The Public Procurement and Disposal of Assets Authority (PPDA) has finalised the drafting of a regulation on public-private partnerships. Milton Tumutegyereize, the PPDA director for training and capacity building, explained that the policy will cater for any upcoming projects before the amendment
The Public Procurement and Disposal of Assets Authority (PPDA) has finalised the drafting of a regulation on public-private partnerships. Milton Tumutegyereize, the PPDA director for training and capacity building, explained that the policy will cater for any upcoming projects before the amendment of the PPDA law.
The PPDA Act has been reviewed, awaiting Cabinet approval. â€œWe finished consulting the different stakeholders. We now have a draft policy in place,â€ he said.
Tumutegyereize was speaking at the 5th capacity building workshop for procurement officers organised by the Institute of Procurement Professionals in Uganda at the Grand Imperial Hotel over the weekend.
He noted that the partnerships will be used to enhance the PPDA Act for projects, which require private sector support. David Kabateraine, the finance ministry acting procurement commissioner, pointed out that the partnerships should not be used as a substitute to procurement, but a complement.
â€œIt must follow the procurement process. You must procure partnerships through the methods of procurement. â€œIt should be through a competitive system,â€ he argued.
Jim Mugunga, the Privatisation Unit publicist, urged companies to utilise the system to invest in big projects. He hoped that the new law could help to improve infrastructure, especially roads and energy, that he noted had slowed down investments for years.
â€œYou can use these partnerships in other sectors of the economy, but for Uganda, itâ€™s infrastructure,â€ he said. Mugunga cited India and South Africa where the governments have worked with the private sector in the implementation of projects.
He said arrangements were underway for the Uganda Police Force to use a public-private partnership to solve the accommodation crisis in the institution. Under the arrangement, investors will construct partially serviced houses and commercial facilities on Police land in Kampala, Entebbe and Masindi districts.
They (investors) will in return be offered free land to put up investments for a given duration of time.
PPDA drafts partnership regulations