THE government has been commended for establishment of Public Procurement Regulatory Authority (PPRA) and the Government Procurement Services Agency (GPSA), which have together helped in ensuring adherence to standards.
The Director of Sales at Computer Connections Limited, Ms Umi Punja, showered the praises in Dar es Salaam over the weekend, saying that lack of the two would have led to increased supply of inferior electronic equipment in public offices.
She was presenting the "Partner of the Year 2013 Award" extended to her company by the multinational company, Dell, during a recent convention in Paris, France. The company, Dell's agent in Tanzania, has won the prize for the first time and managed to be among three African countries that won the same.
Others are South Africa and Mozambique. "Had it not been for the role played by PPRA and GPSA our company would not be the leading computer distributer in the country with a 60 per cent market share since our equipment are expensive compared to most of our competitors," she said.
Ms Punja noted further that Dell has been an ideal brand for most public offices due to the fact that the government has through the agencies in question emphasized quality.
She added that availability of parts was also in abundant making equipment maintenance easier, urging customers to consider such criteria while making purchasing decisions.
Reading the message from the Dell Chief Executive Officer, Mr Michael Dell, Ms Punja said that Dell looks at Africa as a potential emerging market. "Mr Dell said that they are looking forward to come up with new technologies that will be dedicated for Africa putting in consideration the fact that Africa is now an emerging market for electronic devices," she said.
GPSA was established under the Executive Agency Act CAP 245 R.E 2009 and came into effect through Government Notice (GN). No. 235 of 7th December 2007 and its amendments through Government Notice No.133 of 13th, April, 2012; The official inauguration of the agency took place on 16th June 2008.
GPSA is mandated to ensure availability of adequate and quality procurement services to the government and non government institutions as stipulated in the Public Procurement Act Cap 410.
Whereas, PPRA is a regulatory body established under the same (Act CAP 410). The authority is charged with regulatory functions and vested with oversight powers and responsibilities on all public procurement activities carried by all public bodies in mainland Tanzania.