GHANEPS Steering Committee Inaugurated –

Members of the committee

THE PUBLIC Procurement Authority (PPA) has inaugurated and sworn in a 17-member Steering Committee to oversee the implementation of the Ghana Electronic Procurement System (GHANEPS).

GHANEPS is being implemented under the eTransform Project with funding from the World Bank.

Frank Mante, acting Chief Executive of Public Procurement Authority (PPA) and chairman of the Steering Committee, indicated that for the successful implementation of GHANEPS, it was imperative for key stakeholders to collaborate and co-ordinate.

He said the implementation of GHANEPS involved getting all the stakeholders to buy in and adopt the platform for day-to-day procurement activities.

Members of the committee include Augustine Blay, Secretary to the Vice-President; Eric Victor Appiah from PPA; Ruth Ferkah representing the Ministry of Communication; Rebecca Okai Hammond representing the e-Transform Project; Golda G. Asante from the Office of the Head of Local Government Service; Fred Charles Forson representing the Office of the Head of the Civil Service; Raynold Quarshie from the Ministry of Justice and Attorney General; and Alexander Koomson, representing the Ghana Audit Service.

The rest are Marian Deladam of the Internal Audit Agency; Frank Ademan representing State Interest and Governance Authority; Kwame Jantuah of the Association on Ghana Industries (AGI); Beauty Emefa Narteh of the Ghana Anti-Corruption Coalition; Stella Addo of Chattered Institute of Procurement and Supply Chain (CIPS); Araba Kudiabor representing the Ghana Health Service; a representative from the Ministry of Finance and a representative of the Ghana Institute of Engineers. Kwame Prempeh, the Deputy Chief Executive of PPA, who leads the GHANEPS Secretariat, will serve as Secretary to the Steering Committee.

The committee was sworn in by the out-going Chairman of PPA, Professor Douglas Boateng. He urged members to be committed to this important national assignment and emphasised that, e-Procurement was the future and GHANEPS stood to save the country millions of dollars on annual basis.

The mandate of the Steering Committee, among others, includes the facilitation and provision of inputs to the formulation of policies and procedures required for the implementation to enhance the rate of adoption.

The roll-out has been ongoing since 2019 and there are currently 242 public entities on the system. The expectation is to have the entire estimated 660 Public Entities on the system by October 2023. This includes all MDAs, MMDAs, State Owned Enterprises, Hospitals and Tertiary institutions.

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