Capital Ethiopia Newspaper

Procurement seen as way to reduce poverty, corruption

The capital budget for 2012/13 is 54.4 billion birr, with a substantial part to be spent on acquiring goods and services by a procurement and tendering process.
The Ethiopian Civil Service University (ECSU) held the first of a series of joint workshops with the Federal Public Procurement Agency (FPPA) of the FDRE on the topic of public procurement in Ethiopia and its challenges and solutions on Monday, July 2, 2012. The workshop focused on topics such as public service ethics and corruption, public procurement in regional perspectives as well as current procurement practice and challenges in Ethiopia.
The series of workshops attempted to highlight, examine and review the policies, legal and non-legal frameworks as well as administrative challenges of procurement and asset management in Ethiopia at federal and regional levels, while identifying the current implementation mechanisms and processes. The workshop was brought together by academicians, the agency’s staff, representatives of donor agencies and representatives of the private sectors.
“Public procurement cuts across nearly all sectors of governmental programs and investment projects. It is also known for consuming nearly 70 percent of the public budget and so it deserves great attention,” stated Tsegaye Abebe, Director General of the Public Procurement and Administrative Agency.
It was stated at the workshop that if procurement is managed poorly it could undermine the socio-economic policies and poverty reduction programs of the country. It was also said that the department of procurement studies at the Ethiopian Civil Service University will also contribute a lot in bridging the capacity gap that Ethiopia is currently facing in areas related to procurement.
In a closing remark it was stated that if we alleviate poverty, the grass root cause of corruption, could nosedive. It was further noted that behind the curtain of corruption lurks a mischief in top public procurement. The significance of ideas cross-pollinating workshop that throws light on the major procurement challenges manifested at different regional states and organizations as well as how to go about it.