The permanent secretary at the Personnel Management Office (PMO) has underscored that procurement is an important area as a lot of money goes down the drain through procurement processes which could help fight poverty in Africa.
Mr Dawda Fadera was speaking recently at the Management Development Institute at the end of a four-day training on project procurement management for project staff in public and private sectors.
The objectives of the training was to equip participants with the requisite knowledge, skills and experience to strategically direct and control procurement processes, interpret the Public Procurement Act and regulations; recognize the various methods and procedures of domestic and international tendering system and select the applicable method for resolution of disputes in public procurement contracts.
PS Fadera maintained that the Government of The Gambia has a whole range of blueprints such as the Programme for Accelerated Growth and Employment 2, adding that each and every institution has a unique role in the realisation of these objectives.
The process, he went on, is complex web of network of activities from various sectors, saying there is no way they can deliver on their individuals mandates without capacity.
According to him, such trainings are aim at capacitating participants so that they can go out and undertake their various duties in the procurement processes with seriousness and integrity. “I believe you will be a positive change agent and as you go out talk to your colleagues and ensure that they understand the values you have learned during the training and make sure you implement it.” he added.
Fatou Barry, Deputy Director General at the Management Development Institute, said the evolution show that the training met participant’s expectation which is satisfying.
Madam Barry explained that MDI always look out to partnering with institutions, saying the bigger the institution the more complex it is. “I hope this training will not be an end to our relationship, we are looking forward for more fruitful cooperation in the near future in addressing most of the challenges you faced in your day-to-day work.”
She observed that it is through capacity building that challenges will be revealed and that it is through such dialogues they get answers to such problems.
by Omar Wally