MONITOR CONTRACTS CLOSELY, ZIPS URGED

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By BUSINESS REPORTER

CONTRACT management and administration does not end at the award of contract but goes until the project is delivered and the end users are satisfied, Commerce, Trade and Industry minister Christopher Yaluma has said.

Mr Yaluma said contract management should always be a complete process, spanning through various phases.

He said it was therefore important that procurement specialists and other professionals were well versed with all the phases involved in contract management and administration Mr Yaluma was speaking during the Zambia Institute of Purchasing and Supply (ZIPS) gala dinner at the weekend in Lusaka.

The minister said retention was important but regretted that some projects and infrastructure handed over to government developed faults a few months down the line.

“I wish to challenge you here that where are your contract managers who awarded these contracts? In other instances, contractors have abandoned projects.

Where are you as an institute to help Government, when you even have an Act of Parliament to support you,” he asked.

Mr Yaluma advised ZIPS members to manage its suppliers, contractors and consultants even in difficult times when payments fall due and funds were not readily available to meet the datelines.

ZIPS president Chibwe Mwelwa said the institute would enhance its mandate of training and regulating the conduct of procurement professionals in Zambia.

He said every individual working in procurement and supply must be registered and authorised to practice in Zambia by the institute.

The institute, he said, had a challenging mandate but was equal to the task.

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