Tanzania: Contractors Told to Shun Corruption

CONTRACTORS in the country have been advised to report to the Prevention and Combating Corruption Bureau (PCCB) officials, who solicit corruption to favour them during the tendering process.

This was said over the weekend in Mwanza by the Contractors Registration Board (CRB), Chairperson, Eng. Consolata Ngimbwa when closing the three days financial management training for local contractors.

The training also covered taxations and compliance, risk management, elements of financial statements and the importance of using the electronic system in procurement (Tanzania National e-Procurement System (TANePS).

Eng. Ngimbwa said contractors should not entertain corruption practices by receiving or giving them to the tender board officials adding that if they decide to adhere to professionalism and ethics corruption will be a history in the construction industry.

"If we agree to end this malpractice I am sure we will change and improve this sector so you must change from now because if you entertain corruption you will kill your profession and that corruption cannot help you to grow," said Eng Ngimbwa.

In another move, Eng Ngimbwa urged local contractors to form one strong association which will have one voice to speak to the government and other forums about their challenges in the construction industry.

"You all remember that I have been speaking about this regularly. Some of you who attended previous annual consultative meeting know how I have been insisting about this, you have much association which can't help you, come to gather and have one strong association" she said.

On his side, (CRB) Assistant Registrar (Research and Development Eng David Jere, said the training were attended by 92 contractors from different classes.

He said the training on financial management intends to help local contractors to be aware of how to manage their revenues and balance sheet.

Eng. Jere said participants of the training have learnt taxation issues especially on the best way they can preserve records to avoid unnecessary tax interest and fines from Tanzania Revenues Authority (TRA).

He said the training is continuous and will be conducted recently in the regions of Iringa, Dar es Salaam and Dodoma.

According to Eng. Jere in October this year CRB will conduct training on business management skills in Iringa, December in Dar es Salaam on contracts management and in January 2022 there would be training about construction pre contract practices in Dodoma.

He said the training about contract management will be held in January February 2020 in Dodoma and Joint Ventures in Dodoma in March 2022.

He said the training intends to build capacity so that they can compete in a big construction project which currently is dominated by foreign companies.

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