The Public Procurement Authority (PPA) has outlined key measures which seek to promote competition and transparency in the public procurement processes, as part of efforts to restore public confidence and enhance its general efficiency.
Among the new measures is included the deployment of initiatives to reposition the authority so as to undertake its core mandates effectively, and the establishment of a value for money unit to determine the ‘reasonableness’ or otherwise of applications from entities for both sole source or restricted tendering in accordance with laid-down regulations.
Chief Executive Officer of the authority, Agyenim Boateng Agyei, said at a press briefing in Accra: “The PPA, per its mandate, remains a major player in achieving government’s quest to ensure value for money in its public expenditure framework and to protect the public purse.
“The purpose of these initiatives is to re-establish public confidence and credibility in the sole-source and restricted tender approval process, as well as providing technical advice on government contracts to establish value for money,” he said.
Mr. Agyei said the PPA is currently training anti-corruption agencies to complement its efforts at early detection and elimination of common procurement fraud, including bid-rigging and bid-rotation as well complementary bids.
The PPA has also introduced a Supplier Registration Portal that will list all suppliers and consultants – to register and make them eligible for any government tender.
“The objective of this is to ensure that providers possess valid documentations as per supplier qualification requirements of Section 22 of Act 663.
“It also forms part of government’s pledge to enhance the business environment and improve ease of doing business, since businesses do not have to do multiple registration across entities,” Mr. Agyei indicated.
According to the PPA boss, his outfit has marked down six state organisations for violating the Procurement Law (Act 663).
The six institutions are the National Lotteries Authority, National Communications Authority, the Electricity Company of Ghana, the Electoral Commission, Ghana Airport Company Limited and the Ghana Water Company.
Mr. Agyei said an official report has been sent to Attorney-General’s Office and the Economic and Organised Crime Office for further investigations and possible prosecution.
In addition to the six organisations which have been reported for infractions of the law, ten others are being audited by the Unit.
They are: the Ministries of Education and Energy; Ghana National Petroleum Commission; University of Education, Winneba; Accra Metropolitan Assembly; Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital; and Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology.
The rest are the Northern Electricity Development Company; Tema Oil Refinery; and the Controller and Accountant-General’s Department.