GHANA INTRODUCES E-PROCUREMENT TO BOOST TRANSPARENCY

ACCRA, Ghana’s Public Procurement Authority (PPA) has launched its electronic government procurement system to strengthen transparency in procurement and improve compliance with procurement regulations and would be part of the World Bank’s e-Ghana project which costs a total of 97 million US dollars.

PPA chief executive officer Agyenim Boateng Adjei, addressing stakeholders at the launch here Monday, said the electronic procurement system would ultimately ensure efficiency in the delivery of public services and save the public purse. It would eliminate human elements in the procurement processes, eliminate corruption, collusion and fraudulent practices.

In 2012, the PPA initiated an international competitive bidding process to select a consultant to assist in the establishment of the e-governance system and in July 2016, an information technology solution provider firm headquartered in Greece, Euuropean Dynamics, was selected as application service provider. The contract was signed on May 26 this year.

He said a three-member team from European Dynamics is currently in the country to demonstrate how the proposed system will work and conduct discussions on requirements for the system.

According to him, the PPA would implement the e-procurement component of the e-Ghana project at an estimated cost of six million USD.

The Ministry of Communications is hosting and facilitating the entire e-Ghana project, also known as the e-transform project, which seeks to connect other public institutions such as the Ministry of Justice and Attorney-General’s Office, the Judiciary Service and the Parliament of Ghana as well as other Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) to enhance transparency and service delivery.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK