Authorities at the Public Procurement and Concessions Commission (PPCC) on Tuesday launched a five-year strategic plan at the entity’s Capitol Hill offices in Monrovia to strengthen the enforcement of the Public Procurement Commission Act (PPCA).It was developed with funding from the World Bank’s Economic Governance and Institutional Reform Project (EGIRP).The Plan presents the strategic choices the Commission has purposefully chosen to pursue over the next five years (2014 – 2019).Tuesday’s launch coincided with the turning over of the plan to the entity’s new executive director, James Dorbor Jallah, by the Commission Acting chair, Mrs. Esther W. Paegar.According to Mrs. Paegar, the five-year plan seeks to achieve key strategic objectives and desired outcomes through the identified strategic initiatives geared towards enhancing the understanding, and appreciation of political leaders, and heads of public sector institutions, and strengthening enforcement of the PPCA.It also seeks to regulate and hold public entities more accountable in their procurement decisions by developing and implementing an effective Sanction Regime that will motivate public sector entities to comply with the PPCA and its regulations. Additionally, she said that the plan will help to strengthen the capacity and capability of the Commission in the area of monitoring and compliance, and to undertake facts-based monitoring visits and procurement audits, while at the same time strengthening public and institutional understanding and appreciation of the Commission and PPC law. The plan will accordingly, decentralize operations of the Commission to synchronize government’s pending decentralization of political, fiscal and administrative decision-making functions to the counties. This, Mrs. Paegar said, shall be achieved by preparing a comprehensive decentralization strategy that stratifies decentralization activities and movements into short-term, medium-term, and long-term.“This plan shall, therefore, consider the establishment of regional hubs, the establishment of PPCC county offices; the mobilization of the required resources; the planning, organizing and continuous hosting of local government sensitization and procurement training workshops; and the planning and implementing of other regional activities of the Commission.”It is intended to further strengthen public confidence in the integrity of the Concession Granting Process by enhancing the capacity of the Commission in concessions; constructively engaging stakeholders in the concessions domain; co-opting and strengthening civil society organizations (CSOs).It also includes faith-based apex bodies in monitoring the concession granting processes; co-opting other integrity institutions in advocacies to support the full implementation of the PPCA and its regulations.The launch of the Strategic Plan was witnessed by stakeholders and international partners including Ministry of Finance and Development Planning, Liberia Anti Corruption Commission, Governance Commission, USAID-GEMS, and the World Bank.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
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