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  1. Presentation on the PUBLIC PROCUREMENT TO SPENDING OFFICERS AT KNUST. BY EDWARD NKETIA-ASANTE DIRECTOR OF PROCUREMENT - KNUST

  2. MEANING OF PUBLIC PROCUREMENT • Public Procurement is made up of defined Rules, Methods, Processes and Procedures by which Government Institutions are mandated by law to use to acquire goods, services and works using public funds. • The Law governing procurement in Ghana is called the Public Procurement Law, 2003, ACT 663.

  3. OBJECTIVES OF ACT 663 • To harmonize the processes of Public Procurement in the public service. • To secure a judicious, economic and efficient use of state resources. i.e. Procuring; • The Right Quantity; • At the Right Price; • From Right Supplier; and to be • Delivered to the Right Place and at the Right Time. • To ensure that Public Procurement is Fair, Transparent and Non-Discriminatory.

  4. Strategic Importance of Public Procurment • Ensures timely delivery of goods and services and completion of projects. – By Planning. • Ensures sound financial management by achieving value for money in the organizations’ expenditure – By Competitive Participation. • Reduces corruption - By Ensuring Transparency and Fairness in the Procurement Processes. • Encourages private sector growth and investment – By Opening Tender Publicly.

  5. THE SCOPE OF APPLICATION OF ACT 663 The Act applies to: • the procurement of Goods, Works and Services financed in whole or in part from public funds. • Disposal of public stores and equipment. • Procurement financed by funds or loans taken by Government of Ghana, including foreign aids and grants.

  6. EXCEPTIONS • Where the Minister of Finance decides that it is in the national interest to use a different procedure. • Where a loan or funding agreement specifies alternative procedures. • The Act does not apply to stores management or distribution.

  7. WHO DOES THE ACT APPLY TO? • Central Management Agencies (CMAs); • Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs); • Subvented Agencies; • Governance Institutions; • State Owned Enterprises; • Public Universities, Schools, Colleges and Hospitals;

  8. WHO DOES THE ACT APPLY TO? • Bank of Ghana and Financial Institutions owned by Government; • Institutions established by Government for the general welfare of the public; e.g. PURC, NIC etc.

  9. PROCUREMENT STRUCTURES • End-User Department:- Existing Department which initiates requirement and provides Technical Inputs or Specification. • Procurement Unit:- • Permanent Unit staffed by Procurement Professionals; • Manages and Facilitates all Procurement Activities; • The Head of the Unit – Procurement Officer or Director, acts as Secretary to the Committees. (ETC, TEP etc)

  10. PROCUREMENT STRUCTURES Contd. • Procurement Entity:- Institutions responsible for procurement subject to Act 663 and any conditions and laid down procurement regulations. • Head of Entity (e.g. Vice Chancellor) is responsible and accountable for all procurement actions and inactions taken. • The Vice Chancellor in a way of strengthening the Collegiate System in the University has delegated part of his authority to the following structures; • Provosts; • Deans and Directors; • Heads of Department; and • Managers.

  11. PROCUREMENT STRUCTURES cont. • Procurement decisions shall be taken in a corporate manner. • It is the responsibility of the Head of Entity to ensure that provisions of the Public Procurement Act, 2003 (Act 633) are complied with in the Entity.

  12. PROCUREMENT STRUCTURES cont. • THE HEAD OF ENTITY: The Head of the Entity is more or less the Principal Account Holder (PAH) as stated under Section 74 in the Financial Administration Act, 2003 (Act 654).

  13. PROCUREMENT STRUCTURES cont. KEY FUNCTIONS OF PAH • Ensures that the provisions of the Act are complied with. • Is held accountable should a contract be awarded in a manner that is inconsistent with the Act. • Makes decisions in a corporate manner. • Implementation of all procurement activities.

  14. PROCUREMENT STRUCTURES cont. • Tender Evaluation Panel (TEP) • The Procuring Entity shall establish a TEP with the required expertise to evaluate tenders and assist the Review Committees in their work. • TEP shall work with the predetermined and published evaluation criteria. • TEP is made up of Ad-Hoc specialists who evaluate, review and make appropriate recommendations for contract awards, using specified and previously announced criteria for evaluation.

  15. PROCUREMENT STRUCTURES cont. • TEP Evaluates the Quotations / Offers received from Suppliers, Contractors and Consultants; • Compare the Published Requirements with the Offers; • No new requirements shall be introduced at this stage; • Recommendation for Contract Award; • The specialists need not be in-house or in the institution.

  16. PROCUREMENT STRUCTURES cont. • Entity Tender Committee:- • Each PE shall establish ETC. • ETC ensures that procurement activities carried out conforms with the procedure prescribed in the Act. • Exercise sound judgment in making procurement decisions. • Refer to appropriate TRB for approval. • ETC Approves Procurement Plans and Invitation Documents. • Awards Contracts within its Authority.

  17. PROCUREMENT STRUCTURES cont. • Ensures referral to the appropriate Tender Review Board. • ETC is a Standing Committee of Senior Officials. • ETC Reviews yearly & quarterly procurement plan. • ETC Ensures correlation between policies and procurement plans of the entity • ETC Applies proper procedures • ETC Seeks one stop only concurrent approval

  18. PROCUREMENT STRUCTURES cont. SECTION 20: Tender Review Boards (TRBs) • Tender Review Boards are established at 4 levels and their levels of operations are governed by thresholds. • TRBs review and approve evaluation reports. • They consist of the following: • Central Tender Review Board (CTRB) • Ministerial Tender Review Board (MTRB) • District Tender Review Board (DTRB) • Entity Tender Committee (ETC) • Head of Entity (HOE)

  19. PROCUREMENT STRUCTURES cont.Non Decentralized Entities- Thresholds for Review and Approval Authority. (GH¢)

  20. PROCUREMENT STRUCTURES cont. • Functions of TRBs: • Review the activities at each step of the Procurement Cycle leading to the selection of the lowest evaluated bid or best offer by PE in order to ensure compliance with the provisions of the Act and its operating instructions and guidelines; • Give concurrent approval; • Furnish the PPA with reports in prescribed format; and

  21. PROCUREMENT STRUCTURES cont. • TRBs may engage the services of consultants and advisers, or co-opt persons with specialized expertise. • Public Procurement Authority: • Makes proposals on the formulation of policies on procurement. • Ensures policy implementation and human resource development for Public Procurement. • Develops draft rules, instructions and other regulatory documentation on Public Procurement and formats for Public Procurement documentation.

  22. PROCUREMENT STRUCTURES cont. • Monitors and Audits PP and ensures compliance with statutory requirements; • Prosecutes breaches of the Act; • Have the right to obtain information concerning PP from contracting authorities; • Establishes and Implementing an information System relating to PP. • Publishes monthly PP Bulletin which contains Procurement Notices, Notices of Invitation to Tender and Contract Awards Information.

  23. PROCUREMENT STRUCTURES cont. • Assesses the operations of the PP processes and submit proposals for improvement of the processes. • Presents Annual Report to the Minister on PP processes. • Facilitates the training of public officials involved in PP at various levels. • Advises Government on issues relating PP. • Maintains a register of all Procurement Entities and Members and Secretaries to tender committees of PP Entities. • Maintains a database of suppliers, contractors and consultants and a record of prices to assist in the work of PE.

  24. PROCUREMENT STRUCTURES cont. • Investigates and debars from procurement practice under the Act, suppliers, contractors and consultants who neglect their obligations under PP contract, have provided false information about their qualifications or offered inducement of a kind referred in Section 32 of the Act. • Maintains list of firms that have been debarred from participating in PP and send the list to all PEs.

  25. PROCUREMENT STRUCTURES cont. • Minister of Finance: • Issues Regulations; • Receives Public Procurement Authority’s Annual Report for on-ward submission to Parliament. • Feedback; • Recommend for amendments of any section of the ACTS; • Procurement expenditure in the year; • Proposals on the formulation of policies on procurement; • etc

  26. PUBLIC PROCUREMENT PROCESSES • Public Procurement entails the following Processes: • Identifying Sources Funding; • Needs Assessment and Planning; • Annual Estimates and Budgeting; • Tendering; • Identify Sources and Inviting Offers; • Evaluating Offers; • Seeking for Concurrent Approvals; • Awarding and Managing Contracts.

  27. PUBLIC PROCUREMENT PROCESSES • Sources of Procurement: • International Sources; (Internet) • National Sources; • Within the Locality; • From Existing Records and Databases; • From Sister Institutions; and • Advertise for Registration of Firms.

  28. PUBLIC PROCUREMENT PROCESSES • Inviting Offers:- Use appropriate Methods and Documentation. • Documentation: • Tender Documents (RFTs): for High Value Procurement, High Risk Procurement and High Competitive Tender. • Used for Goods and Works Procurement. • Letters of Invitation (LOIs): for Low Value Procurement, Low Risk and Low Competitive Tender. • Used for Goods and Works Procurement. • Request For Proposals (RFPs): • Used for Selection of Consultants only.

  29. PUBLIC PROCUREMENT PROCESSES Procurement Methods available for Goods, Technical Services and Works: • National Competitive Tendering (section 44) • International Competitive Tendering (section 45) • Restricted Tendering (sections 38-39) • Single Source Procurement (sections 40-41) • Prequalification/ Two-Stage Tendering (Sections 36-37) • Price Quotation/Request for Quotation (RFQ) (sections 42-43)

  30. PUBLIC PROCUREMENT PROCESSES Procurement Methods available for Consulting Services: • Advertisement for Expression of Interest; • Least Cost Selection (LCS); • Quality Cost Based Selection (QCBS) – Default; • Quality Based Selection (QBS); • Fixed Budget Selection (FBS); • Selection based on Consultants’ Qualification; and • Selection based on Individual Consultant’s Qualification;

  31. PUBLIC PROCUREMENT PROCESSES • Choice of Procurement Method shall be based on: • threshold or • circumstances driven. • Thresholds shall be issued periodically in a Schedule of the Act • Circumstances are defined in the Act and Regulations

  32. PUBLIC PROCUREMENT PROCESSES • Circumstances: • Specialized Product and no substitute; • Urgency; • Emergency Situations; • Limited Number of suppliers; • Compatibility; • Standardization; • Research, experiment, study or development purposes; and • For National or Institutional Security

  33. PUBLIC PROCUREMENT PROCESSES • Products available in the foreign countries only; • Products available in the domestic country; and • Cost of tender proceedings is disproportionate to the cost of the product to be procured; • Intellectual Property or Patent Right;

  34. PUBLIC PROCUREMENT PROCESSES • Prequalification:- We identify the qualified firms before we invite them to bid. • Usually necessary for large or complex works or in other circumstances in which the high cost of preparing detailed bids could discourage competition, such as custom-designed equipment, industrial plant, specialized services, contracts under turnkey etc.

  35. PUBLIC PROCUREMENT PROCESSES • International Competitive Tender:- • Where products to be procured can only be obtained in foreign countries;

  36. PUBLIC PROCUREMENT PROCESSES • National Competitive Tender:- • Where the objects to be procured can be obtained in the local country:

  37. PUBLIC PROCUREMENT PROCESSES • Price Quotation:- • Where the objects to be procured could be obtained within the locality; • When Lead Time is of essences to the production line.

  38. PUBLIC PROCUREMENT PROCESSES • Single Source:- The Procurement Entity may engage in Single Source procurement subject to approval from the Public Procurement Authority (PPA). • Justifications:- Where • Goods, works and services are obtained from a particular supplier, contractor or consultant. Supplier, Contractor or Consultant has exclusive right of the Goods, Works or Services- Patent Rights, Intellectual Property; No reasonable alternative or substitute exist;

  39. PUBLIC PROCUREMENT PROCESSES • There is an urgent need for Goods, Works or Services: • Due to unforeseeable circumstances and not dilatory conduct on the part of the entity. • Owing to catastrophic event; • Additional purchases due to standardization; • Additional purchases due to compatibility with the existing equipment;

  40. PUBLIC PROCUREMENT PROCESSES • Engaging a contractor or supplier in a Research, Experiment, Study or Development except where the contract includes the production of goods in commercial quantity; and • The Procurement concerns National Security or Entity Security.

  41. PUBLIC PROCUREMENT PROCESSES • Restricted Tendering:- • The Entity may for reasons of economy and efficiency and subject to approval from PPA engage in procurement by means of Restricted Tendering; • If goods, works and services are available only from a limited number of suppliers or contractors; or

  42. PUBLIC PROCUREMENT PROCESSES • If time and cost required to examine and evaluate a large number of tenders is disproportionate to the value of the goods, works and services to be procured.

  43. PUBLIC PROCUREMENT PROCESSES • Procurement Methods for Consulting Services and Thresholds: • Advertisement for EOI - Above GH¢ 70,000 • Least Cost Selection - Above GH¢ 70,000 • Selection based on consultant qualifications:- Up to GH¢ 35,000 • Quality Based Selection (QBS) – No threshold • Fixed Budget Selection (FBS) – No threshold • Quality and Cost Based Selection (CQBS)- No Threshold

  44. PUBLIC PROCUREMENT PROCESSES • Thresholds For Procurement Methods (Goods, Works and Technical Services) • Prequalification: • Goods - Above GH¢3,500,000.00 (¢35b) • Works - Above GH¢7,000,000.00 (¢70b) • Tech. Services - Not more than 10% of cost of Works • International Competitive Tender: • Goods - Above GH¢1,500,000.00 (¢15b) • Works - Above GH¢2,000,000.00 (¢20b) • Tech. Services - Above GH¢200,000.00 (¢2b)

  45. PUBLIC PROCUREMENT PROCESSES • National Competitive Tender: • Goods - Above GH¢20,000 - GH¢1,500,000 • Works - Above GH¢50,000 - GH¢2,000,000 • Tech. Services - Above GH¢20,000 - GH¢200,000 • Price Quotation: • Goods - Up to GH¢20,000.00 (¢200m) • Works - Up to GH¢50,000.00 (¢500m) • Tech. Services - Up to GH¢20,000.00(¢200m)

  46. PUBLIC PROCUREMENT PROCESSES • Restricted Tendering - Subject to approval by PPA • Single Source Procurement - Subject to approval by PPA

  47. Delegation of Authority – By Vice Chancellors • The threshold for Provosts, Deans and Heads of Departments (up to GH¢500.00) was introduced by Prof. K. A. Andam’s during his tenure as Vice Chancellor; • The object was to reduce his workload, empower his subordinates and also to facilitate the Procurement of Minor and Low Value Items to enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of academic work.

  48. Delegation of Authority – By Vice Chancellors • The immediate past Finance Officer, Mr. K. Adu and the Director of Procurement went to Public Procurement Authority (PPA) to have discussions with the then Chief Executive Officer of PPA on this innovative idea from the VC. • PPA embraced the idea but cautioned the University to observe the provisions of the ACT in carrying procurements within this threshold (GHC1.0-GHC500.00).

  49. Delegation of Authority – By Vice Chancellors • The Vice Chancellor, Prof. W. O. Ellis also in a way to further strengthen the decentralization policy in the University reviewed the threshold. • The object was to facilitate the procurement of minor and low value items, especially the teaching and learning materials to enhance teaching and learning. • The new levels are as follows:

  50. Delegation of Authority – By Vice Chancellors • Heads of Department - GH¢500.00 • Deans/Directors - GH¢1,000.00 • Provosts/Heads of Administrative/ Professional Offices - GH¢1,500.00 • Director, University Hospital/ Dean, Institute of Distance Learning- GH¢1,000.00 Note:-The due process should be observed when administering the above thresholds.