In an effort to enhance capacity building while professionalizing public procurement, the Public Procurement and Concession Commission (PPCC) and its partners have concluded two waves of training in public procurement using the UNDP-CIPS curriculum. The trainings were held from October 20 – 23, and October 26 – 29.
PPCC with support from the UNDP’s Strengthening National Capacities for Development (C4DE) Programme and the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning through the multi-donor funded Integrated Public Financial Management Reform Project (IPFMRP) conducted the “Introductory Certificate in Public Procurement – CIPS Accredited Level 2” training for 90 public procurement practitioners representing 33 government agencies and UNDP.
The launch of CIPS trainings marked another milestone between Government and development partners in strengthening national institutions and peoples’ capacities to engage, plan, manage and deliver on their own development agenda.
The training which was conducted by the UNDP in collaboration with the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (CIPS), headquartered in the United Kingdom, is a foundation course to prepare participants for increasingly advanced trainings within the field of public procurement.
The Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply, UK is one of the leading bodies representing the field of procurement and supply chain management and was jointly awarded with the UNDP the prestigious European Supply Chain Excellence Award 2012/13 for Training and Professional Development.
The hosting of this training is a part of the PPCC’s capacity-building initiatives to address the human resource constraints faced by many government institutions as it relates to the administration of procurement, with the view to enhance the levels of efficiency and value for money in facilitating the national development agenda of Liberia.
According to the Head of the Commission James Dorbor Jallah, PPCC as an enabling regulator deems the trainings as very pertinent to the professional growth and development of procurement practitioners, as well as to the strengthening of institutional capacity within procuring entities.
“The Public Procurement and Concessions Commission envisions providing this training to all qualified public procurement practitioners over the next few years, as the certification to be obtained thereafter will eventually become a requirement for practice within the public sector,” Jallah said.
Mr. Jallah noted that following certification from this training, a professional standards body will be established to regulate admission into, and practice within, the public procurement system.
“The PPCC remains grateful to the UNDP’s C4DE and the IPFMRP for their continued support to the public procurement reforms in Liberia,” he intimated.
Mr. Jallah mentioned that UNDP’s support to this initiative is pursuant to a study conducted in 2012/13 which revealed that there is a huge capacity deficit in the field of public procurement which must be adequately addressed to ensure the effective and efficient administration of procurement across the government.
“It is worth noting that as part of UNDP’s efforts toward building public procurement capacity its C4DE Program also provided assistance for the establishment of the Hand-Holding Project, which has significantly increased the PPCC’s opportunities for outreach and capacity-building,” Jallah stressed.
He pointed out that similarly, the IPFMRP continues to support the PPCC through both human and institutional capacity-building initiatives, and it has provided several pieces of logistical equipment to facilitate implementation of the Commission’s mandate.
As a result of the IPFMRP’s support to the PPCC, according to Mr. Jallah, a state-of-the-art heavy duty printer was acquired to set up a print shop to enhance the PPCC’s operations as well as its upcoming initiative to provide support to procuring entities.