Digital Procurement Vows To reduce Corruption In the public procurement

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The Executive Director of the Public Procurement and Concessions Commission (PPCC) has disclosed that digital procurement of goods and services in government ministries and agencies will prevent corruption. Director Bodger Scott Johnson stated that the digitalization of procurement will go a long way to minimize corruption in the public sector. Director Johnson made the disclosure recently in an exclusive interview in Monrovia with the Movement with Integrity for National Development (MIND), as PPCC is expected to launch the Draft Digital Procurement System in June 2024. He noted that in the procurement sector of government ministries and agencies has high potential for corruption practices and digitalizing the process will prevent it. According to him, President Joseph Nyuma Boakai is concerned about accountability and transparency in government to curtail corruption within the Liberian society. Director Johnson stressed that the e-procurement system will be officially launch in August 2024 by President Boakai. He maintained that 85 percent of corruption in government start from procurements and the e-procurement is an electronic government’s procurement process. He explained that the PPCC will help government ministries and agencies to roll out the digital procurement processes. The PPCC boss pointed out that US$3 million has been made available to establish the system which the World Bank and the office of President Boakai are supporting. He indicated that procurement play a sensitive role in fighting corruption in government and the President intension is to battle corruption. Director Johnson believed that with e-procurement instituted in government ministries and agencies, it will be a giant step to eliminating some of the easy way in which corruption is formulated in the public sector.

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