Granting the public greater oversight of public procurement is key to tackling corruption, the vice president of Ghana has said.
Speaking at the World Economic Forum African conference in Cape Town, Kwesi Amissah-Arthur said making information about government activity more widely available allows government and parliamentary decisions to be questioned.
"It is transparency that provides the information available that provides the key answer to the question of corruption. Because if you open procurement systems to public interest accountability committees for example, who are appointed by NGOs without government interference who are funded by government to do their work, it is a key in the battle against corruption and maladministration,” he said.
He added the Ghanaian government’s policy over the past 25 years had been political, administrative and fiscal decentralisation “so that people at lower levels of the system are able to get involved in the decision making as to resource allocation.”
Amissah-Arthur praised the role of public interest accountability committees, which have been created in some sectors such as oil and gas, and are made up of people outside government to review the way resources are used and publish reports to highlight and address issues they identify.