Worse performing contractors, suppliers and consultants to be debarred

Joyce Danso, GNA

Accra, Dec. 11, GNA
– Ms Sarah Adwoa Safo, the Minister of State in charge of Public Procurement,
says her office is compiling past and present records of all contractors,
consultants and suppliers to ascertain their performance abilities and their
financial capabilities.

She said the
compilation of the data would help in rating them.

“From this data,
contractors and suppliers and service providers would be rated. Worse
performers would be suspended or debarred for a specific period. This is to ensure
fairness, accountability, integrity, transparency and value for money,” she

The data would,
therefore, “bring sanity in Ghana’s procurement system,” she said.

Ms Safo said this in
a speech read on her behalf at the Ninth Annual Public Procurement Forum of the
Public Procurement Authority (PPA) held in Accra on Wednesday.

It seeks to
brainstorm on how to move public procurement forward by strengthening
Procurement Units within entities.

The forum, on the
theme: “Functional Procurement Units: Key to 
Sustainable Public Procurement System,” would additionally seek views on
the operations of public procurement through the lenses of good governance.

The Public
Procurement Act, 2003 (Act 663), as amended, requires the PPA to ensure that
all procuring entities have functional units within their institutions.

Ms Safo said a
drafted Code of conduct for procurement practitioners had now been forwarded to
the Ministry of Finance and the Office of the Attorney General for review.

She said when the
drafted document was reviewed same would be forwarded to Cabinet for approval.

A breach of the Code
of Conduct would have disciplinary consequences or sanctions, she said.

Ms Safo announced
that her office had also formulated a draft policy for the allocation of at
least 30 per cent of government procurement to companies owned by Women, Youth
and Persons with Disability.

According to her the
move was in line with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Goal One, which
seeks to end poverty in all its forms everywhere and Goal 10 that also seeks to
reduce inequality.

She explained that
the policy was intended to promote inclusiveness, equal opportunity and
treatment in public procurement in Ghana.

“This policy
document is also ready for onward submission to cabinet for approval.”

Ms Safo indicated
that her office and other professional bodies to top management officials and
Regional Coordinating Councils of the six newly created regions to enhance
procurement practice and achieve value for money.