World Bank Liberia Country Manager, Inguna Dobraja, has pledged the institution’s continued support to strengthen the public procurement process in Liberia.
Ms. Dobraja’s statement pledging the bank’s commitment was read on her behalf by Mr. Michael Sahr, Director of Communication at the World Bank Liberia office.
He spoke Tuesday, October 28, at the PPCC’s Capitol Hill offices in Monrovia during the launch of the Public Procurement and Concessions Commission (PPCC) Strategic Plan in Monrovia.
According to her, the World Bank's twin goals is to end poverty and boost shared growth that are directed towards the Government of Liberia's Agenda for Transformation and Partnership Strategy. She noted that such support was needed by the loss of institutional capacity and human capital across many sectors in Liberia as a result of the 14-year civil conflict.
At the PPCC’s Strategic Plan launch, Ms. Dobraja noted that the Strategic Plan, “is just one example of such support; we want to assure the Government of Liberia that we will continue to be very active in supporting procurement capacity building and strengthening of the procurement profession in the Civil Service.”
Prior to the launch, the Bank had already provided financial support to the PPCC, including the creation of the procurement regulations, establishment of a robust procurement monitoring and compliance system and training of procurement specialists.
PPCC is the first line of defense in this regard and as such, the Procurement regulatory authority has the difficult task of leading procurement reform in the country.
According to WB Liberia Office Country Manager, examples of the Bank’s supported efforts currently being undertaken to strengthen public procurement in the country include: the development of Procurement Regulations and Implementation Manual; and the provision of a consultant to help establish a robust Procurement Monitoring and Compliance System.
All of these activities, Ms. Dobraja stressed, “must now be sustained beyond the project timeline, and we expect the PPCC to continue providing the leadership in this regard.”
“Through the Strategic Plan you are launching today, it is hoped that the PPCC Senior Management, Commissioners, Complaints, Appeals and Review Panel Members, staff and key stakeholders will better understand activities and environment within which the PPCC operates, she told the PPCC Commissioners.”
She added that with the Strategic Plan in place now, the country's procurement efforts and many other functions within PPCC's mandate will be easier as the activities will be better coordinated.