Posted at 10th May 2017
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BUSE: ECONOMICS DEPARTMENT HOLDS PROCUREMENT WORKSHOP

Bindura University of Science Education (BUSE) Department of Economics successfully conducted a workshop on Public Sector Procurement Law Reform as part of their extension services from the 23rd to the 24th February 2017, at the Meikles Hotel in Harare.

ECONOMICS DEPARTMENT HOLDS A SUCCESSFUL PROCUREMENT WORKSHOP

The workshop coordinator and BUSE Lecturer, Mr Cliff Gondo said the workshop was a response to the current “capacity gap” that had arisen amongst public sector procurement officers as a result of the impending changes in public procurement laws.

The need came following the finalisation of the Public Sector Procurement Reformation processes by the Office of the President and Cabinet. The Amended Public Procurement Act Draft Bill is now out and awaiting ascension by His Excellency, the President of the Republic of Zimbabwe, Cde R.G Mugabe.

The Economics Department with the assistance of Dr Paradzai Garufu (Phd Law), then studied the Draft Bill and designed a tailor-made workshop on Public Sector Procurement which they were convinced would give participants a heads-up.

In his address to the participants, the Executive Dean in the Faculty of Commerce, Professor Blessing Maumbe commended the Economics Department for putting into action the Faculty’s Strategic Plan.

Prof. Maumbe also thanked the twenty four participants for attending given the prevailing economic environment, and encouraged them to continue pursuing more knowledge about the new Act. He assured them that BUSE would remain ready to provide the knowledge and training necessary to develop procurement skills in Zimbabwe.

Public procurement has for long, been overshadowed with inefficiency, corruption and disregard of fundamental ‘value for money’ considerations. This has adversely impacted the rate and quality of progress in realising the objectives of national development, especially as regards the attainment of ZIMASSET. Efficient delivery of goods and services by Public Sector organisations depend to a large extent on the effectiveness and efficiency of the procurement function.

The following is a summary of the participants and their sponsoring organisations:

NAME OF ORGANISATION NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS
Harare City Council

10

ZINARA

5

POTRAZ

2

PSMI

2

Traffic Safety Council of Zimbabwe

2

ZERA

1

CMED

1

Masimba Construction Zimbabwe

1

TOTAL NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS

24

Presentations at the workshop were done by Dr Dahwa (Supply Chain Consultant), Dr Garufu (BUSE- Lecturer), Mr S. Kadama (Economic Consultant) and Mr C. Gondo (BUSE Lecturer). Delegates were awarded Certificates of Participation by the Executive Dean, Faculty of Commerce.

Based on the evaluation forms completed by the participants at end of the two days,the workshop was a success.

Certificates Presentations  by Professor Maumbe

Certificates Presentations by Professor Maumbe

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