Assessing the Potential Impacts of Liberalizing Government Procurement: EAC Stakeholder Perspectives.

    This note seeks to obtain the views of various stakeholders on the relevant sector(s)/ agencies dealing with government procurement and related activities, be it from a policy, advocacy, private sector, or academia point of view. Tanzania’s National Public Procurement Policy (2012) states that government procurement is an acquisition, whether under formal contract or otherwise, of works, supplies and services by public bodies using publicly sourced finances. The policy illustrates that the government procurement involves the purchasing, hiring or obtaining by any contractual means of publicly needed goods, construction works and services by the public sector. This also includes situations in which public funds are mobilized to procure works, goods and services even if the government does not get directly involved. Kibuuka (2015) alludes that the government procurement has become a major part of the Tanzanian economy and public spending which is governed by a number of policies, laws, guidelines and regulations. These can be highlighted and discussed as follows:

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