Botswana’s Public Procurement and Asset Disposal Board (PPADB) has bemoaned the low level of adherence to procurement plans by procuring entities, resulting in project implementation delays.
“Delays in initiation of procurement by procuring entities, evaluation of tenders, and contracting remain a concern as it discredit the procurement system,” said Elijah Motshedi, Acting Executive Chairperson of PPADB on Monday in Gaborone.
He said the development has also led to poor scoping and specifications while retroactive requests continue unabated.
Motshedi said transparency, proper procurement planning, adherence to plans, and competitive bidding will go a long way in improving public confidence in tenders and reducing corruption perception.
PPADB wants the country to pay closer attention to compliance on sustainable public procurement regulations, use of open domestic bidding as the default method of procurement, successful completion of projects within time, scope, budget and quality to ensure value for money procurement.
Meanwhile PPADB is optimistic that it is poised to become a high performing organization that will more effectively facilitate value for money procurement for Botswana to realize its development goals. Enditem