Vice President Joseph N. Boakai has said each Liberian has a part to play in building a nation that encourages Liberians to take their individual parts seriously and give their best.
Veep Boakai made the remark last Friday at the Monrovia City Hall during the official launch of the Client Perception Survey Report, which was conducted by the Public Procurement Concessions Commission (PPCC) in collaboration with the United States Agency for International Development’s Governance and Economic Management Support Project (USAID-GEMS).
He congratulated authorities of the PPCC for their continuous efforts to ensure that the public procurement reform agenda is implemented in such a manner that promotes the growth of the economy.
“The survey seeks to foster open governance. When a government interacts with its citizens to understand public perception, it is a demonstration of good will for continuous improvement, which is also an indication of its commitment to championing transparency as its hallmark,” VP Boakai stressed.
Vice President Boakai called on other government institutions to conduct similar exercises to move Liberia forward.
“I find this occasion very important because it goes a long way to show that the PPCC is a focused, methodical and progressive institution seeking to deliver the best quality of service to the Liberian people in keeping with its mandate. The PPCC has opened itself to public scrutiny in such an objective manner to be able to obtain feedback to make things work better for the people,” he said.
He added “I would therefore like to encourage all of us to take our individual parts seriously, and give our best, as the little steps that we take singularly will eventually come together for the good of this state.”
Chief Executive Officer of the Public Procurement Concessions Commission (PPCC), James Dorbor Jallah said the results of the 2016 survey reveal many positives aspects to the extent that general perception of public procurement system is improving.
“The survey targeted public procurement practitioners, vendors and end-users and it is a follow-up to similar previous assessment that was carried out in 2013. PPCC is excited about the results of the recently concluded survey, which will be launched at the Monrovia City Hall,” he said.
Discussing other issues, Mr. Jallah said the Public Procurement and Concessions Commission Act of 2010 mandates the commission to host an annual forum to obtain feedback on the implementation of the act to inform improvements and subsequent modifications to the legal statute as well as the system and procedures.
“The hosting of this annual forum has been irregular over the years since 2008, and our team is committed now to have it annually as required, beginning this year.
The event is slated for Thursday June 23, and President Sirleaf will also grace the occasion, including the diplomatic corps, members of the three branches of government, international partners, business community, and civil society organizations,” he said.
He stressed that the commission will use the forum as a medium through which an open conversation can be held on the impact of public procurement reforms on the national development agenda.