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Ghana public procurement chief pushes for SPP

28 March 2013

The head of the Public Procurement Authority in Ghana has appealed to government and procurement practitioners to embrace and implement Sustainable Public Procurement (SPP) policy. CEO Samuel Sallas-Mensah touted SPP’s ability to facilitate sustainable development economically, socially and environmentally, as well as its ability to aid female entrepreneurship. He also called on the government to increase demand for sustainable goods, services and works.

Through government-driven purchasing of sustainable products and services, the private sector will necessarily diversify to embrace sustainability, resulting in an improvement in environmental management skills, corporate social responsibility, cleaner production, and pollution prevention services, said Mr. Sallas-Mensah. “Waste management and economic use of resources are some obvious challenges we face and sustainable public procurement can help address them to a large extent,” he said.

He also asked the Ghanaian government to include a quota for purchases from “Women-Owned Small Businesses”, saying “a policy that seeks to improve incomes for women businesses through government contracts is a wise one and must be embraced since it results in poverty alleviation and wealth creation.” The remarks came at a Swiss-government run training for procurement practitioners on SPP.

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