Chartered Institute of Supply Chain Management (CISCM) | The Public Procurement Authority (PPA) on Friday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Commerce Edge Advisory Services of South Africa to provide a comprehensive Certification and Licensing Programme for Public Procurement Practitioners in Ghana.
Key deliverables of the MoU include the development of a formal local supply chain qualification for Ghana; Certification of Local Practitioners and Work based integration programmes.
The rest are: integration of online platforms, Procurement Supply Competency Assessment Tools, Short courses and Work-based integration, Publication of Procurement Journals and the organisation of an Annual West African Procurement and Enterprise Development Summit.
At the signing ceremony in Accra, Mr Agyenim Boateng Adjei, the Chief Executive Officer of PPA, said the collaboration would strengthen the implementation of section (3) K of the Public Procurement Act, 2003 (Act 663) as amended, which enjoins the PPA to develop, promote and support training and professional development of persons engaged in the public procurement and ensure adherence by the trained persons to ethical standards.
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Mr. Adjei gave the assurance that the operationalisation of the MoU would recognise and ensure active involvement of procurement and supply chain professional bodies, including the Chartered Institute of Supply Chain Management (CISCM), Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply (CIPS) and the Ghana Institute of Procurement and Supply (GIPS).
He said they would be strongly represented in all committees and sub-committees of the Certificated and Competency assessment programmes.
“This partnership with Commerce Edge would be centred on the broader perspective of supply chain management to bring all industry players within the various chains of activities that complement the effective management of the supply chain function,” Mr Adjei pointed out.
The CEO of PPA noted that procurement was a major component of the chain of activities within the Supply Chain framework, but would be unable to attain the full benefits of its functionality until aligned with other equally essential components of the supply chain, such as Stores and Inventory Control, Transport and Distribution, Procurement/Production Planning and Contract Management.
He explained that industry players would have the benefit of having a one stop-shop training and skill development centre to cater for all their personal working within the supply chain framework for enhanced efficiency and productivity to bring about the desired savings and contribute effectively to their organisational profitability.
Mr Andre Coetzee, the Managing Director of Commerce Edge Advisory Services, in charge of Africa region, said the operationalisation of the MoU would improve good governance and accountability in the public procurement space and supply chain management in Ghana.
He acknowledged the significance of the Edge’s collaboration with PPA, noting that, it would enhance professionalism and competency in the procurement industry and aid in achieving the “Ghana beyond Aid” agenda.
Ms Sarah Adwoa Safo, the Minister of State in charge of Public Procurement, said the partnership was positive because it would benchmark the code of ethics of procurement practitioners against international best practices and sanction offenders appropriately.
The Minister said it would also help check corruption in public procurement space, ensure value for money, integrity, accountability and aid the government’s vision of moving “Ghana beyond Aid”.