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The Mission of the National Public Procurement Authority is to regulate and monitor public procurement in Sierra Leone and to advise Government on issues relating to public procurement.

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  • Thursday, Mar 06 2008

NPPA Sensitizes President Ernest Bai Koroma and Cabinet

In the bid to secure support and political will that will make all Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) of Government follow the rules and regulations of public procurement in Sierra Leone, the National Public Procurement Authority (NPPA) on Thursday 6th March 2008 organized a one-day seminar for President Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma, the Vice President Hon. Sahr Samuel Sam- Sumana, cabinet ministers and their deputies. The theme of the seminar, which took place at State House was: “The Public Procurement Law, its implementing Regulations and the responsibilities of Heads of Entities as key stakeholders”.
The purpose of the seminar was to give the President and his Cabinet a proper understanding of procurement reform in Sierra Leone and its advantages to the Government. Since procurement contributes immensely to the fight against corruption, the Anti- Corruption Commission was also invited, as well as our development partners, namely the World Bank and African Development Bank.

Workshop Objectives:

  • To enhance ministers’ understanding of their roles and responsibilities as heads of procuring entities.
  • To help them distinguish their statutory functions in the procurement process from those of their procurement officers and Procurement Committee members.
  • To help them understand their role as adjudicators in matters of procurement complaints.

Expected Outcomes:

  • At the end of the one-day sensitization workshop, ministers were expected to fully understand their specific roles and responsibilities, and how procurement functions are delegated to the various structures within their entities, namely Procurement Committees and Procurement Units, as required by law.
  • The ministers, as Heads of procuring entities, will be able to properly adjudicate on procurement complaints within the legal time-frame set by the law.
  • Ministers, as Heads of procuring entities and as part of their statutory responsibilities, will ensure that proper procurement planning and records management are undertaken by their institutions. The timely completion of procurement activities and reporting to the National Public Procurement Authority will also become the standard practice in all procuring entities.
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