Unclear policies hold back adoption of e-procurement in Uganda

November 29, 2012  |  Adoption, Africa, E-procurement

Uganda and corruption are no strangers to each other, according to Transparency International. The landlocked country in East Africa is rated at 2.4 on a scale from 0 (perceived as corrupt) to 10 (perceived as clean). We would classify that as problematic. E-procurement would be a great way to cut down corruption in Uganda, but a lack of clear policies is hindering the use of e-procurement in the country. This is at least what Paddy Wanzala, a procurement expert, said during a workshop for procurement professionals in Uganda’s capital.

Need for clear policies and a budget

Wanzala pointed out that since most products in Uganda are imported, international procurement is part and parcel of the industry, yet many professionals have not yet grasped how it operates. He believes that for e-procurement to be a success clear policies need to be established for implementation of the practice. “An e-procurement system must be an integral part of any organisation’s supply chain and corporate strategy to enable it to sustain its competitive advantage,” he noted. Steven Ariko, a procurement officer, added that many Ugandan companies do not have the budget to implement an e-procurement system.

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