Public Procurement Authority (GPPA) and various stakeholders within government
departments last, week validated Gambia’s draft of grants Bill at Sunset Beach
hotel. The four-day validation was supported by the European Union.
Abdoulie Tambedou, Managing Director of GPPA said the European Union is currently providing technical assistance to them to enhance institutional capacity.
According to him, with close to 70% of government budget being expended through public procurement, reforms aimed at improving the public procurement system will ensure the optimal utilisation of their meagre resources.
He said with grant inflows representing close to half of most developing countries’ annual inflows, including The Gambia, if reforms that aim at ensuring implementation of the grants are handled through country system, they will help in improving capacity in management of projects.
Permanent secretary at the Ministry of finance, Ada Gaye said the purpose of the bill is to improve rules for the regulation of grants awarded to the government of The Gambia, ministries, local government institutions, district authorities and other government agencies.
She said the government is cognizant of the huge resources disbursed through grants but unfortunately the current Gambian public procurement framework does not handle grant regulations.
Consultant Ignacio Nuho Villar said EU is closely partnering with the new government to help stabilise and reform The Gambia, based on democratic and human rights values. He said in 2017, EU decided to give budget support to The Gambia to help government implement the democratic and economic reforms as defined in the National Development Plan, using country system.