.
The report is expected to be finalized before the end of this year, immediately after the final consultation with the government with the decisions to be due.
The law establishing the procurement body has contributed in building up the knowledge and competence for procurement practitioners and manage the discipline of procurement professionals in bid to avoid corruption and related unprofessional behaviors among people who work in public procurement sector.
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