7th September 2016, The anti corruption journey goes on: Rwanda introduces e-procurement The Government of Rwanda has undertaken a number of Anti corruption measures and these coupled with immense political will and public support that have led to low corruption. Different laws, institutions and national anti corruption policy were adopted in order of curbing corruption. The policy stipulates strengthening public financial management by enhancing transparency and accountability in public financial management by limiting physical personal contacts. It is in that regard that Ministry of Finance and Rwanda Public Procurement Authority are introducing for the first time in Rwanda an e-Procurement System.
The e-procurement system is on pilot stage which will run the system in 8 institutions Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning, Ministry of Infrastructure, Ministry of Health, Rwanda Development Board ,Rwanda Transport Development Agency, Rwanda Biomedical Center and Gasabo and Kicukiro District. The phase will last 9 months where all procurement related processes will be done using this system.After successful pilot, the system will be launched further to all procuring entities in Rwanda.
“The e-Procurement will improve public procurement in curbing corruption by reducing physical contacts between bidders and officials in charge of tenders. It will also improve transparency. "said Augustus Seminega, Director General of Rwanda Public Procurement Authority. Seminega added that e-Procurement would lead to efficiency whereby it will be easy to access sufficient information on products and suppliers.
After its introduction, all the procedures included in government procurement will be conducted online. The e-Procurement system will enhance the transparency and efficiency of public procurement by building a single channel for all procurement contracts.