Corruption, disintegration and unethical tendencies in the procurement process were the major elements highlighted at the recently held National Conference on Procurement and Supply Chain (NCPSC).
At a three-day workshop held in Otjiwarongo in the Otjozondjupa Region, conducted by the Centre for Training and Development (CTPD) on the procurement and supply chain, key speakers and delegates from the different line ministries, deputy directors and private sectors discussed and addressed the matters at hand that hamper productivity in the sector.
One of the major topics covered at the conference is the much controversial tender procedures where the recurring issue of corruption and unfair tender practises have emerged.
“Corruption is rife in the procurement and tendering sectors,” noted conference director, Frederick Simpungwe.
Simpungwe highlighted the procurement and supply sector as a necessity and that Government needs to set up some form of organisation that would influence policies and workshops on the sector.
“The public procurement is vital and it is driven by the fact that it is a vehicle from which the financial budget is moulded,” he reiterated.
The public and private organisations involved in purchasing or other supply chain-related activities were urged to act and be seen to act with integrity and professionalism.
“With the interactive conference, the public and private sectors showed solidarity in terms of efficiency in the procurement debate and shared experiences in the field of procurement,” stated Simpungwa.
The conference also paved the way for discussions and challenges and how the systems are not well integrated, which is one of the reasons that hampers productivity.
Other key speakers at the conference enforced the need to work towards the eradication of corruption within procurements and to support sustainable economic growth through job creation, empowerment and development of neglected sectors.
Although the conference was a success, Simpungwa expressed his dismay at the Otjozondjupa Region for not providing any representative to the conference from either the private or public sector.
Closing the conference was the Otjiwarongo deputy mayor, Archillaus Namaseb, who was present for the awarding of certificates. He thanked CTPD for its efforts to put out a conference to discuss and possibly give recommendations for better functionality in the procurement and supply chain. He also promised to have representatives from the region in any of the upcoming events.