World Bank funded Procurement School opens to Academic Work

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The Government of Liberia in collaboration with the World Bank has officially declared the Intensive Procurement Training Program(IPTP) open to academic work.

The IPTP is a World Bank funded capacity building initiative geared towards training procurement cadre to address the huge capacity gap that exists in ministries and agencies of government. Twenty five (25) young Liberians are enrolled in the program and are expected to receive diplomas in Procurement following a one year intensive training in various procurement courses.   

Making the declaration on Friday, June 15, 2012 in Monrovia, the Deputy Finance Minister for Administration, Hon. Jordan Sulonteh, said the opening of IPTP in Liberia is a major boost in the fight against corruption and waste of public funds because individuals trained by the school will bring innovation and raise the standard of procurement practitioners in Government ministries and agencies. He warned that unless Liberians learn to professionalize procurement and do what is required, taxpayers’ money will continue to lend in private pockets. He thanked the Work Bank office in Liberia for funding the establishment of the school and helping to professionalize procurement in Liberia. The Deputy Finance Minister challenged the students to take advantage of the opportunity and make the best use of what is being offered by the school.

Others, including Commissioner Charles E. Collins, Sr., who spoke on behalf of the Public Procurement and Concessions Commission (PPCC), thanked the World Bank for its assistance to the reform program. Commissioner Collins assured the World Bank of PPCC’s continued commitment and collaboration in all undertakings geared toward professionalizing procurement in the country. He admonished the Students to be steadfast in the pursuit of their studies.
Making remarks on behalf of the World Bank, Mr. Allan Rotman, reassured the Liberian Government of the World Bank’s commitment to the people of Liberia and the newly established procurement program. He said the World Bank will ensure the institutionalization of procurement in Liberia. Several officials of Government and the World Bank including Hon. Dr. C. William Allen, Director General of the Civil Service Agency(CSA), Hon. Peggy Varfley Meres, Executive Director, Public Procurement and Concessions Commission(PPCC), among others attended the ceremony.

It can be recalled that on November 28, 2011, the Government of Ghana, represented by the Ghana Public Procurement Authority (PPA), presented a full set of procurement curriculum and training materials to the Public Procurement and Concessions Commission. The presentation, supported by the World Bank is in furtherance of procurement reforms in the West African sub-region.

Taking delivery of the set of materials, PPCC Executive Director Peggy Varfley-Meres, lauded the World Bank family for the initiative, which she said will strengthen Liberia’s procurement program and enhance the capacity of procurement practitioners in Liberia. Mrs. Meres urged the World Bank and the PPA of Ghana to remain professionally and financially engaged with the Commission in its drive to reform Liberia’s public sector. The presentation was made possible through the initiative of Executive Director Meres, when she made a representation at the Ghana PPA during one of her official visits.  

The set of materials, including a curricula and modules as well as accompanying lecture notes in both hard and soft copies will support in-service training of existing procurement officers in ministries and agencies to improve their performance as well as support the professionalization of the public procurement function in Liberia. Students enrolled in the Financial Management Training School, Liberia Institute for Public Administration, and public sector employees will benefit from this initiative.          

The development of the materials was sponsored by the Millennium Development Authority (MIDA) of Ghana, with funding from the Millennium Challenge Corporation of the USA (MCC).The materials were initially developed for students specializing in procurement at the tertiary level education in Ghana.