Arlington, 29 September 2022 (TDI): To continue building top-notch infrastructure for Botswana’s citizens, the U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) and the government of Botswana have renewed their long-standing partnership.
In a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), the USTDA and the Public Procurement Regulatory Authority (PPRA) of Botswana agreed to work together to provide training and technical support to the nation’s public procurement.
USTDA and @BWGovernment have renewed a longstanding partnership under the #GlobalProcurementInitiative to develop high-quality infrastructure for the people of Botswana. Read the full announcement: https://t.co/rfnsy4wmff pic.twitter.com/fsYWUZOrxJ
— USTDA (@USTDA) September 27, 2022
This initiative is part of the USTDA’s Global Procurement Initiative. In addition, the agency pledges to grant money for technical support to help PPRA implement new national public procurement laws that are intended to raise the caliber of the nation’s infrastructure.
The government of Botswana joined the Global Procurement Initiative of the USTDA in 2014 as the program’s first partner nation.
Since then, Botswana has significantly improved its legal and regulatory framework, placing a high priority on life cycle cost analysis, the best value, and openness in all of its public procurements.
In addition, this covers the 2021 Public Procurement Act’s passage. The MOU will add another three years to Botswana’s participation in the Global Procurement Initiative.
Enoh T. Ebong, Director of USTDA, said, “I am extremely delighted that Botswana was the first country to collaborate with USTDA under our Global Procurement Initiative, a cooperation founded on our shared philosophy that high-quality infrastructure is vital to economic progress”.
In addition, she said that Botswana’s commitment to reforming public procurement and basing investment choices on best value sets an example not just for growing economies in Africa, but also around the world.
“The US is collaborating with the Government of Botswana and the Public Procurement Regulatory Agency to advance Botswana’s economic diversification through the country’s renowned good and effective governance,” said Amanda S. Jacobsen, Chargé de affairs at the U.S. Embassy in Gaborone, Botswana.
About Global Procurement Initiative
The Global Procurement Initiative of the USTDA was established in 2013. It helps public officials in developing nations comprehend the total cost of ownership of goods and services for infrastructure projects. Moreover, 15 nations are now partners in the effort.