Electronic Government Procurement to end in transparency, alleviate corruption
The government has been making various efforts and preparing regulations to modernize the country’s public procurement system. Accordingly, it is set to introduce an Electronic Government Procurement (EGP) system which is believed to end in transparency and efficiency and close door on corruption, said stakeholders.
Various studies indicate that public procurement constitutes 60-70 percent of the public expenditure in Ethiopia. Policies and procedures are put in place to increase the effectiveness of the procurement process. The implementation of EGP system increases operational efficiency, transparency, competition among bidders and enables institutions to become effective through computerization of manual processes, Tsegaye Abebe, Procurement Coordinator and Training Advisor with Public Procurement and Property Administration Agency told The Ethiopian Herald. One of the significant benefits of electronic procurement is that by avoiding private dealings in public procurement processes, it reduces opportunities that invite corruption, he added. “By creating access for buyers and bidders regardless of distance, the system eliminates time barriers. It also simplifies taxation processes.”