The Public Procurement and Disposal of Public Assets (PPDA) will hold the ‘PPDA Business Exposition 2022,’ among other activities, to help vendors become more aware of Electronic Government Procurement (E-Gov’t).
PPDA ED, Benson Turamye, said this is in keeping with the authority’s efforts to contribute to economic growth, connect businesses to effective procurement procedures, and help local Small and Medium Enterprises at the launch at the Uganda Media Center (SMEs).
The exposition, according to Turamye, will provide companies with a unique platform to inform, educate, and network with various stakeholders, while also assisting providers to take advantage of the opportunities that public procurement provides to accelerate recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic’s socio-economic impact.
“As part of enhancing companies and propelling national development, we will use the exposition to train stakeholders on the Electronic Government Procurement (eGP), bid support, and conduct skill development sessions under different categories such as Business Financial Management, Agribusiness, Procurement And Bid Support, Customer Relations, Tax Planning & Management, Marketing And Branding, and Social Value & Sustainability.” He stated that “all skills seminars will be free.”
“The purpose of the exposition is to improve stakeholders’ understanding of the PPDA processes and systems geared toward effectively providing procurement by allowing these enterprises to exhibit, interact, and grow together: which are today’s pillars of growth,” he continues.
Turyame said that the government spends up to 60% of its budget on public procurement of a wide range of goods, services, supplies, and works each year, making the expo a tempting marketplace for any supplier seeking new business prospects.
“The exposition will also give government agencies a chance to show off their accomplishments and accountability to the public.” The much-needed platform will bring together commercial and corporate companies, multi-national organizations, government ministries, departments, and agencies, as well as the general people,” he added.
He added that the PPDA’s Annual Procurement Plan (July 2022–July 2023) as well as the PPDA Annual Awards categories will be unveiled at the expo, which will be held on July 8, 9, and 10, 2022 at Kololo Independence Grounds.
According to Turyame, the Expo will give an opportunity for suppliers/providers and other stakeholders to interact with key persons and organizations involved in public procurement.
According to the PPDA, the exposition will also have a one-stop business center for the public, and exhibitors will have access to services from additional partners such as URSB, KCCA, URA, and UIA.