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Friday, September 18, 2020

Gambian lawmakers receive training on public procurement

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The training came on Wednesday at the National Assembly in Banjul and specifically targeted lawmakers comprising the public accounts and public enterprises committee. 

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In a remark, the speaker of the National Assembly, Abdoulie Bojang said the PAC/PEC is a key stakeholder of the country’s public procurement system. 

Mr Bojang added: “The PAC/PEC regularly reviews the operations of Government ministries and agencies and public enterprises. A key feature of these reviews is of organisations’ procurement performance and compliance with the PPA (2014) where reliance is placed on the GPPA Compliance Audit Review.

“This support is of great assistance in ensuring that our public procurement system is effective and efficient and delivers ‘value for money’. I also note the current transition from the short term to the long term technical assistance and welcome them to this institution.”

He said the training would provide an opportunity for GPPA to cover and clarify key issues of concern to the joint committee and other issues for consideration of the PAC/PEC.

“I also note and applaud GPPA for their significant work in capacitating stakeholders in public procurement and I am aware that this is the seventh training workshop to be delivered since November 2014. Indeed, a similar training workshop for high level officers of 30 procuring organisations was conducted on Thursday 26th February 2015. GPPA has also commenced its annual Compliance Reviews on institutions and agencies of which the first institution was already reviewed.”

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