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Ghana deepening contracts’ transparency, unveils public procurement database portal

To fall in line with modernism in terms of ensuring higher level of information, publicity and transparency on public procurement issues, the government of Ghana has unveiled Public Procurement Database Registration Portal.

The website will be managed by the Ghana Public Procurement Authority (PPA).

Accordingly, government is directing all suppliers, contractors and consultants interested in government tenders to as a matter of law, register with valid documents as per supplier qualification requirements of Section 22 of Act 663 as amended.

A statement issued by the agency made it clear that the registration could be done on the newly developed Centralised Supplier Registration Portal available on www.ppaghana.org at an initial registration fee of GH¢300 and $200 for local and foreign firms respectively, using any of the electronic payment systems.

In his remarks at the launch of the portal in Accra, Chief Executive Officer, PPA, Mr. Agyenim Boateng Adjei, made it clear that “We wish to assure the Public that these documentations will be taken through rigorous vetting process for verification and validation to establish their credibility to engage in Government of Ghana tenders and execute contracts.”

Apart from ending the recurring burden of multiple registrations at various procuring entities, which eventually increases their cost of doing business, Adjei noted that “the process would bring about a number of benefits, such as procuring entities having the necessary assurances that these service providers enlisted on the PPA database were credible and worthy of transacting business with government, especially when they would have to rely on this database for the selection of service providers for Single Source, Restricted Tendering and Request for Quotations procurement methods or even other procurement procedures such as Framework Agreements”.

However, he revealed that a number of mandatory eligibility documents are required as attachment to the registration application including Business Registration Certificates (including incorporation, Form 3 and Form B), valid Value Added Tax (VAT) Registration Certificate, and valid Social Security and National Insurance Trust (SSNIT).

Others are Ministry of Works and Housing Certificate, Labour Certificate (where applicable) and Ministry of Roads and Highways Certificate.

He said Pursuant to Section 3(p) of the Public Procurement Act, 2003 (Act 663) as amended, the PPA is required to maintain a comprehensive Supplier’s Database.