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Kenya Launches Online eProcurement System

The Kenyan government reportedly has launched an online system for submitting and evaluating procurement applications as it looking to become more efficient. The government’s goal also is to weed our corruption while also speeding up the procurement process.

The “Integrated Financial Management Information System” gives applicants clear instructions and guidelines on how to apply for procurement from government,reports ITWebAfrica.com, which said officials expected the system to reduce government spending by replacing a manual system and with a digital one, which should reduce long queues and processes that take time.

“Over the years, we have heard complaints from Kenyans that the government is being overcharged for goods and services that it purchases,” Kenya President Uhuru Kenyatta said during the launch of the system in Nairobi, as reported by the news source. “By introducing transparency and accountability through eProcurement, we expect to eliminate the abuse of our procurement system.”

Besides the online system, Kenyatta said the National Treasury is establishing a digital payment system that would accept payments to the government.

Converting paper-based procurement methods with electronic ones is an international trend. The European Parliament, for example,voted recently to approve the regulation of electronic identification and trust services for electronic transactions. The European Commission earlier this year had proposed new rules to enable cross-border and secure electronic transactions in Europe.

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