By Stanley Wabomba
The National Treasury and the Council of Governors have formed a taskforce that is expected to smoothen implementation of e-procurement platform at the county level.
The taskforce, which is expected to look into challenges that counties 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 will each have a representative at the taskforce.
The team was formed during a forum convened by the National Treasury to address concerns raised by 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 implementation of e-procurement.
The taskforce is expected to report back to the National Treasury and the Council of Governors on the way forward by end month. Recommendations by the taskforce are expected to be implemented in the course of next month to pave way to a much more efficient use of e-procurement in all counties starting March this year.
Treasury Cabinet Secretary Henry Rotich says the use of the IFMIS System at both levels of government was aimed at ensuring a robust public financial management system is realized.
Council of Governors chair of the Finance and Economic Planning Committee Wycliffe Oparanya said: “The Council of Governors is committed to the implementation of IFMIS and e-procurement but it is important to deliberate on administrative, technical and legal issues that will streamline financial operations in counties.”