The public procurement systems reform, funded from the Zimbabwe Reconstruction Fund (ZIMREF), was a step by the Zimbabwe Government towards citizen-centric governance. The outputs of the reforms included the production of the Public Procurement and Disposal of Public Assets Act (PPDPA Act) and the Public Procurement and Disposal of Public Assets General Regulations, which brought a paradigm shift in the manner public procurement was conducted.
With the establishment of PRAZ to facilitate and set standards, monitor and evaluate procuring entities and; with the decentralisation of Procurement decision making, it was necessary to build and develop public procurement capacity as well as to professionalise public procurement by offering public procurement officers a certification course and a license to practice.
Hence, the Project: Design of e-Learning systems on Public Procurement was launched with the objective of digitising learning and training material onto an e-learning platform.
About the program
This Program commissioned jointly by the Procurement Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe (PRAZ), and The World Bank aims to build capacities of:
- The public sector officials to build understanding and knowledge on the provisions of the Act and Regulations to effectively acquire the necessary goods, works, and services to deliver public service efficiently and effectively.
- The other stakeholders outside the Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) who require capacity development in public procurement via
- Bidders, suppliers, contractors, consultants who need to operate within stipulated norms and regulations
- The private sector to ensure responsiveness to calls for tenders by MDAs.
- The Auditor General, Zimbabwe Republic Police Anti-Fraud section of the Criminal Investigation Department, the Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission, the Judiciary Service Commission and Prosecutor General for broader understanding and implementation and enforcement of processes and systems.
- Civic society organisations, including parliamentarians, media and non-governmental organisations, have updated knowledge, better comprehension to present responsible views and insights to citizens.