NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenya will host a regional annual East
Africa procurement forum next week in Nairobi to discuss
the current reforms, trends and developments in the
public procurement systems, organizers said on
three-day event, which runs from Nov. 28 brings together
about 300 participants from the public and private
sectors, professional bodies, civil society and training
institutions, among others from Burundi, Rwanda, Uganda,
Tanzania and Kenya.
director general of Public Procurement Regulatory
Authority (PPRA), said the overall objective of the
forum being providing a platform on which stakeholders
will deliberate on issues aimed at strengthening
integrity, transparency and accountability in national
procurement systems within the East Africa Community (EAC)
is expected to come up with resolutions to be
implemented by partner states to strengthen integrity
and accountability in national procurement systems
within the EAC region,” he said in a statement issued in
the delegates intend to root for the usage of
information technology to address corruption in the
He said the
main goals of the forum include highlighting the key
issues affecting the transformation and modernization of
the public procurement systems; forging a common front
among EAC member states on the value of public
procurement for the promotion of good governance; and
professionalization of procurement practice through
comes at a time Kenya has amended the law twice to
conform to the trends of the times and largely to as
well create employment opportunities for her citizens,
notably the youth and women.
government says its committed and has already put
structures in place that ensure new spending through
small and medium enterprise suppliers with an intent to
widen public sector procurement to include SMEs.
ambition is that at least 30 percent of spend on
government procurement flows to SMEs directly in the
supply chain as this would complement the strategy of
youth and women employment in the country,” Juma said.
The forum is
convened on a rotational basis by the public procurement
regulatory institutions within the EAC partner states.
inception in 2008, the forum has provided a vital
framework for information and experience sharing amongst
the participants drawn from the procurement and supply
chain management policy makers, regulators, and
practitioners in public and private sector.
through the PPRA, is hosting the event for the third
time, having done so in 2009 and 2014.