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The National Treasury has rolled out Integrated Financial Management Information System (IFMIS) electronic procurement (e-procurement) throughout the country to serve Kenyans effectively on issues relating to public procurement.
National Treasury Cabinet Secretary Mr. Henry Rotich, said the IFMIS e-Procurement module will also enhance transparency and accountability in procurement process from procurement planning, requisition, sourcing, and to payment.


“IFMIS e-procurement will therefore ensure that public procurement of goods and services is done fairly, equitably, transparently, competitively and in a cost effective manner by all government procuring entities”, Mr. Rotich added.
He urged governors drawn from the 47 counties to appreciate an overview of IFMIS
e-procurement, deliberations on how to enhance implementation of the system and how to address the emerging challenges that may face e-procurement implementation process in the counties.
The Cabinet Secretary was speaking at Safari Park Hotel in Nairobi during a one day
 e-procurement overview workshop which was drawn for governors by the National Treasury.
He recognized the commitment shown by the governors towards enhancing efficiency in public procurement in their respective counties, adding that the National Treasury will strive to release funds to the counties promptly to avoid any unnecessary delays of service delivery to the public.
“I wish to highlight that Section 227 of the Constitution of Kenya provides for establishment of a system of procurement of goods and services that is fair, equitable, transparent, competitive and cost-effective”, Mr. Rotich said.
He said the National Treasury is mandated by Section 12 (1) (e) of the Public Finance Management Act (2012) to design and prescribe an efficient financial management system for the National and County governments which will also ensure transparent financial management and standard financial reporting.
In respect to the mandate given to the National Treasury by Section 12 (1) (e) of the Public Finance Management Act (2012), Mr. Rotich added, his Ministry embarked on developing an electronic procurement system under the IFMIS which is a testimony of National Treasury’s commitment towards the implementation of constitutional and legal provisions aimed at streamlining public procurement.
Mr. Rotich said IFMIS e-procurement system is linked to an Item Master which has indicative prices for all commonly used items to ensure that there are no price inflations by procuring entities, thus enhancing value for money, adding that e-procurement has inbuilt approvals at all levels of the procurement process to enhance checks, controls and accountability.    
Apart from increasing efficiency in service delivery due to competition, transparency and lower transaction costs, the Cabinet Secretary said e-procurement system is designed to enable the government increase and monitor government procurement opportunities to the preference groups, including women, youth and persons with disability.
He said the National Treasury has trained over 4,000 suppliers on e-procurement to enable the suppliers to use effectively the online government procurement system, adding that his Ministry’s IFMIS officers are conducting on-site training and support in every county on various IFMIS operational issues such as loading of procurement plans, training on end to end e-procurement process, and addressing pending bills among other issues raised by county users.
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