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Topic 1: Enhancing Governance in Public Finance: the introduction of the Electronic Government Procu
Dec 11 2019

Zambia is a landlocked tropical country situated in Southern Africa. The country has a total surface area of 752,614 square kilometres and a population of 10.7 million giving a population density of 11 persons per square kilometre. The official language is English. There are approximately 73 officially recognized ethnolinguistic groups in Zambia. The widely spoken languages are Bemba, Nyanja, Kaonde, Lozi, Luvale, Tonga and Lunda, however, this is also segmented into regions.

Electronic Government Procurement System (e-GP)

As a tool for automating the procurement processes in the public sector on 8th July 2016 the Zambia Public Procurement Authority launched the pilot phase of the e-GP system. The objectives of the system are threefold; to bring about good governance, value for money and social economic development. It is envisaged that once the system is fully rolled out, government will enhance transparency in procurement and realise savings through increased competition. Other notable positives include but not limited to reduction in corruption and malpractices, reduction in face to face transactions, availability of statistics on public procurement through the open contracting and enhanced citizen trust in Government because of transparency in procurement through increased visibility and the publication of procurement data at each stage of procurement.

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