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28.11.2007 General News

PPA Inaugurates Appeals and Complaints Panel

By ISD, Sheila Halm-Quartey

The Public Procurement Authority (PPA), formerly known as the Public Procurement Board (PPB) has inaugurated a 7-member Appeals and Complaints Panel with representatives from the Attorney General's Office and the Chamber of Commerce with its main task of undertaking Administrative Review of cases brought up by aggrieved parties of the procurement process.

This was disclosed in Accra yesterday by Mr A.B. Adjei, Chief Executive Officer of the Public Procurement Authority (PPA) during a press briefing at the Ministry of Information and National Orientation (MINO).

Mr Adjei said PPA has established a world class, efficient, transparent, accountable and professionally managed public sector procurement system in Ghana, 'PPA establishes the legal and institutional framework for ensuring transparency, probity and accountability in public construction procurement.' He noted.
He said that a projected amount of GH¢199,200,000 has been allocated to enable all 166 districts to construct and tar major roads in their areas of jurisdiction.

As part of the effort to educate the public in public procurement, the C.E.O said 'PPA in conjunction with the Millennium Development Authority is in the process of contracting a consultant to work towards the development of appropriate training modules for courses that will be delivered by accredited institutions for varied certifications'.

He stated that in accordance with the 3-year strategic plan of the PPA, a number of programmes and activities have been set out for 2007-2009 which includes institutionalising capacity building programmes in public entities to make them more efficient in public procurement.

The Deputy Minister for Information who chaired the function encouraged the public not to hesitate to lodge their complaints to the appeals and complaints panel, He  also urged the media to clarify their doubts on how some contracts were awarded.