The Zambian government said on Wednesday that it will not make any payments to suppliers of goods and services still using manually generated purchase orders.

Dick Sichembe, the government’s accountant-general, said the Ministry of Finance will not be entertaining manually generated local purchase orders for payments with effect from January 2018.

“We are in a computer age, therefore, manually generated local purchase orders will be rendered invalid. Hence force suppliers of goods and services to the government will be expected to ensure that they collect electronically generated purchase orders from client ministries and other government spending agencies before seeking payments from the Ministry of Finance,” he said in a statement released by the ministry’s communications department.

The government, he said, wanted the use of the electronic payment system in order to enhance transparency and accountability in the handling, management and administration of public resources.

All accounting staff in government ministries have since been sensitized to be on the look-out and ensure that the new system was a success, he added.

The Ministry of Finance has been implementing the single account system since 2015 which was an electronic payment system that aims to ensure that payments for goods and services were transferred electronically to the beneficiary’s bank account, a move that has negated the cheques payment system. Enditem

Source: Xinhua/NewsGhana.com.gh

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