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Title: Public Procurement Reforms in Ethiopia: Policy and Institutional Challenges and Prospects
Authors: Yirga, Tesfahun
Advisors: Dr. Meheret Ayenew
Copyright: Jul-2011
Date Added: 17-Jun-2012
Abstract: This study assessed key public procurement challenges in the Federal Government’s public sectors and presents recent empirical evidences. The thesis begins by elaborating the background of the Ethiopian public procurement with regard to its historical genesis in the past three regimes. In addition, the study raised important questions about the legal and institutional frameworks that govern the procurement system of the Federal Government. Also questions about the integrity and transparency of the procurement operations and practices have been raised. The major objective of this study is to assess the FGE’s public procurement system. In order to do so, the researcher has identified four thematic areas on which public procurement is assessed. These are legal and regulatory frameworks; institutional frameworks; public procurement operations and practices; and procurement integrity and transparency. These are the most widely recognized benchmarks against which public procurement is assessed by the World Bank and OECD. Methodologically this study is designed as descriptive. Unstructured interviews have been conducted with different stakeholders. In addition different secondary data i.e. legislations, reports, website publications, and researches from the PPA and other concerned public organizations have been collected. Data have been analyzed thematically on the aforementioned benchmarks. The results of this study show that a significant achievement has been made in reforming the Federal Government’s procurement system. A new legal framework, which is based on universal standards, has been drafted. Also, secondary legislations have been issued. The institution responsible for the oversight of the public procurement system, however, has many setbacks in front of it. In addition, the research shows that insuring transparency and accountability is still at the middle of a road. Recommendations in the study are suggested including strengthening the capacity of the Public Procurement Agency’s workforce, making the legislation more comprehensive; work with different stakeholders like the civil society organizations and the media on insuring transparency and combating corruption.
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