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28 June 2012 | Kamalpreet Badasha
The Public Procurement Authority (PPA) of Ghana plans to implement an e-procurement system by the end of the year.
The system, which is currently being designed by a consultant from PwC, will be piloted for three years and is being financed by the World Bank. Once in place, it will initially be used by the highest spend departments – the Volta River Authority, Ghana Grid Company Limited, Ghana Cocoa Board, the Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning, and the Ministry of Communications.
The hope is the system will reduce corruption (by increasing transparency of tendering processes), improve coordination between government ministries to develop uniform standards, and increase competition between private sector firms for public sector contracts. The number of public sector contracts has increased significantly in recent years, from 854 in 2008 to 2,561 in 2010.
Thomas Bondzi, senior IT specialist at the PPA told SM: “The system will be rolled out nationally once there is an adequate supporting infrastructure in all government ministries and once suppliers have been educated about it.”