PPA launches e-government procurement system to enhance transparency

Godwill Arthur-Mensah, GNA

Accra, July 10, GNA – A proposed electronic
government procurement system (e-Ghana project) was launched on Monday by the
Public Procurement Authority (PPA) to strengthen transparency in the country’s
procurement landscape and improve compliance of the procurement laws.

The project was funded by the World Bank at an
estimated cost of US$97 million dollars.

Mr Agyenim Boateng Adjei, the Chief Executive
Officer (CEO) of the PPA, addressing stakeholders at the launch of the proposed
electronic procurement system in Accra, said it would ultimately ensure
efficiency in the delivery of public services and save the public purse.

Outlining some benefits of the system, Mr
Adjei said, it would eliminate human elements in the procurement processes,
eliminate corruption, collusion and fraudulent practices.

He said it formed part of the World Bank’s
e-Ghana project which started in 2011.

He said in 2012 the PPA initiated an
international competitive bidding process to select a consultant to assist them
with the establishment of the e-governance system.

In July 2016, he said the European Dynamics,
an information technology solution provider firm headquartered in Greece was
selected as the application service providers and a contract was signed with
them on May 26 this year.

He said a three-member team from European
Dynamics were in the country from July 10 to 14, to demonstrate how the
proposed system would work and conduct requirement discussions.

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

Mr Adjei noted that the Ministry of
Communications was hosting and facilitating the entire e-Ghana project
otherwise known as the e-transform project.

He stated that the project would also 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.

The CEO of the Authority said the
e-procurement system would improve public access to procurement information and
ensure the availability of procurement functions and transactions.

It would also increase competition and lower
transaction cost and increase private business activation and save revenue for
the country for infrastructure development, he added.

Mr Adjei noted that it was the first time
Ghana had established an electronic centrally-controlled platform for managing
public contracts.

“Suppliers are required to register on online
platform and will be given unique identification reference numbers to enable
them to access the system,” he explained, adding “the qualification and
verification of bidders will be done electronically”.

Mr Angelo Hatzikyriacos, the Project Manager
of the European Dynamics, said the objective of the project was to provide
e-procurement solution and ensure easy access to procurement information.

Currently, he said, the project was at the
Transition phase which would take two months to complete before it moved to the
Testing and Acceptance phase which would involve establishing support
structures, customisation, integration and capacity building for another two

He said it would then move to the Piloting
phase where six public institutions would be selected to test the system.

Mr Nelson Osae, the Project Coordinator of
e-Ghana project, explained that apart from supporting the country’s procurement
processes, it would also support the Immigration Service in visa acquisition

In addition, it would help the Judiciary
Service in the adjudication of cases in the courts, improve the work of
Parliament and enhance information management of the University of Ghana with
the ultimate aim of ensuring efficient delivery of services.


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