Treasury drives transparency and price competitiveness

Transparency is one of the most effective ways to increase price competitiveness among suppliers, resulting in lower purchase prices, if implemented correctly. In this month's SmartProcurement Moritz Botha, Director: eTendering at National Treasury, discusses the use of technology to achieve these goals.

In the article Botha discusses the mandate of the Office of the Chief Procurement Officer (OCPO) at National Treasury and the supply chain management reforms approved by cabinet last year.

He also provides information about the eTender Publication Portal launched in April this year, which displays tender opportunities as well as the contract information of awarded tenders that exceeds the R500 000 threshold. Quarterly procurement plans are also published indicating what bid opportunities the national departmental and related public entities are planning to issue during the next quarter.

Although the OCPO is not directly involved in the procurement activities of government entities, the office manages procurement reforms, maintains procurement systems and oversees the way in which government does business with the private sector.

Supplier management, subscription services and online tender submission are just some of the future enhancement being developed to improve transparency, turnaround times and ultimately service delivery.

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