The Board Chairman of the Public Procurement Authority (PPA), Prof. Douglas Boateng, has hinted of the Board’s intention to finalize and implement a procurement class within the public sector to help build competency of officers the sector.
He said this will also bring about ethically driven and value adding professionals to the sourcing function so as to resolve challenges associated with huge losses.
Prof. Douglas said this at a swearing-in ceremony of the reconstituted Board.
As a supervisory body, he said they are committed to collaborate with various academicians and training institutions to undertake relevant procurement research while creating educational and skills development content that are relevant to Ghana’s developmental needs.
According to him, they will assist with the preparation and publication of comprehensive and impartial guiding code of ethics for all procurement related functional custodians.
Prof. Douglas said the Board plans to strategically partner and create a common local and internationally acceptable procurement and other aspects of supply chain management vocabulary for all professions and sectors to use a reference guide.
“These include engineering, law, marketing, healthcare, agriculture, manufacturing, construction, services finance, trade among others,” he posited.
In addition, the board chairman emphasized that they will champion the establishment of a world class but truly local professional body to represent and give collective voice to the nation’s procurement practitioners.
He emphasized that they will further appraise the amended Act 663 to ascertain how the objects and independence of the Authority can be further strengthened to support the long term industrialization and socio-economic developmental agenda of Ghana.
”We pledge to bring our varied and rich professional experiences to bear and to pursue in particular, a public procurement professionalization agenda that supports not only government’s long-term public financial management and expenditure objectives but also its strategic drive to ethically and economically empower value driven Ghanaians facilitate job creation locally, revive vertical specific industries in support of the country and UN sustainable development goals,” he intimated.
According to him, just like law, medicine and accounting, procurement practitioners must have a license to practice.
Members of the Board include Adjenim Boateng Adjei, Godfred Yeboah Dame, Dr. Emmanuel Yaw Boakye, Madam Ernestina Swatson, Madam Stella Dede Williams, Samuel Richard Nee Baidoo, Dave Kofi Owusu, Madam Patricia Safo.
Source: Abubakari Seidu Ajarfor