The Vice-President, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, has launched an electronic procurement (e-Procurement) system that will enhance government procurement processes and is expected to reduce by 90 percent all corruption cases associated with public procurement.
The e-procurement will ensure that all purchase and sale of goods and services are done electronically via the Internet.
During the launch, the Vice-President said about 90 percent of the country’s corruption problems have to do with procurement issues; and with this system in place, the human interface in existing procurement processes will be reduced to the barest minimum.
“Transparent procurement has become a very important tool in the fight against corruption, and this will reduce the human interface in procurement processes,” he said.
He said the way forward for Africa now is through digitization, and Ghana is already on that path. He added that the launch of this system makes Ghana the only country in West Africa with an e-procurement system for public entities.
He said by end of June all MMDAs will be on the e-procurement system, which will be a new beginning for procurement processes in the country.
The Chief Executive Officer of the Public Procurement Authority (PPA), A.B. Adjei, said the authority is keen to see to full implementation of this system across all public entities, as part of measures to improve fairness, transparency and efficiency in the country’s procurement landscape.
“The long-term benefits of this system are part of the PPAs commitment to government’s Ghana Beyond Aid agenda,” he said.
He said procurement processes in the country have entered a new dawn that hinges on technology. The PPA, he said, has also redesigned its website to make it user-friendly.
He said countries are increasingly opting for e–procurement platforms, realising its potential to curb irregularities and unnecessary costs in the procurement process.
“In this regard, an electronic government procurement system is very important to the PPA and country as a whole,” he added.