The National Treasury has concluded a three-week countrywide online procurement training for small and medium size businesses.
Through the IFMIS Department, it has trained over 4,000 suppliers of different goods and services to different Government agencies on the use of IFMIS e-procurement. The training was carried out in all counties and is expected to enable suppliers to effectively participate in tendering online as the Government and its agencies adopt e-procurement.
Speaking in Nairobi during the supplier sensitisation and training forum, Mr Jerome Ochieng, Director IFMIS, said the training was critical in enabling government agencies and their suppliers to adopt the automated procurement and payment system.
IFMIS e-procurement has been deployed to all ministries, departments and agencies, state corporations and the 47 counties to increase transparency and accountability in the management of public funds. “It is essential for suppliers to understand and make use of the system because going forward, procurement will only be undertaken through the system,” he said.
Other than the IFMIS e-Procurement module, Treasury has also rolled out the planning and budgeting module that ensures a procuring entity can only purchase what has been approved and within stipulated budget.
County government officials attended the training forums where they urged suppliers to embrace the e-procurement system. The officials included Finance Executives and Chief Officers, Heads of Supply Chain Management and procurement officers.