President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has commended the Public Procurement and Concessions Commission - established 10 years ago for spearheading and guiding the process of ensuring the economic and efficient use of public funds in public procurement, and to ensure that public procurement and concession processes are conducted in a fair, transparent, and non-discriminatory manner.
According to an executive Mansion release, President Sirleaf was speaking on Thursday, June 30, 2016 at the Monrovia City Hall during the PPCC Annual Forum with a view to sharing experiences on the recent Procurement Client Perception Survey conducted, improved ratings of efficiency in the public procurement system, and at least 51% of ordinary Liberians' view on the public procurement system as being corruption-free.
She alluded to the significant improvement in human and institutional capacity in our government as well as in the private sector, which is an indispensable partner in our national development.
Importantly the Liberia leader said, there is increased participation of Liberian businesses in the first year of implementation of the Small Business Empowerment Act, adding: "I am pleased that today we have 177 registered Liberia firms who will benefit from over US$90 million of our projected US$200-million-dollar procurement expenditure, exclusively set aside for Liberian businesses. This is in fulfillment of our promise to give to Liberian businesses at least 25% of the government's overall procurement budget. The result is relatively small in the first year of implementation, but I am confident that our target benefits to our Liberian businesses will be achieved".
She said Liberia is proud today for the significant and dramatic shift from the past, which was laden with a high level of inefficiency and systemic corruption, to public procurement and concessions systems that are working to promote the economic development of Liberia in a fair and transparent manner while equally confident that despite the setbacks, our peace will be sustained and the road ahead will be easier.
President Sirleaf added that as we assess how far we have come and to decide on concrete action steps that will work towards the continuous improvement of our current systems and processes, we are poised to foster development in every sector of our economy.
"Let us not just talk but commit to action, action that will see Liberian businesses grow into multi-million dollar enterprises; action that will see improvement in the quality of education and healthcare, action that will provide opportunities for our young people to maximize their God-given potentials" - she stressed.
She said that The goals are achievable through a better functioning public procurement and concessions system, and as a demonstration of leadership in recognition of the results of progress to date, promised renewed commitment of unwavering support to the Public Procurement and Concessions Commission and called on all procuring entities to strive to be in compliance, to submit and adhere to procurement plans, to utilize open and competitive methods that promote fairness and transparency, to increase the level of efficiency to ensure that much needed goods, works and services are delivered to our people without unnecessary delay.
She then congratulated the Chairman and Board of Commissioners of the Public Procurement and Concessions Commission, as well as its Executive Director for the commitment that has brought about the level of progress that we are experiencing in public procurement today and thanked our development partners for the support while looking forward to their deeper involvement in building and maintaining the confidence required in our public financial management systems.
"As I open this annual forum to discuss the status of implementation of the Amended and Restated Public Procurement and Concessions Act, I would like to call your attention to the fact that this is one of very few chances that we have to set the tone that will transform this country into the Liberia that we all want to see. Let us seize the moment, for it is now" she concluded.
Source: Executive Mansion