The Procurement Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe (PRAZ) formally, the State Procurement Board (SPB) was created through an Act of Parliament, Public Procurement and Disposal of Public Assets Act[Cap 22:23] which repealed the Act, No. 2/99 [Cap. 22:14] through S.I. 152 of December 2017. The new mandate of the Authority is to supervise public procurement proceedings to ensure transparency, fairness, honesty, cost-effectiveness and competition as required by Section 315 of the Zimbabwean Constitution.
- to ensure that procurement is effected in a manner that is transparent, fair, honest, cost-effective and competitive; and
- to promote competition among bidders; and
- to provide for the fair and equitable treatment of all bidders, leading to procurement contracts that represent good value for money; and
- to promote the integrity of, and fairness and public confidence in, procurement processes; and
- to secure the implementation of any environmental, social, economic and other policy that is authorised or required by any law to be taken into account by a procuring entity in procurement proceedings.
- to ensure that public procurement is effected in a manner that is transparent, fair, honest, cost-effective, competitive and in compliance with the Act; and
- to monitor and supervise procuring entities and the public procurement system in order to secure compliance with the Act, and to implement electronic means of monitoring and supervising procuring entities and the public procurement system; and
- to issue technical guidelines and instructions regarding the interpretation and implementation of this Act; and
- to prepare standard documents and templates to be used in connection with public procurement and to enable procuring entities to maintain records and prepare reports; and
- to develop the use of electronic tools for procurement, including a public procurement website and statistical databases containing information on public procurement in Zimbabwe, and specify the conditions under which such databases will be availed to the public; and
- to enable the publication on the Authority’s website of documents that are required to be published by procuring entities; and
- on request, to give advice and assistance to procuring entities: Provided that no such advice or assistance shall limit the responsibilities of a procuring entity for compliance with this Act; and
- to promote the training and professional development of persons engaged in public procurement so as to ensure their adherence to high ethical standards; and
- to develop and implement a transparent and equitable framework for the registration of bidders or contractors; and
- to develop and advise the Government on ways in which the environmental, social and economic policies of Zimbabwe, including those designed for economic empowerment and domestic preferences, may be implemented through public procurement; and
- to refer contraventions of this Act to appropriate enforcement or disciplinary authorities; and
- to establish and implement an independent review mechanism to deal with challenges brought by aggrieved bidders in accordance with Part X of the Act or by other persons in accordance with Part XII of the Act; and
- to consult regularly with persons in the public and private sectors who have an interest in the public procurement system, in order to assess their perception of the system; and
- to recommend amendments to the law regarding public procurement, in the light of international practices and experience; and
- to exercise any other function conferred or imposed on the Authority by or under this Act or any other enactment.
Powers of the Authority
In exercising its functions, the Authority shall have powers, subject to the Act, to:-
- issue directions of a general nature to procuring entities regarding the manner in which they are to conduct procurement proceedings in order to ensure compliance with the Act:
- require procuring entities to collect information regarding procurement and to provide the Authority with such information in such form, and at such intervals or within such periods, as the Authority may direct;
- require any procuring entity or bidder to produce or disclose to the Authority, or to an officer or agent of the Authority, any information, document, record or report regarding any aspect of the procurement, contract implementation or disposal process where a breach, wrongdoing or mismanagement has been alleged, reported or proven against any procuring entity;
- co-operate with other organisations, whether inside or outside Zimbabwe, in the exercise of its functions;
- exercise any of the ancillary powers set out in the Second Schedule of the Act;
- generally, take such measures as the Board reasonably considers are necessary or desirable to ensure compliance with the Act.
- cost-effectiveness and