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Taking forward public procurement reforms in Ghana

Anvuur, A; Kumaraswamy, M; Male, S; (2006) Taking forward public procurement reforms in Ghana. In: Serpell, A, (ed.) CIB: Rotterdam, Netherlands. Green open access

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Abstract

The construction industry in Ghana, like many others worldwide, has had its fair share of damning independent reviews. Huge and unsustainable foreign debt, excessive budget deficits, huge contractual payment arrears, poor construction performance, corruption and pressure from international financial institutions, forced the government to commit to a reform of public procurement, which culminated in the passing of the Public Procurement Act, 2003 (Act 663). The paper outlines the events leading to, and features of, the public procurement reform in Ghana and analyses its potential impact and the unique challenges it presents. Comparisons are also drawn from relevant scenarios in other countries. The paper concludes that while the Procurement Act sets out the legal, institutional and regulatory framework to secure fiscal transparency and public accountability, the sole reliance on traditional contracting and price-based selection limits the scope for the value for money achievable. Expanding the reforms to cover procurement and project delivery methods and strategies, with a focus on ‘best value’, will increase the potential and likelihood of achieving value for money in public construction in Ghana.

Type: Proceedings paper
Title: Taking forward public procurement reforms in Ghana
ISBN-13: 9789561408647
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Publisher version: http://www.cibworld.info/site/home/index.html
Keywords: Construction performance, Ghana, procurement reform, value for money, VfM
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/20491
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