NAIROBI, Kenya’s National Treasury and the Council of Governors have formed a task force to smoothen implementation of the e-procurement platform at the county level.

The task force, which is expected to look into challenges which the county administrations face in the implementation of the electronic procurement and payment platform, is made up of three officials from the National Treasury and another three from the Council of Governors.

The Commission on Revenue Allocation, the Controller of Budget and the Inter-Governmental Fiscal Relations unit will each have a representative on the task force, which was established during a forum convened by the National Treasury to address concerns raised by county governors on the use of e-procurement at the county level.

The Council of Governors told the forum that lack of proper infrastructure and capacity challenges were hindering the implementation of e-procurement.

The task force is expected to report back to the National Treasury and the Council of Governors on the way forward by the end of this month.

Recommendations by the task force are expected to be implemented in the course of next month to pave way for a more efficient implementation of e-procurement in all counties from March this year.

Treasury Cabinet Secretary (Minister) Henry Rotich says the use of the IFMIS e-procrement system at both levels of government was aimed at ensuring a robust public financial management system.

The county governors said they were committed to the implementation of IFMIS and e-procurement but added that it was important to deliberate on administrative, technical and legal issues which would streamline financial operations in the counties.

Source: KBC