According to the Institute for Public Policy Research's (IPPR) research, there have been several challenges in Namibia's procurement process, including a lack of competition, weak procurement capacity, and inadequate monitoring and evaluation.
These challenges have led to limited access to public contracts for small and medium-sized enterprises, delays in project implementation, and the misuse of public funds.
The IPPR has released its latest procurement tracker, which investigates and provides transparency around the country's procurement practices.
"The President likes to talk about processes, systems, and institutions. Are the systems, processes, and institutions working in the public interest?" asked Frederico Links, Research Associate at the IPPR.
The procurement tracker is a comprehensive report that analyzes procurement practices in Namibia's public sector, including the government and state-owned enterprises.
The report provides detailed information on the procurement process, including the identification of procurement needs, tendering procedures, contract awarding, and implementation.
By tracking procurement practices, the report can help identify potential areas of corruption or inefficiencies in the procurement process, which can lead to cost savings for the government and ultimately benefit the Namibian people.
The procurement tracker report includes several recommendations for improving the procurement process in Namibia, such as enhancing the transparency of procurement procedures, increasing competition, and building the capacity of procurement officials.
The report is expected to inform policy decisions and contribute to the ongoing efforts to strengthen Namibia's public procurement system.