Zambia: Public Procurement Authority (ZPPA)

The Zambia Public Procurement Authority (ZPPA) tracks information in the Electronic Government Procurement (e-GP) system.

The scope of the data is covered by the Public Procurement Act No. 12 2008 and Public Procurement Regulations, 2011.

The data has limitations on disclosure of information relating to procurement proceedings and bids, but it can be published under a court order.

Section 40(2) of the Public Procurement Act, No. 12 of 2008 sets out data exclusions for reasons of legal compliance, legitimate commercial interests, privacy and security.

  • Data is excluded where disclosure will:
    • amount to a contravention of any written law in Zambia;
    • obstruct law enforcement;
    • prejudice the legitimate commercial interests of the parties to a contract;
    • inhibit fair competition in public procurement; or
    • in anyway be contrary to public interest.
  • Data excluded from publication on the basis of legitimate commercial interests includes:
    • trade secrets such as sales and distribution methods, advertising strategies, client lists, strategic business plans, manufacturing processes, information relating to preparation of a competitive bid , novel designs and technologies and plans to promote a new or existing product; and
    • information relating to the financial and business viability of a bidder.
  • Section 42 (2) of the Electronic Communications and Transactions Act No. 12 of 2009 prohibits the disclosure of personal information of a data subject without the subject’s express written permission for the collection, collation, processing or disclosure of that information unless the data controller is permitted or required to do so by law.
  • Any data on contracts related to the security, defence or international relations of the country is excluded in accordance with section 3(2) of the Public Procurement Act, No. 12 of 2008. In addition, any contract containing classified information is excluded from publication.
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Data date range:
Sep 2023 - Dec 2023
Update frequency:
Last retrieved:
Jan 2024 (retrieved monthly)
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A contracting process has several stages: tendering, awarding, contracting and implementation. You can learn about the contracting stages in this tutorial.


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Count of tenders:
Count of tenderers:
Count of tender items:


Count of awards:
Count of suppliers:
Count of award items:


Count of contracts:
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Count of documents:


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Count of amendments:

ZPPA does not use extensions or additional fields.

Data quality


The dataset has quality issues to take into account, notably:

  • There are discrepancies between the identifiers used for tenderers and suppliers in the OCDS data and the identifiers registered with the Patents and Companies Registration Agency. To join the data with other sources of data on companies, you may need to fall-back to matching on company names.
  • There are no contracting processes in the dataset where there is a difference between the award value and the contract value, suggesting that contract values are not updated after the award.
  • There are discrepancies between the number of contracting processes in the OCDS data and in the e-GP front-end.

Last reviewed: Sep 2018

Access data

This OCDS dataset is available for download in JSON, Excel or CSV format. You can download the data for contracting processes in a specific year or for all time.


Each contracting process is represented as one line of JSON text in the .jsonl file.

The .jsonl file is compressed using Gzip. Windows users need 7-Zip, WinRAR or WinZip to decompress the .gz file.


Each contracting process is represented as one row in the main sheet. Other sheets link to it via the _link_main column.

Excel files can have at most 1,048,576 rows. If a year is missing, it had too many rows.


Each contracting process is represented as one row in the main.csv file. Other files link to it via the _link_main column.

The .csv files are archived using tar and compressed using Gzip. Windows users need 7-Zip, WinRAR or WinZip to decompress the .tar.gz file.

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