To accelerate the rate of implementation of planned activities and to forestall procurement irregularities by the Government of Ghana Capacity Development Mechanism (CDM) beneficiary organizations, the CDM Secretariat in collaboration with the Ministry of Finance is organising a two-day Training Workshop in Public Procurement Act (Act. 663) for Directors, Heads of Departments, Divisions, and Sections/Units across the Public Service.
The two-day workshop of five batches is to equip and update the knowledge of Directors, Heads of Departments, Divisions, and Sections/Units from the procurement, stores, central administration, account and other departments with current trends in that field. The first batch of two groups commenced on Monday, 26th January, 2015 and ends on Tuesday 27th January, 2015. The second batch will commence from the 28th -29th January, 2015, the third batch from the 2nd – 3rd February, 2015, the fourth batch from the 4th – 5th February, 2015. The last batch will commence from the 9th -10th of February, 2015. This procurement training workshop is the second of the series of training workshops being organised by CDM.
It would be recalled that a similar workshop for 104 officers in December 2014 at the same venue for Heads of Procurement Units across the Public sector.
The Workshop, which commenced at the Civil Service Training Centre from the 26th January, 2015 to 10th February, 2015 is expected to be attended by three hundred and twenty (320) participants drawn from the public service.
The highly interactive, hands-on training is being facilitated by Nana Asiedu Kotwi, Mr. Stephen Tackie, Mr. Andrew Baafi and Mr. John MacCarthy from the Public Procurement Authority (PPA) in Ghana. The four facilitators, who would train the staff, are taking participants through introduction to procurement, procurement procedures/structures, understanding the various procurement methods, overview of the procurement cycle, procurement planning and introduction to technical specifications.
Opening the workshop, the Chairperson of the CDM Implementation Steering Committee, Mrs Bridget Katsriku , indicated that the course has become necessary because the audit of the implementation of the CDM revealed procurement irregularities by the beneficiary organisations. To reduce the audit queries there is the need to deepen the knowledge and responsibilities of those involved in the procurement process of their respective organisations. She also noted that because the funds were limited a few organisations were selected for the pilot training.
The CDM National Coordinator, Mr. Louis Amo, indicated that the objective of the workshop is to deepen the knowledge of the participants in understanding of the roles and responsibilities under the public procurement act (Act 663) to ensure efficiency, effectiveness and timeliness in the procurement process across the public service.
He enjoined the participants to take the training seriously and bring the knowledge that would be acquired to bear in the performance of their work. The course content was tailored to reflect common public procurement rules, policies, practices and procedures.