7 September 2012

Swiss Government offers Ghana $2.7 million to introduce sustainable principles in procurement

The Swiss government has offered a 2.7 million dollar grant to Ghana’s Public Procurement Authority to help them introduce the principles of sustainability into their procurement processes. The Sustainable Public Procurement program will last for three years and involve key stakeholders from a variety of key groups.

As part of the project a pilot e-procurement system will be implemented in a number of government organisations. This system is aimed to increase interdepartmental communication, facilitate increased competition between private sector firms for public contracts and enhance procurement transparency as a means to prevent corruption.

Ghana's Minister for Finance, Dr Kwabena Duffuor, is also encouraging the country's PPA to achieve greater value for money in its procurement practices, through the development of revised procurement strategies. The Minister stated that improving public procurement and increasing procurement transparency can contribute to greater socio-economic development in the country.

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