The Public Procurement Authority (PPA) has said it saved the country about GH¢553million during the first three months of this year.
The Authority explained that the amount was saved as a result of due diligence in awarding government contracts, along with other measures, and noted that it is looking forward to implementing an Electronic Transaction system to ensure value for money.
“As a result of developing the due diligence initiatives, we have realised a saving of GH¢553illion from January to March this year,” said Rhoda Appiah-Head of Corporate Affairs and Administration, PPA.
“We have been able as a nation to engage the services of an application service provider known as European Dynamics of Greece, and six selected pilot institutions are currently undertaking a user-acceptance test of the system at GIMPA. A training course will be rolled out in September to get them ready for the Electronic Government Procurement System (EGPS) that starts officially in October,” she added.
Ms. Appiah was speaking at an anti-corruption event to commemorate the Africa United Day Against Corruption in Accra, organised by the Ghana Integrity Initiative.
Speaking on the theme ‘Winning the Fight Against Corruption: A sustainable Path to Africa’s Transformation’, she explained that Ghana at the 2016 UK Anti-Corruption Summit signed on to fight against corruption in the procurement space.
Tasked with the responsibility of implementing a workable plan, she said the PPA subsequently made inputs in implementing the EGPS and introducing procurement audits into its procurement management framework.
She further indicated that the implementation phase was faced with challenges such as: procurement functionaries not having the necessary capacity to ascertain what the laws require; and lack of cooperation among management team-members of the institutions.
However, as a result of training, she added, they were able to incorporate the new amendment procedures which will be rolled out soon to build the capacity of procurement, individuals and institutions.
PPA is also collaborating with the Auditor-General to deal with contract administration lapses.
The authority is also seeking to implement standardisation of infrastructure unit cost, which will help curb some common procurement anomalies such as bid-suppression and bid-rigging.