A total of 1,958 suppliers of goods and services from five regions have registered with the Tanzania National Electronic Procurement System (TANePS) following the government directive issued to suppliers to register with the system so as to increase transparency in public procurement.
Speaking at the 43rd Dar es Salaam International Trade Fair, the Public Procurement Regulatory Authority (PPRA) Acting Director of Information Systems, Bernard Ntelya, said that the response by a total of 1,958 suppliers who registered since the system was introduced mid-last year was an indication that the message was sinking, than anyone who wants to do business with the government must register with the system.
Ntelya described the number recorded in the five regions as very good, attributing the response to training sessions provided by the regulator before and during the piloting stage of TANePS.
Suppliers of common use items and services under framework agreements (FWAs) managed by the Government Procurement Services Agency (GPSA), were informed through respective tender advertisements that mini-competition (under FWAs) would be carried out through TANePS. The full public procurement processes 2,240 tenders by 27 procuring entities having been conducted through TANePS.
“As we proceed with training sessions and registration of suppliers, we are pleased by the response observed in the five regions covered so far, inlisting the ]n tettinar es Salaam, Dodoma, Mwanza, Arusha and Mbeya whereby 1,918 suppliers are now using TANePS to seek tender opportunities,” Ntelya said.
“The system would increase efficiency and transparency in public procurement whereby 70 annual procurement plans have submitted to the system,” he stated.
Staff from 83 procuring entities are the beneficiaries of the training sessions.
In July 2018, the government directed suppliers of goods and services to make sure they register with the Tanzania National Electronic Procurement System (TANePS) soonest otherwise they will miss out on tender opportunities.
The directive was issued by the Finance and Planning Minister, Dr Philip Mpango, who said it was imperative for suppliers to complete the formality soonest as use of the system would inject efficiency and transparency in public procurement.
Dr. Mpango also directed the Public Procurement Regulatory Authority (PPRA) to set deadline for the exercise, noting that it should be made clear that suppliers who fail to register will also fail in accessing opportunities in public procurement.
Earlier, Christopher Mwakibinga who was representing the Chief Executive Officer said that TANePS is a web-based, collaborative system, developed in accordance with the requirement of public procurement laws, to facilitate public procurement processes in Tanzania.
“The system offers a secure, interactive, dynamic environment for carrying out procurement of all categories, complexity or value,” Mwakibinga said.
TANePS was officially launched June 2018 and following its launching, suppliers, especially those with Framework Agreements by GPSA were invited to register their businesses in the system so that they can participate in public procurement tenders.