JOHANNESBURG, July 11 – Botswana’s government departments have been challenged to improve transparency in dealings with the private sector through clear tender documents, Xinhau news agency reported.
“We need to avoid conflict of interest and undue influence and act ethically and professionally at all times,” said Bridget Poppy John, executive chairperson of Public Procurement and Asset Disposal Board (PPADB) in the capital Gaborone.
PPADB’s challenge follows the recently developed Code of Ethics for procurement practitioners, which aims to stamp out undesirable conduct, as procurement often leads to corruption.
PPADB’s latest survey reports that public confidence in regard to procurement in government departments stands at 57 percent, a slight increase from the previous 55 percent reported. (ANA)