By Yolanda Moyo
VICE President General Retired Constantino Chiwenga has launched the Public Procurement Services Centres at Nkulumane post office in Bulawayo as government seeks to achieve an efficient, fair, transparent and competitive public procurement system in Zimbabwe.
With devolution being one of the key pillars to achieving a prosperous and empowered upper middle income society by 2030, the Second Republic continues to avail the necessary framework for Zimbabweans to participate in the development matrix of the country to ensure that no one and place is left behind.
This was the message by Vice President General Rtd, Dr Constantino Chiwenga this Friday when he officially opened the Public Procurement Service Centers which are a result of a partnership between the Procurement Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe (PRAZ) and Zimpost.
“The Public Procurement Service Centres, therefore will provide bidders with access to services for registration as suppliers for public entities. Thereafter, it provides an opportunity for bidders to participate in the country’s wide bidding process, both at the local and national levels. This is part of devolving and empowering previously marginalised communities to ensure that no one is left behind in our development process. It is pleasing to note that another government agency, the Procurement Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe has decided to promote supplier registration, using the community information centres infrastructure, he said.
The collaboration will see bidders using the community information centres to register and renew their operations with PRAZ while also facilitating submission of tender documents throughout 236 Post Offices, 146 community information centres and 35 village information centres across the country.
“A key objective of public procurement is to achieve an efficient and transparent system which enables government to receive value for money in the acquisition of goods and services. It is now widely accepted that the benefits of competition and transparency are immense for the economy and society at large. Public procurement is a vehicle to achieve social goals and sustainable economic development. In that vein it can be used to empower previously disenfranchised populations in pursuit of equitable and inclusive sustainable development,” he added.
Small to medium enterprises were urged to participate in public procurement as the process will foster innovation.
Meanwhile, the Vice President donated laptops to Mabhukudwane Primary School as government continues to avail digital technology to schools in line with the government’s e- learning drive which seeks to bridge the digital divide in the country.