GHANA ROLLS OUT FIRST E-PROCUREMENT IN WEST AFRICA
Ghana rolls out E-Procurement in West Africa
Ghana has become the first country in the West Africa sub-region to establish an electronic procurement system for the public sector.
This was announced by the Vice President, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, during the launch of Ghana’s Electronic Procurement System named GHANEPS in Accra on Tuesday, 30th April, 2019.
The e-procurement system is designed to address corruption in procurement procedures by minimising human face-to-face interaction, and increase productivity for both Procurement Officers and Service Providers as all manual procurement process and procedures are automated.
As well, Service Providers (Suppliers, Consultants and Contractors) will be able to respond to tenders, seek clarifications and other information from the comfort of their offices via the internet. The time and risks associated with tender submissions will be considerably reduced and/or eliminated.
In addition, there will be a considerable reduction of the use of paper associated with tendering, greater ease in monitoring and audit, increased accuracy in reporting and statistics, increase in participating suppliers in public procurement, increase in the number of tender responses and a reduction in Procurement lead times.
In line with international best practice, Ghana’s E-procurement system uses the Open Contracting Data Standards (OCDS) for its reporting and display of information. In this format, information is available at each stage of the procurement process.
Phase 1 of the e-procurement system has begun with five (5) government agencies – Department of Feeder Roads, Ghana Cocoa Board, Ghana Health Service, Koforidua Technical University and Tema Metropolitan Assembly – with Phase II, covering all 34 Ministries, Public Universities, Metropolitan Assemblies and some selected Departments and Agencies, expected to start at the end of June 2019.