Mapping Public Procurement Reforms in Tanzania: Compliance, Challenges and Prospects

Mordecai Matto


This paper provides an overview of public procurement reforms in Tanzania. The main objective was to conduct a critical analysis on the public procurement reforms, compliance, challenges and prospects of Tanzania public sector procurement. The author used published data and documentary review in order to present findings, conclusion and recommendations. Based on the research findings, the Government of the United Republic of Tanzania has clearly made great steps in reforming the public procurement sector. The enactments of Public Procurement Acts and Regulations have been to some extent helpful in attaining transparency, economy, efficiency, accountability, fair and value for money procurement. The findings revealed that compliance has been reduced from -41% in financial year 2006/2007 (first procurement audit) to -7% in 2015/2016. The study recommended that: successful implementation of the public procurement reform will depend on the people involved, both elected and employees at all levels and the capacity of the oversight and regulatory bodies to lead, regulate, control and monitor the various procurement procedures. The need of public procurement reforms should be originated from the citizens, practitioners, suppliers, service providers, contractors, regulatory & professional bodies, and the like. Politician’s views and comments should not be taken as a prime catalyst for review.

Key words: Public Procurement, Reform, Compliance, Challenges and Prospects

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