Government procurement has substantial economic importance both nationally and internationally, representing an average of 10 to 30 percent of Gross National Product (GNP).
On the domestic front, through the procurement of goods, works and services from non-government suppliers, public bodies meet their obligation to provide essential services to their citizens. Procurement systems have a significant impact on the efficient use of public funds and, more generally, on good governance and public confidence in and support of government. Achieving economic efficiency, providing equitable opportunities for suppliers to compete for public contracts, and allowing public access to information on public procurement are all essential conditions of an effective procurement system.
Internationally through government procurement, the number of suppliers and contractors competing for a contract is increased thereby improving both the cost and quality of contract performance. The availability of products, services, expertise and innovation to meet the needs of a nation and its citizens is enhanced. goPRS was developed in order to promote harmonization of international standards of public procurement and considers the provisions of the UNCITRAL Model Law, the WTO Agreement on Government Procurement, the European Union directives (on government procurement and appeals procedures), the United Nations Convention against Corruption, the World Bank guidelines for procurement, the Integrity and Anti-corruption Initiative of the African Development Bank, as well as other internationally-accepted agreements and guides.
goPRS is a suite of software designed specifically to 1) improve the ability of public procurement regulatory and oversight authorities to monitor and review all procurements and to approve procurements above established thresholds; 2) reduce human interaction and personal contacts between procurement entities, bidders and regulatory authorities that can give rise to bribery opportunities; 3) improve the ability of regulatory authorities to compare budget appropriations and procurement expenditures by providing up-to-date and accurate data and information on individual procurement actions; and 4) manage and publish procurement-related information (vendors database, prices lists) to assist suppliers in preparing their best offers and governments in assessing their offers to support the procurement process.
goPRS development is an ongoing project. goPRS is a suite of software packages comprising of goPRS Enterprise, goPRS Web, goPRS Intelligence, goPRS Learn, and goPRS eGP. The figure below depicts goPRS structure.
• International, regional and national institutions in charge of public procurement reforms
• Centralized authorities responsible for monitoring all procurements and approving approvals over a specified threshold
• Procuring entities responsible for soliciting and evaluating bids and proposals subject to centralized oversight and , if required, approval
• Legislative and budget authorities responsible for planning and budgeting for the acquisition of goods, services and works to meet the needs of citizens
• Citizens and organizations seeking transparency in the procurement process
Countries that are reforming procurement systems are the main beneficiaries of the goPRS project. Those countries can be divided into four general categories characterized by their stage of economic development and the issues driving the reform efforts.
Deployment of the Beta version of goPRS Enterprise and goPRS Web at BPP (Abuja, Nigeria).
Joint discussions with Procurement and Fiduciary Services Department and with Integrity and Anti-Corruption Department (African Development Bank, Tunis, Tunisia)
Participation of goPRS in the Expert Group Meeting on Transparency, Competition and Objectivity in Public Procurement.(International Anti-Corruption Academy, Laxenburg Austria)
Consultation meeting on the revision of the World Bank's policies and introduction to goPRS with the World Bank Procurement Policy department, (Washington D.C /USA)
Approval of Requirements Analysis Proposal by the DG of BPP (Abuja/Nigeria)
Initiation of the BPP Project Phase II, Bureau of Public Procurement (BPP) (Abuja/Nigeria)