The newly-inaugurated Governing Board of the Public Procurement Authority (PPA) has undertaken to finalize and implement a procurement class within the public sector to help attract competent, ethically-driven and value-adding professionals to the sourcing function.


The Board has also undertaken to collaborate with various academic and training institutions to undertake relevant procurement research and create educational and skills development content relevant to Ghana’s developmental needs.


The Board will also develop a Code of Ethics, champion the establishment of a world class professional body to represent and give a collective voice to procurement practitioners, and appraise the amended Public Procurement Act to ascertain how the objects and independence of the PPA could be further strengthened to support the long-term industrialization and socio-economic development agenda of Ghana.


The Chairman of the Board, Prof. Douglas Boateng, made these commitments when the Board was inaugurated in Accra, yesterday.


Prof.  Boateng said in line with rapidly-emerging global trends, procurement function should be moved to the board room and urged private and public sector decision makers to understand and accept procurement as a fully-fledged strategic function.


He urged Government to accelerate procurement-related human capital development, especially within the public sector and appoint qualified procurement professionals to take full functional responsibility for public sector acquisitions, adding that it was time procurement practitioners practised with a license.


In a statement to inaugurate the Board, Hon. Abena Osei Asare,  Deputy Minister for Finance and Member of Parliament for Atiwa East, urged the Board to comply with section 90 of the Public Financial Management Act, 2016 (Act 921).


Section 90 of Act 921 mandates the Board of State-owned Enterprises (SoEs) to establish and maintain policies, procedures, risk management and internal control systems, and governance and management practices that would ensure that the organization managed its rescues prudently and operate effectively.


Other members of the nine-member Board are Mr Adjenin Boateng, Mr Godfred Yeboah Odame, Dr Emmanuel Yao Boakye and Madam Ernestina Swatson.


The rest are Mrs Stella Dede Williams, Mr Samuel Richard Nee Baidoo, Mr Dave Kofi Owusu and Mad. Patricia Sarfo.


Source: ISD (G.D. Zaney)