Participants at the training of provincial Procuring Organisations in Basse, May 2015.
This €1.2m, EU funded, project aims to provide technical and advisory services to support an effective and timely implementation of Public Financial Management (PFM) reforms in the area of public procurement. It is part of a wider effort undertaken by the Government of The Gambia to implement PFM reforms to enhance accountability and transparency in the use and management of public resources.
The public procurement system of The Gambia has been developing and evolving since 2001, especially in terms of the legal, regulatory and institutional framework. Although the current procurement system is one of the best in West Africa, there is considerable space for improvement in order to bring it closer to international best practice.
Over the two year period of the project (from February 2015 to January 2017), we are reviewing the legal and regulatory framework; supporting improvement of Gambia Public Procurement Authority (GPPA) capacity in order to strengthen monitoring and controls; revising procedures; and supporting capacity building at the level of the procuring organisations. The ultimate result of this is to ensure the effective operation of the PFM and procurement system at all levels of the public sector.
Botswana and Kenya Study Tour
In August 2015, a team of seven participants, comprised of one EU technical assistant and six staff from the GPPA, embarked on a two week study tour to Botswana and Kenya. The purpose of the trip was to exchange experiences and lessons learned during their reform process with counterpart institutions.
The Gambian Delegation with their counterparts in Kenya, August 2015
Mapping public procurement competencies
Between November 2015 and January 2016, we supported the GPPA, in collaboration with the Ministry of Finance, in conducting a competence assessment of officials in procuring organisations from across the Gambian public sector. This “competency based training needs assessment” was carried out as a preliminary step towards supporting capacity building, one of the target results of the project.
Official representatives from all procuring organisations completed a comprehensive questionnaire to determine their competence levels. The results were then validated by key government stakeholders in order to enable development of a skills-based training strategy for all procurement officials.
Presentation to key government stakeholders
Training on Procurement Audit Techniques
In February 2016 project key experts delivered a week-long intensive training course in Procurement Audit Techniques. This tailor-made seminar focused on delivering specific project objectives to improve capacity for both the GPPA and procuring organisations.
Participants were given a comprehensive review of the implications of changes to the new Procurement Act and Regulations and these were cross-referenced to corresponding measures in procurement auditing tools and techniques. Auditors from the National Audit Office of The Gambia, the Internal Audit Directorate of the Ministry of Finance and Economic Affairs, and The Gambia Public Procurement Authority Compliance team attended.
Auditors from the National Audit Office of The Gambia
GPPI students graduation ceremony - 10th Match 2016
GPPA Business Processes Workshop - 17th-18th March 2016
Validation workshop of the Training Strategy - 22nd March 2016
Study Tour for Rwanda - 23th-30th April 2016
The press article below shows an example of the capacity building activities that are designed and implemented by the project experts (June 24, 2016).
Excerpt from a sensitisation seminar of heads of public entities in Public Procurement (March 2017).