Need for legislation on prompt payment of contractors – Dogbegah

Accra, July 14, GNA – Mr Rockson Dogbegah, the Construction Sector Chair
of the Association of Ghana Industries, has advocated the need for a
legislation to ensure the prompt payment of contractors.

Mr Dogbegah was speaking when a delegation from the construction sector
of the Association of Ghana Industries (AGI) called on him in Accra.

He said delays in the payment for work done were adversely affecting

The visit was to discuss issues confronting the construction industry
and the possibility of partnering government to provide an enabling environment
for the development of the industry.

It was also to effect stakeholder engagements and policy reform
initiatives that would enhance the capacity and competitiveness of construction
sector service providers in Ghana. 

Mr Dogbegah said the problem of delayed payment was making it difficult
for local contractors to compete with foreign counterparts for donor funded

He said one other issue confronting contractors in the country was the
Formula for building Price Fluctuation Factor which did not adequately
compensate for increments and asked the Government to take a second look.

He stressed the need for the Government, in collaboration with the
private sector, to put in place strong regulatory taskforce to ensure
compliance with health and safety requirements on construction sites.

Mr Kwasi Amoako-Attah, the Minister of Roads and Highways, in his
response, commended the delegation for the rich ideas and knowledge on the road
industry, adding that such meetings should be institutionalised to ensure
frequent sharing of ideas to enhance performance in the sector.

He assured the delegation that the condition of contract and the
legislation on payment of interest on delayed payment was still binding on the

The Minister also promised to take up the safety issues with the
Attorney-General’s Department since an established legislation would provide
grounds for enforcement.

He gave the assurance that the Ministry would take a serious look at
issues of fluctuations and ensure contractors were paid as early as practicable
to avoid such occurrences.

Mr G.J. Brocke, the Chief Director of the Ministry of Transport, said
the Ministry was considering the creation of new opportunities for local
contractors for Public-Private Partnership (PPP) projects.

He said the Ministry would also create opportunities for constant
dialogue with the contractors in order to address issues concerning the sector.


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