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GACC laments lack of information on public procurement [GACC in the News]

The Ghana Anti-Corruption Coalition (GACC) has revealed that many public institutions have failed to published their procurement information on the Ghana Electronic Procurement System (GHANEPS).

The Ghana Anti-Corruption Coalition (GACC) has revealed that many public institutions have failed to published their procurement information on the Ghana Electronic Procurement System (GHANEPS).

This was disclosed in Accra on Tuesday, March 29, 2020, during Procurement 2nd Data Use Workshop organised by the GACC under the theme: “From Disclosure to Impact-Deepening and Broadening Contracting in Africa.

Speaking to journalists and civil society groups, the Executive Secretary of GACC, Mrs. Beauty Emefa Narteh said the project undertaken by the anti-corruption coalition was to ensure transparency and accountability in the area of good governance.

According to her the International Monetary Fund has stated that lack of transparency in Ghana’s procurement sector is a major cause of corruption in the public sector debts.

Mrs. Narteh said the workshop was to build capacity of media and CSOs to appreciate better the issues and help disseminate it to the understanding of the general public.

She added that at GACC, “we believe in partnership building to enhance engagement.”

Presenting a report of findings by GACC, the Communications Officer, Ms. Faustina Djabatey explained that even though the findings of lack information on contracts awarded by state institutions posted on GHANEPS site was not the best but it was an improvement from last year’s report.

According to GACC’s findings which focused on contracts awarded in the health and educations sectors, there were information gap in terms of disclosure on contract awarded.

“What was more intriguing was the information on contract start date and end date were not available for the general public,” Ms. Djabatey stated

The Head of Management Information Systems of Public Procurement Authority (PPA), Mr. Thomas Bondzie in his presentation stated that public procurement amounts to one-fifth of Ghana’s Gross Domestic Product, hence a very important sector to pay much attention to.

Touching on the lack of information on contracts awarded, Mr. Bondzie explained that the contracts under the established category means that the duration of the contract as well as the contract amount is not known due to price fluctuations using drugs supply contract [where the prices can change over time] as an example.

Source: https://myrepubliconline.com/gacc-laments-lack-of-information-on-public-procurement/

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