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ACBF Grantees receive training on procurement principles

Harare, Zimbabwe
21 Jul, 2015

The Africa Capacity Building Foundation is currently running a week-long procurement training for its grantees with a view to enhance their capacity to achieve economy, efficiency, transparency and accountability in the Procurement functions of their organizations. The workshop, which takes place at the Crown Plaza Monomotapa Hotel in Harare, Zimbabwe, started on Monday 20th July and is expected to run until 24th of July.

Speaking on behalf of Prof. Emmanuel Nnadozie, ACBF’s, Executive Secretary, Dr. Roger Atindehou, Manager Eastern and Southern Africa Operations Department, noted that the role of procurement in effective and successful project implementation cannot be overemphasized.

“Research has shown that up to 75% of public funds are used for the procurement of goods, works, and consultancy and non-consultancy services. It is generally agreed that good procurement systems and procedures are strategic components of proper budget use and effective expenditure management,” said Dr. Atindehou. “It is for this reason that ACBF found it critical to develop procurement capacity within our projects and to ensure that ACBF-funded projects/institutions develop institutionalized procurement functions for effective use of Grant resources.”

He concluded that the workshop was necessary to ensure that the best procurement practices were employed in the procurement management, so as to act in conformity with agreements between ACBF and its grantees.

According to the ACBF Procurement Specialist, Ms. Paschaline Mashingaidze, governments and taxpayers want to see value for public funds spent on procurement of goods, works and services. “Economy and efficiency therefore are the main objectives in public procurement at the national level,” she said.

The procurement workshop will improve the skills and knowledge of participants in the body of knowledge, basic procurement principles, procedures and trends in contracting in Public procurement. It will allow grantees to undertake procurement following prescribed procedures of ACBF and other donor requirements.

“Participants will be able to demonstrate an understanding of  basic procurement principles –  professionalism, transparency, value for  money, accountability, fairness and competitiveness and should implement this principles in their work,” said Ms. Mashingaidze.

 The workshop also aims to encourage networking and sharing of practical procurement experiences and common challenges among grantees and to provide them with the tools to best address said challenges.

A total of 64 representatives of national and regional organisations from across Africa are attending the workshop.

Thomas Kwesi Quartey

ACBF has been granted the status of a specialized agency because of the potential to transform Africa through capacity development.

H.E. Thomas Kwesi Quartey, Deputy Chairperson, AU Commission
Erastus Mwencha

The recognition of ACBF as the African Union’s Specialized Agency for Capacity Development launches the beginning of a new era for capacity building by ACBF, which will require an appropriate level of political commitment and financial support from all stakeholders.

H.E. Erastus Mwencha, Chair, ACBF Executive Board
Lamin Momodou

The remarkable achievements ACBF has registered over the past 26 years is not by accident in our opinion. They have come through hard work, dedication, commitment, purposeful leadership, support from the member countries as well as productive partnership building.

Mr. Lamin Momodou MANNEH, Director, UNDP Regional Service Centre for Africa
Goodall Gondwe

Africa needs ACBF as much, probably more now, than at the time it was created in 1991.

Hon. Goodall Gondwe, former Chair of the ACBF Board of Governors and Minister of Finance – Malawi
Ken Ofori Atta

Ghana’s partnership with ACBF is a tremendous blessing for us and therefore the opportunity for Ghana to host the 26th ACBF Board of Governors Meeting is something that we treasure.

Hon Ken Ofori Atta, Chair of the ACBF Board of Governors and Minister of Finance - Ghana