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This page contains answers to commonly-asked questions about activities of the National Public Procurement Authority.

Frequently Asked Question

What are the functions of NPPA?

Policy formulation, oversight and monitoring of procurement, capacity Building, drafting and revising regulatory instruments.

What are the functions of IPRP?

Independent procurement review panel is an administrative review of procurement complaints and challenges to the award decision received from bidders and the general public. Have powers to order reevaluation re-bid cancellations of a procurement process or award of costs.

What are the principles of Public Procurement?

Transparency, fairness, Accountability, Competition, Value for Money, ethical approach and Professionalism.

Differences between Public and Private sector Procurement?

In the private sector, where the primary procurement focus is profitability, the bottom-line analysis is generally the determining factor when procurement and contracting decisions are made. The public sector, on the other hand, is responsible for providing effective and efficient services to the public; the primary emphasis, therefore is on the public need, not profit. This often means that a service or program that would not otherwise be available in the marketplace may be provided and/or developed to meet the needs of the public, even though such a procurement decision would not be considered 'profitable' in the eyes of the private sector.

What are the components of Procurement cycle?

Planning, Sourcing, contracting, Contract Management, storing, Distribution, Evaluation and Disposal

Differences between tender board and NPPA?

Tender Board was responsible for the procurement of goods, work, and Service and NPPA Policy formulation, oversight and monitoring of procurement, capacity Building, drafting and revising regulatory instruments.

What is a waiver and why waiver is important?

Means procurement Officials have discretion based on the urgency of the procurement to waive procurement processes in the manner described only by the relating authority which is the NPPA and the important of the waiver is to allowed the procuring entity to bypass all produces.

Why institutions prepared procurement Plans?

To Prioritized Procurement needs; establish areas for aggregation and economic of scale; to ascertain potential for framework contract; To provide checklist for monitoring procurement activities; Identifies in advance where specialist assistance may be require so as to effectively coordinate various activities in the organization.

What are the advantages of a Procurement Plans?

An effective plan saves time and money

An effective plan serves as a conduit to achieving entity's objectives

An effective plan ensures compliance with regulatory policies

An effective plan provides a framework to guide procurement officers in the achievement of their tasks and duties.

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