Buy Zimbabwe in partnership with the Procurement Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe (PRAZ) is set to host the Public Procurement Conference and Awards on the 6th of July 2022 at Rainbow Towers Hotel in Harare. This year’s event will run under the theme ‘Unlocking Zimbabwe’s economic potential through public procurement.”
Buy Zimbabwe General Manager, Alois Burutsa said the conference and awards seek to promote sustainable public procurement which is beneficial to local companies.
“Buy Zimbabwe Public Procurement Conference is an interface to raise awareness among decision makers, procurement entities and stakeholders on the benefits of local procurement with an emphasis on sustainability and preferential domestic procurement.
President Emmerson Mnangagwa, is the invited Guest of Honour at the event that will focus on enhancing the effectiveness of public expenditure for socio-economic growth as well as enterprise development for inclusive growth with, lessons drawn from the private sector,” he said.
Burutsa also said the conference will be held together with the Public Procurement Awards.
“We will also host the awards to recognise the efforts done by public and private buyers to promote and implement innovation procurement by supporting the local industry through procuring from local companies.
“The conference and awards will also provide networking opportunities, feedback, and the greatest practical forum for stakeholders, as well as a chance to showcase public procurement as a major source of SMEs’ growth and job creation,” he said.
Over 200 delegates from government procurement agencies and local authorities, business leaders, buyers and procurement managers, construction companies, manufacturing companies, extractive companies, non-governmental organizations, parastatals, supply chain managers, the general public, and service providers will attend the event.
The conference and awards comes at a time the Procurement Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe (PRAZ) is working on a number of reforms to plug corruption in tender processes. Among the reforms is the adoption of e-procurement and E-payment systems to reduce human interaction, which has been cited as a key driver of corruption.