UN Women Boss Pays a Courtesy Visit to PPCC

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The head of United Nations Women in Liberia, Madam Comfort Lamptey, paid a courtesy visit to the Public Procurement and Concession Commission (PPCC) and held fruitful discussions with the Chief Executive Officer, Atty. Jargbe Roseline Nagbe Kowo.


Madam Lamptey told the PPCC Boss that her visit was intended to share ideas and brainstorm on possible ways to increase women's participation in public procurement and to also work together to enhance women's capacity to compete with their male counterparts in public procurement. She expressed delight over the level of work that has been done by the PPCC to mainstream gender in public procurement.


The UN Women Boss assured the PPCC of her unflinching commitment to supporting initiatives that provide empowerment for women, including mainstreaming gender in public procurement. She accentuated that her organization would remain engaged with the PPCC in ensuring the objectives of inclusive gender procurement are realized.


For her part, the Chief Executive Officer of the PPCC, Atty. Jargbe Roseline Nagbe-Kowo, thanked Madam Lamptey for the support to the PPCC aimed at empowering women-owned businesses. She mentioned that the PPCC is developing a policy framework that will clearly define women's roles in public procurement. The CEO called for more support to strengthen the capacity of PPCC staff, to adequately respond to issues that affect women's participation in public procurement.

Some members of the PPCC’s Gender Technical Team also attended the meeting and reiterated calls to prioritize women's participation in public procurement processes. They, like the Chief Executive Officer, thanked the UN Women Boss for funding the nationwide survey that sought to identify the challenges that are often encountered by women-owned businesses in accessing public procurement opportunities. They lamented the need to raise the status of women-owned businesses by strengthening their abilities to compete with their male counterparts.