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10 March 2013 | Anna Reynolds
A group has been established by the Ghanaian government to monitor public projects and cut costs, in a bid to strengthen the country’s public procurement law.
Speaking at the launch of the Government-Development Partners Group at Flagstaff House in Accra, Ghanaian president John Dramani Mahama said the group would provide advice on projects and ensure accountability and transparency in public contracts. In future, all government projects in Ghana will have to go through public tenders and selection to ensure winners of contracts are reputable and able to perform.
The group is made up of the minister of finance, governor of the Bank of Ghana, chairman of the National Development Planning Commission – advisors to the president on planning policy - and the cabinet secretary. The development partners consist of foreign ambassadors and bilateral and multi-lateral development groups.
Speaking on behalf of the development partners, ambassador Claude Maeten, leader of the European Union Delegation to Ghana, appealed to the government to build stronger ties with the development partners to make the economy robust to create more jobs and tackle gender inequality in the country.
Maeten added Ghana had a good investment environment but suggested the government build the capacity of domestic businesses to compete with international competitors.
President Mahama said the government would implement further measures to cut down on unnecessary costs, reduce waste in the ministries and departments and ensure effective delivery of projects. He also said people would be held account for delays in dispatching official documents, which hinders the execution of government projects.