Steps to tone up e-GP to curb anomalies

Strict measures needed to fight corruption

Published : 18 Apr 2021 08:08 PM | Updated : 19 Apr 2021 12:10 AM

In our quest to become a digitalized nation, the government always encourages innovative and technological measures in every development sector of the country. In that continuity, the government has taken new measures to increase the reach of electronic government procurement (e-GP). Some new features have come up with it in response to the pandemic defiance to check irregularities in public purchase.

According to a report published in this daily on Sunday, The World Bank (WB) is providing the government with a total of US$95 million to streamline the e-GP through digitising the system. The e-GP system provides an online platform to carry out the procurement activities by various public agencies. People have access to this network and during the pandemic it has put a significant impact on carrying out various development works. The $40 million will help add important features to the e-GP system, including international bidding, direct contracting, framework agreement, electronic contract management and payment, procurement data analytics, geo-tagging and enabling.

Government should make 

sure that every procuring

activity is audited

On top of it, stakeholders will also witness that their tender submission and assessment have become easier in the e-GP system. However, to make the system more viable all over the country internet facilities should be widely available along with an updated server base, otherwise people will not be able to reap benefits from it.

The government should also make sure that every procuring activity has been audited, all information related to tender needs to be disclosed and activities of each procuring entity should be monitored so that no types of corruption exist within the system. All in all, more transparency and accountability in public procurement procedure is needed to make it a proper success.