THE Uganda Revenue Authority is to adopt an electronic procurement system to improve the efficiency and management of the purchasing process.
Paul Kyeyune, the URA deputy spokesperson, said the initiative would streamline purchasing and enhance spend-management controls.
He said the system would make it faster and easier for staff to purchase from preferred suppliers.
He said the tax body had already allocated funds to buy system. The authority, therefore, seeks bidders to provide the service.
Kyeyune said although URA was committed to implementing the e-procurement project to support its procurement strategy, it shall not abandon the manual system of procurement.
â€œWe are not phasing out the manual system. We shall continue with it until when e-procurement mode is perfected,â€ he said
He said the e-procurement would begin as a pilot and later be incorporated into the existing system.
â€œEverything new has its testing period. You can start small and evolve. With time, we shall phase out the manual system,â€ he said
E-procurement, though in its infancy, has excited many companies.
However, Collin Mpata, an officer from the Institute of Procurement Professionals of Uganda, said companies can only benefit from their e-procurement systems if it is connected onto the whole business process chain.
â€œE-procurement stops undisciplined expenditure. It brings purchasing into the new age of business, where working â€˜smarterâ€™ is the order of the day.â€
Mpata added that e-procurement will revolutionalise the sector.
It gives greater control and flexibility, along with cost savings that are readily identifiable,â€ Mpata said.
URA for e-procurement