A study by CoST Uganda on the analysis of infrastructure data disclosed on the Government Procurement Portal for selected PDEs conducted in June 2020, 51% of the projects had lower than 3 bids while 48.7% of the projects had three or higher bids. This number of bids received is an indicator of competition in procurement that would lead to fair pricing by bidders and value for money for clients, if more firms engaged in the public infrastructure procurement processes. The study further revealed that, the private sector (contractors and Consulting engineers) expressed concern regarding the unfair business practices, as well as lack of integrity in procurement which affects their full participation. To this end, the reasons behind these concerns are not clear, hence the need to further understand what factors inhibit the private sector from fully engaging in infrastructure procurement.
Following this, Africa Freedom of Information Centre on behalf of CoST Uganda intends to recruit a consultant to identify the factors that inhibit the private sector from participating in public infrastructure procurement processes. The findings of this study will be submitted to PPDA and other stakeholders for action and consideration in policy development, to enhance private sector participation at all levels.
The deadline is 4th December 2020 at 5:00pm EAT. Professionals from Uganda (Male and Female) are highly encouraged to express interest.