John Kumeh, Monrovia, Liberia – Seventy-five procurement practitioners nominated by their institutions to attend CIPS Level 2 back-to-back Introductory Certificate training in Public Procurement have completed nearly two weeks of intensive classroom exercises. The workshop was held in the facility of Liberia Chamber of Commerce, near the headquarters of Liberia National Police in Monrovia.
The training was break up into two sessions to accommodate all invited participants. 33 persons drawn from Monrovia based institutions attended Session One of the training. The second session enrolled 42 participants who were mostly from county based institutions.
Addressing participants at the start of session two, Public Procurement and Concessions Commission (PPCC) Chief Executive Officer, James Dorbor Jallah, provided insights about the training and its attaining benefits to the participants as well as the procurement reform program of Liberia.
He told enthusiastic participants that the training is an initiative of PPCC organized in partnership with United Nations Development Programme(UNDP) to address the capacity deficit in the field of public procurement. He also said it prepares Liberia’s public sector procurement staff to qualify for a dual UNDP/CIPS Accredited Level 2 Certificate in Purchasing and Supply.
Mr. Jallah said PPCC will remain engaged with UNDP and seek all necessary funding to build capacity of public sector actors in public procurement. “PPCC will continue to work with you to qualify you for the final level which leads to award of a dual UNDP/CIPS Accredited Certificate in Purchasing and Supply.”
He indicated that unless a participant falls short of meeting the minimum requirements to qualify for the next levels of the course, PPCC will continue to underwrite cost of training for participants up to the point of completion.
Mr. Jallah urged participants to take advantage of the opportunity to broaden their knowledge in public procurement, with an ultimate objective of becoming procurement professionals. Two other officials from UNDP and Ministry of Finance and Development Planning, also spoke at the occasion.
Mr. Cleophas Torori, UNDP Deputy Country Director for Programs, acknowledged the good works of PPCC in bringing the much anticipated changes in public procurement. He pledged his institution’s continued support to the capacity building initiatives of PPCC.
Also, the Assistant Minister for Regional and Sectoral Planning of Ministry of Finance and Development Planning, Mr. Anthony Myers, challenged participants to avail themselves to the opportunity and increase their knowledge in public procurement. He thanked PPCC and UNDP for the training initiative which he said supports the Agenda for Transformation.
CIPS Level 2 Introductory Certificate Training in Public Procurement was launched in October 2015. Over 80 procurement practitioners from the public sector and UNDP participated.
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 United Kingdom.