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Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Ghana trains lawmakers and administrators about procurement

District assemblies educated on procurement laws
The Coordinating Director of the Central Regional Coordinating Council, Mr. Kwame Oppong, pointed out that district assemblies in the region were still struggling to fully grasp the requirements of the procurement law

The assemblies were taken through the role of procurement and legal framework, procurement principles, methods and ethics, tender evaluation procedures, and contract management.

The workshop, was jointly organised by the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development, the Local Service Secretariat, Regional Coordinating Council, and the Public Procurement Authority, to bring sanity into public sector procurement practices in the region, and throughout the country.

The Principal Operations Officer at the Public Procurement Authority, Nana Asiedu Kotwi, added that the workshop would harmonise public procurement processes in the public service. According to him, public procurement accounts for 50% to 70% of the national budget, as well as 14% of the country's Gross Domestic Product (GDP), while it claims 24% of the country's total imports.

He said public procurement would ensure the successful delivery of government policies and public service, reduce corruption, encourage private sector growth and investments, as well as ensure sound public financial management.

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