The Fourth East African Procurement Forum
The East Africa Public Procurement Forum is a meeting which gathers each year, since 2008, more or less 200 participants from Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda. Participants come from Public Sector, Private Sector, Professional Organizations, Civil Society and Training Institutions. The objective of the forum is to serve as a framework that helps participants learn and benchmark with each other on their respective public procurement systems including policies and enforcement measures.
The idea of regular East Africa Public Procurement Forum was born at the first meeting held in Kampala, Munyonyo Speke Resort Hotel in 2008 at the conclusion of a three days workshop organized jointly by the World Bank and the Public Procurement and Disposal of Public Assets Authority of Uganda (PPDA) under the theme: “Enhancing the effectiveness of public procurement systems” trough benchmark with each other in East African Community.The second Forum was held in Nairobi, Kenya under the theme: “Transforming public procurement in East Africa”. It was prepared and organized by Public Procurement Oversight Authority (PPOA) in 2009.
The Third Forum was hosted in 2010 by Tanzania under the organization of Public Procurement Regulatory Authority (PPRA) of Tanzania and under the theme: “Looking beyond compliance – Promoting better procurement outcomes”.
The forth East Africa Procurement Forum will be hosted by Rwanda and organized by the Rwanda Public Procurement Authority (RPPA) in November 2011 under the theme: “Improving the Efficiency of the Public Procurement in the East African Community for Economic Growth”.
This theme has been chosen as a recognition of the importance of public procurement in the economies of our countries. For example, in Rwanda, public procurement is estimated at 13% of GDP and 40% of public expenditure. In fact, when you do not consider salaries, public procurement accounts for over 66% of public expenditure which could even be higher if you further do not consider public debt repayment.
The methodology for the 2011 EAPF is aimed at increasing interaction between different actors in public procurement in the East African Community and to give them an opportunity to communicate their concerns to people whom they think can provide solutions to them.