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The Ghana government is redesigning its Standard Tender Documents (STDs) to boost sustainability in the procurement process.
The overhaul, being carried out by the Public Procurement Authority (PPA), will incorporate social, economic and environmental factors into STDs, as well as increasing accountability and transparency.
The work is part of the Sustainable Public Procurement project, a three-year joint venture between the PPA and the Swiss government, which has provided a $2.7 million grant.
A PPA spokesman said: “The review of the current STDs has become necessary, especially at a time when the public is demanding accountability and transparency in the conduct of procurement using public funds. The authority believes the review of the STDs for procurement of goods, works and services is a major milestone in the entrenchment of the gains from the country’s public procurement reforms, and it will adequately serve various stakeholders.
“Sustainable public procurement is a process whereby public institutions meet their needs for goods, services and works in a way that achieves value for money on a whole life-cycle basis in terms of generating benefits not only to the institution, but also society and the economy, while minimising damage to the environment.”
The work comes as the country’s Public Procurement Act 2003 is being amended, including moves to “embed” principles of sustainability.