GCCI, GPPA on institutional capacity awareness on procurement regulations

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

The Gambia Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GCCI) in partnership with the Gambia Public Procurement Authority (GPPA) has conducted capacity-building training course for big companies, in a bid to expose them to the public procurement system.

The training session was held at the EMPRETEC office in Bakau on Thursday, where more than 20 participants converged and shared experiences and expertise on the public procurement Act.

Speaking at the opening session, a representative from GCCI, the Director of Corporate Services, Beatrice Prom, said the training course was for public procurement for bigger enterprises, because they felt that such training for this bigger enterprises was a necessity, as most of these businesspeople are not conversant with the public procurement laws, rules and regulations.

The training would greatly impact on their everyday work, adding that it focused on bidding and how to prepare the documentation.

She expressed appreciation and thanked all those partners that made it possible to train their members on how to prepare bidding documents, and on how to participate successful in any bidding with government.

According to Prom, this particular training course on procurement was meant for those businesses that want to bid for products and services to the government.

“This year, GCCI is celebrating its 50 years anniversary, and these are all innovative persons that are coming up to enlighten our members.”

She advised the participants to disseminate the information about the existence of the public procurement law.

Pierre Walter Chery, head of Administration and marketing at GNIC Company, said the training course was purely on public procurement and it looks at the procurement Act, and also the regulation on procurement.

Procurement has to be transparent, efficient, economic, and accountable, he said, adding that they dilated on two areas on effectiveness and efficiency.

Where effective means doing the right thing, and efficiency means doing the right thing in the right way.

He said the government as a public institution has their Act that is their guideline on how to go about procurement; so they in the private sector need to know this, so that they are able to do business with government in an effective, efficient, transparent and accountable manner.

He also advised the participants that when they go back to their respective offices they should be careful how to do procurement, and avoid bribery, corruption or lobbying.

Chery commended GCCI and GPPA for organizing the training course that would go a long way in helping them know more about the public procurement Act.

Awa Jallow from TAKAFUL Insurance Company and Mrs Anna Njie Samba from Prime Insurance Company both said the training was very important, because they do engage the government on tendering.

Author: Abdoulie Nyockeh