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UNDP Boss Calls for Honesty in Procurement

first_imgThe Country Director of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) Liberia has called for ‘honesty’ among procurement officers in Liberia, a press release said yesterday.Dr. Pa Lamin Beyai said anyone who sees procurement as a money-making profession to earn extra money outside of their salaries must immediately leave the sector.He was speaking recently at the opening of a set of back to back CIPS levels 2 and 3 training for public procurement officers.The trainings were organized by the Public Procurement and Concession Commission (PPCC) with support from UNDP for beginners and mid-level procurement personnel from Line Ministries, Agencies, Commissions and UNDP.About 60 trainees formed part of a batch of staff who have either successfully completed previous levels of the CIPS trainings or are beginners.This initiative seeks to qualify public sector procurement practitioners for certificates in public procurement and subsequent accreditation by the Chartered Institute of Purchasing & Supply (CIPS), based in UK.“You are being trained to make savings for the government without losing sight of the quality that you are looking for…. Procurement is not for money making. If you’re here to make more money, then I think you’re in the wrong place….” Dr. Beyai said at the opening of the exercise.He told procurement officers that the purpose of the trainings is to ensure that they do their best in making sure that funds are saved for government without compromising quality.“You can make effective use of this training without being a roving thief in the streets of Monrovia, but be efficient procurement persons to support the efforts of the government…. This country needs a lot; and I think for us to get to where we want to go, we need people like you,” Dr. Beyai stated.The Executive Director of the Public Procurement and Concession Commission (PPCC), James Dorbor Jallah, said the training for the group of thirty (30) persons was the third group of CIPS level three for this year, while the other was for CIPS 2.“The first two CIPS 3 trainings were conducted early February and late March where a total of 70 procurement personnel benefitted. By the end of this batch, Liberia may have trained, at level three, up to one-hundred people which is a good thing,” Mr. Jallah said.He said it is hoped that by the end of the year when level four should have commenced, a significant number of procurement officers would have been trained.The PPCC Director thanked UNDP for the partnership and support to the PPCC and the Government over the years.Sidiki Quasia of the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning (MFDP) also lauded efforts by the PPCC with support from UNDP for the strides being made to build trust, efficiency and effectiveness among procurement staff to help promote accountability and transparency.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) – Advertisement –last_img read more

Massive rebuilding plan discussed

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake “Everything is on the table,” said Vince Duffy, a spokesman for Assembly Speaker Fabian Nuez. City and regional leaders described traffic-choked freeways and a dearth of affordable housing that could be eased with an infusion of cash. “These are long-term projects, but we have to plan for the future. We can’t do it without a significant investment,” City Councilwoman Wendy Greuel said. Sen. Tom Torlakson, D-Concord, who co-authored the Senate bill with Senate President Pro Tem Don Perata, D-Oakland, said they’re aiming to get the bond on the June ballot. It would be repaid from the state’s general fund, at $1 billion a year. The Assembly Speaker’s $10 billion bond would be financed by lowering the gas tax at the pump but adding a one-quarter percent sales tax statewide, though those plans are being revisited, Duffy said. The governor is looking at possibly a mix of general fund bonds, user fees or lease revenues to pay for his proposal, a spokesman said. Lisa Mascaro, (818) 713-3761 lisa.mascaro@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Elected officials met Tuesday for the first public hearing on rebuilding California’s roads, housing and water systems with a massive public investment in what’s expected to be next year’s top issue in Sacramento. The state Senate’s Transportation and Housing Committee convened to discuss SB 1024, an $11.7 billion bond that would generate millions of dollars to alleviate gridlock and build affordable housing in Los Angeles. But the Assembly also is looking for ways to fund $10 billion in infrastructure improvements, and Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is expected to decide next week on the scope of his massive rebuilding plan that earlier reports put at $50 billion. “The 2006 legislative year will be about how we get California moving again,” said committee chairman Sen. Alan Lowenthal, D-Long Beach. last_img read more