PPCC Holds Procurement Forum to Create Opportunity for Stocktaking

PPCC Holds Procurement Forum to Create Opportunity for Stocktaking
PPCC Holds Procurement Forum to Create Opportunity for Stocktaking
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The Ball Room of the Monrovia City Hall was on June 30, and July 1, 2016 a scene of attraction when stakeholders from both the private and public sectors met in a brainstorming session to review activities of the Public Procurement and Concessions Commission (PPCC) relative to the implementation of the PPC Act of 2010, as well as to identify areas necessary for further action.


The brainstorming session is part of PPCC’s 2016 Public Procurement Forum organized primarily to create new opportunities for stocktaking of activities and sharing of experiences. Its specific objectives were to review the PPC Act to determine areas where amendments are necessary to ensure efficiency and enhance the effective achievement of its objectives. The session also sought to­ determine the efficiency of collaboration between stakeholders in the public and private sectors involved with procurement and determine avenues for strengthening capacity building of stakeholders involved with procurement. The Forum further sought to review procedures for compliance monitoring of procuring entities and the sanctions regime for non–compliance, as well as deliberate on the USAID-GEMS funded client perception survey which indicated improvement in the conduct of public procurement.

In February 2008 the Public Procurement and Concessions Commission (PPCC) held its first Annual Procurement Forum which gave rise to the amendment and restatement of the PPC Act of 2005. In 2010 the law was amended and restated. The new law addressed some of the critical legal issues which previously presented difficulties in the implementation process. The Schedule of Thresholds was removed from the law, adjusted upward and placed into regulations. This action was necessary to allow changes in the Schedule of Thresholds on a time-to-time basis. The amended and restated PPCA of 2010 became fully operational in September 2010. Section 5(I) of the PPC Act mandates the Commission to hold an annual procurement forum on the status of the implementation of the Law.

The Liberian leader, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf attended the event and delivered a special statement which amongst others thanked the PPCC for helping to ensure proper use of public funds through the utilization of appropriate public procurement and concession procedures,   ensuring that public funds and procurement system contribute to the overall development and government agenda, as well as the building and development of human and institutional capacities for efficient and effective performance in meeting the PPCC requirements;


She thanked the PPCC and its partner (USAID-GEMS) for the launch of the Public Procurement Perception Survey which clearly shows that over 51% of ordinary Liberian view public procurement as corruption free. The Liberian leader recounted efforts made by PPCC to increase participation of Liberian businesses in local procurement tenders.


For his part, PPCC’s Executive Director James Dorbor Jallah, recounted the progress made by the PPCC over the years. He named the establishment of vendor register, hand-holding facility, print shop, and a call center as some of the initiatives established by the PPCC to increase effectiveness and efficiency in public procurement. Mr. Jallah also cited the conduct of several capacity building sessions for procurement practitioners both in public and private sectors, as well as awareness engagement with the media and different stakeholders groups as part of PPCC’s achievements. 


The Executive Director however cited inadequacies of budget and personnel to monitor over 200 procuring entities, non compliance to the PPC Act, and the absence of PPCC in the counties as few of the many challenges confronting the Commission.


Following the opening formalities, the participants were divided into eight (8) thematic groups to discuss, share experiences and advance recommendations or way forward in overcoming the challenges in the implementation of the PPCA. Each group was given the opportunity to present its findings to plenary for possible actions by the PPCC. Discussions focused on the eight thematic areas such as Alignment of Budget and Procurement Planning Processes; Improving Public Procurement Clients Perception; The Public Procurement Bidding Processes; The Concessions Granting Process; PPCC Monitoring Function; Preventing Corrupting in Public Procurement;  Procurement Outside Monrovia: Challenges and Prospects; and Decentralization Policy and Procurement Implication.