A bold step has been taken by the regulator of public procurement, Public Procurement Authority (PPA) in their quest to address the issue of supplier eligibility in the country’s Public Procurement System which has been a worrying to contractors as well as procure entities and service providers by launching a Supplier Data Base to enhance the process of validating suppler eligibility for government contracts.
The Supplier Data Base, a policy intervention is to enforce Section 22 of the Procurement Act, 2003 (Act 663) as amended which provides among others that, a tenderer in public procurement must possess the necessary professional and technical qualifications and competence; financial resources equipment and other physical facilities; managerial capability, reliability, experience in the procurement object and reputation and qualified personnel to perform the procurement contract.
Speaking at the official launch of the Data Base in Accra, the Chief Executive Officer of the National Procurement Authority, Mr. Agyanim Boateng Adjei, indicated that, “It is expected a tenderer will have a legal capacity to enter into contract, be solvent, not be in receivership, bankrupt or the process of being wound up and not have its business activities suspended or not be the subject of legal proceedings that would materially affect its capacity to enter into contract”.
Adding that, firm desirous of participating in government tenderers must have fulfilled their obligations to pay taxes and social security contributions.
With regards to requirement needed, he opined that, it is of importance for all suppliers, contractors and consultants interested in participating in government tenders must as a matter of law have certain valid documentations and certifications such as commencement certificates of firms, VAT registration and tax clearance certificates as well as social security certificates as stated in the standard tenderer documents (STDs) constituting commercial responsiveness of tenderer and general eligibility of supplier during tender evaluations.
This, he said will enable them to register on the Authority newly developed centralized supplier registration portal available on their site, www.ppaghana.org with an initial registration fee of three hundred Ghana cedis ( GHC300) for local firms whilst two hundred dollars ( $200) for foreign firms.
Mr. Adjei therefore assured the public that, contractors and suppliers’ documentation will be taken through a rigorous vetting process for verification and validation to establish their credibility.