Procurement Officers To Undergo Training

procument officersThe Public Procurement Authority (PPA) has launched a nationwide three-month training programme for public institutions to enhance sustainable procurement processes.

It forms part of a three-year strategic project, which started in 2010 with a 2.7 million dollar grant from the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO).

Dubbed, Sustainable Public Procurement (SPP), the training being organised on regional basis beginning with the Greater Accra Region, is expected to upgrade the knowledge of all public procurement officers on best practices.

Speaking at the opening session for institutions in Greater Accra region on Monday at Dodowa, the chairman of the SPP, Mr. Albert Ayeh Ogyiri, urged public procurement officers in the country to take bold and professional decisions independent of pressures from their superiors in their institutions.

He reminded the officers that they were obliged to adhere to procurement processes that were in accordance with the laws and ethics of their profession.

According to Mr Ogyiri, a procurement officer was supposed to ensure that there was transparency, accountability, and sustainability in procurement processes.

“Officers are also obliged to carry out procurement orders that have positive environmental, social and economic consequences on society”, he stressed.

The chief executive of PPA, Mr. Samuel Sallas-Mensah, urged procurement officers to make judicious use of the resources available to their institutions, and charged them to abreast themselves with the requisite skills and knowledge to enable them to surmount challenges confronting their institutions.

“Issues like waste management, poverty alleviation and uneconomic use of resources such as the misuse of papers in offices are challenges we face and public procurement should be used in  addressing them”, he said.

Mr Sallas-Mensah said the main project since its inception in 2010 had helped to establish a task force to support PPA in introducing into the country’s public procurement system.

By Charles Amankwa

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