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Title: Challenges facing procurement unit of Electricity Company of Ghana at the pre- contract stage under the Public Procurement ACT 2003 (ACT 663)
Authors: Agyekum, Daniel Badu
Issue Date: 9-Apr-2015
Abstract: The procurement process has become increasingly more complex, particularly with recent demands for more transparency, accountability and budget constraints. The object of procurement of works cannot be achieved properly if at the pre -contract stage one is unable to properly define, schedule and understand the proposed construction as a result of non-compliance with legal framework. The aim of the study was to identify the challenges with procurement of works at pre-contract stage under the Public Procurement Act 2003 (Act 663). Hence the specific objectives were to establish the level of compliance of pre -contract stage activities with the Public Pr ocurement and the implementation challenges as per the Act 663 by Electricity Company of Ghana. The scope of the study focused on the Premises/Estates Directorate of the Electricity Company of Ghana. Structured questionnaires were used to obtain data for this study. The study revealed that several pre-contract stages activities in the Public Procurement Act are being complied by the Electricity Company of Ghana. More so, the study confirmed that the Directorate’s procurement activities are faced with challe nges such as illiteracy and inadequate contract management skills among some contractors; the need to cancel tendering and seek offers again; lack of sanctions to public officials for poor performance; shortage of experience professional staff; lack of knowledge of legal framework; delays in establishing full time operational procurement units with the full complement of staff; difficulty in obtaining bid security; low bid prices offered by bidders due to award of contract to the lowest evaluated bidder; lack of career development path been established for procurement in the civil service inconsistencies in tender evaluation; delay in payment of works executed by contractors; lack of incentives to follow proper procurement procedures. In pursuit to mitigate the challenges faced by the Directorate, the study recommends among others: sourcing of procurement experts to train and educate staffs, stiffer punishment to flouters and non -adhering entities to the Public Procurement Act, incentive such as tax rebate t o increase the appetite of companies in adhering or complying with the Public Procurement Act, 663, provision of adequate and prompt funding for procurement activities by all stakeholders including companies and government.
Description: A dissertation submitted to the Department of Building Technology, in partial fulfilment of the requirement of the Master of Science degree in Procurement Management, 2014
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/123456789/7071
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