Jan 19, 2009, 8:17 AM
Public Procurement Authority/Institute last Thursday held graduation ceremony
for 77 candidates at the Paradise Suites Hotel.
The student graduates honourably received their certificates and diplomas, after successfully completing their courses.
The objectives of the training was to ensure the maintenance of a transparent, efficient and economic public procurement system; provide a fair opportunity for all prospective suppliers of goods, works and consultancy services; and prevent fraud, corruption and other malpractices in public procurement.
It was also meant to improve social and economic capacity in The Gambia by providing opportunities for local small and medium enterprises and individuals to participate in an economic and professional manner as suppliers, contractors and subcontractors in the public procurement arena as well as develop the procurement profession against the backdrop of the current “inadequate” training capacity in The Gambia.
The training was designed with the intention of developing a pool of public procurement personnel with relevant intellectual and practical capacities to assume procurement responsibilities in both the public and private sectors.
Kebba A.M. Sallah, GPPI director, in his welcoming address, said the training agenda included focusing on the responsibilities to be undertaken by the procurement workforce; establishing and coordinating nation-wide plans for training; identifying, seeking and securing financial resources for training.
It was also for adapting international trade centre and other plausible course materials to Gambian circumstances; monitoring and evaluation of success of the training programme; promoting training programmes as well as assessing the impact of the training programmes and updating them as and when necessary.
One of the mandates of the GPPA Act 2014 states the importance to promote the development of a professional procurement workforce, including, organising and conducting training programmes, and developing government policies and programmes aimed at establishing procurement-related positions, career paths and performance incentives.