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Public Procurement

Public Procurement Policy Brief

Review of the Gaps of the Public Procurement Act of 2008

Public procurement embodies a significant share of any national economy. Every year, huge sums of public resources are committed and deployed for the acquisition of goods and services. In Zambia, public procurement accounts for about 15 percent of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP).

Due to high tendencies of corruption in public procurement, there have been calls for both legal and policy reforms, specifically to review and amend the current Public Procurement Act to curtail corruption as well as ensuring value for money in public procurement and promote prudent public finance management. To contribute and support the holistic stakeholder call for Public Procurement legal and policy reforms, ActionAid Zambia conducted a study to analyse the Procurement Act No.12 of 2008 with a view of establishing the gaps and providing relevant recommendations to curb corruption as well as to promote prudent public financial management This policy brief, therefore, highlights the key findings of the report on the Assessment of the Gaps in the Public Procurement Act (PPA) of 2008.