Ghanaian government urged to implement sustainable procurement

15 March 2013

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15 March 2013 | Anna Reynolds

The CEO of the Public Procurement Authority (PPA) in Ghana has called on the government to implement the Sustainable Public Procurement (SPP) policy to increase opportunities for SMEs and women-owned businesses.

The SPP is a collaborative effort between the PPA and the Swiss government to improve public procurement practices across Ghana. The Swiss government has given a $2.7 million (£1.8 million) grant to fund the three-year project. Currently it is not compulsory to follow the SPP.

Speaking at the opening session of a pilot training scheme for procurement practitioners on the SPP in Koforidua, Samuel Sallas-Mensah said the SPP would increase opportunities for small businesses and female entrepreneurs in government procurement processes, as there would be greater demand for pollution prevention services and environmental management skills.

Mensah appealed to the government to set aside a percentage of all its contracts for these groups. “A policy that seeks to improve incomes for women businesses through government contracts is a wise one and must be embraced since it results in poverty alleviation and wealth creation,” he said.

He also urged the government to publicly disclose its demand for sustainable goods and services which would encourage the private sector to invest in and deliver more sustainable goods.

He added the policy would benefit the sustainable development of the country: “Waste management and economic use of resources are some obvious challenges we face and sustainable public procurement can help address them to a large extent.”

John Afari Idan, CEO of Biogas Technologies Africa, who also spoke at the event, stressed to participants that their role in public procurement is not just about buying, but adding value to what they buy.

The SPP policy aims to redesign tender documents, train procurement officers and consultants, develop government policy on sustainable purchasing and create awareness programmes for public organisations.

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