Ghana launches e-Procurement System to enhance transparency in govt business
London, May 2, 2019 (AltAfrica)-Ghana’sVice President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia on Tuesday launched the Ghana Electronic Procurement System (GHANEPS) to enhance fairness, efficiency and transparency of public procurement processes.
The online platform designed by the Public Procurement Authority (PPA) in partnership with the European Dynamics, formed part of the World Bank’s e-Transform Project to help minimise corruption and human interface in the public procurement procedures
The World Bank signed a $97 million financing agreement with Ghana in 2014 towards the implementation of the e-Ghana Procurement Project.
At the official launch of the e-Procurement System in Accra, Vice President Bawumia, in a keynote address, said 660 public entities would be initially enrolled onto the system from the commencement day
While 34 ministries, departments and agencies would be hooked on the platform from June this year, and continued until 2020.
According to Dr Bawumia, the platform would improve value for money, ensure timely declaration of goods and services and enhance coordination and competitiveness of bidding for public contracts.
Vice President Bawumia said the system would eradicate middle men popularly called the “Goro Boys” from the procurement processes.
He said the system would complement other programmes being rolled out by government since it assumed office in 2017.
Such programmes include “soft infrastructure” such as the paperless ports system, smart vehicle registration, digital property address system, national identification system, mobile money interoperability and e-business registration, which would formalise the economy towards achieving the “Ghana beyond aid” agenda.
He said Ghana was the first country in West Africa to have rolled out a e-Procurement System and, thus, made the country a leader in the Sub-region in terms of innovation.
The Vice President reiterated government’s commitment to implement e-Procurement that would minimize corruption, since about 90 percent of public corruption could be attributed to procurement procedures.
“Now the tender boxes will be a thing of the past because your computer is your tender box and ‘goro boys’ will lose their jobs,” he emphasized.
Mr Adjenim Boateng Adjei, the Chief Executive officer (CEO) of the PPA, noted that after about nearly seven years of the e-Ghana Procurement Project, the Akufo-Addo’s administration had shown extra determination to transition key Fiduciary institutions from manual operations to digital systems.
He said the Government’s zeal motivated him to sign a contract with the European Dynamics in May 2017 to rekindle the e-GP Project and kicked started the operationalisation of the novelty system.
“We at the Authority are keen to see to the full and complete implementation of this system across all the public entities as part of the measures to improve fairness, transparency and efficiency in the procurement landscape in the country,” Mr Adjei emphasised.