PPCC Engages Stakeholders Through Public Awareness Campaigns

In an effort to decentralize public procurement and ensure compliance with the law, the Public Procurement and Concessions Commission, a premium procurement authority in Liberia will on Monday, April 15, 2013, begin the conduct of regional awareness workshops targeting county officials. The workshops officially end on April 22, 2013.

 

The workshops seek to increase public awareness among local government officials and deepen their knowledge and skills in public procurement and to also help them understand the policies, processes and procedures guiding public procurement. The Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA) is providing sponsorship for the workshops through a grant agreement focused on supporting public procurement decentralization.



In January 2012, the Public Procurement and Concession Commission (PPCC), through its Executive Director, Peggy Varfley Meres, entered into a grant agreement with the Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA) to support public procurement decentralization through public awareness campaigns including stakeholders’ engagement. This campaign as contained in the agreement will help to bring the Commission face to face with the main actors in the procurement sector at local government level and also present a clear picture of problems and difficulties often encountered in the implementation of the public procurement reform agenda.


A total of ninety(90) participants drawn from the 15 political subdivisions of Liberia will attend these workshops scheduled to take place at three different venues including Zwedru, Grand Gedeh County, Gbarnga, Bong County, and Tubmanburg, Bomi County. The target participants include Assistant Superintendents for Development, Chairmen of Project Management Committee, County Development Officers, County Accountants, Procurement Officers, and Monitoring and Evaluation Officers.

 

Accordingly, participants from Grand Gedeh, Sinoe, Maryland, Grand Kru, and RiverGee Counties will converge in Zwedru City on April 15, 2013 for the workshop. Other participants representing Nimba, Bong, Grand Bassa, Lofa, and RiverCess Counties will gather in Gbarnga City on April 17, 2013, while those from Montserrado, Margibi, Grand Cape Mount, Bomi, and Gbarpolo Counties, will meet in Tubmanburg, Bomi County, on April 22, 2013.