12 October 2010

Liberia: PPCC Launches Amended Act Tomorrow

The Public Procurement and Concessions Commission (PPCC) will this Wednesday, October 13, 2010, officially launch the Amended and Restated Public Procurement and Concessions Act of Liberia.

The Launching ceremony takes place at the Monrovia City Hall, a release from the Commission said.

The Amendment and Restatement of the PPC Act of 2005 was in response to the recommendations made by stakeholders during the 2008 Annual Procurement Forum regarding the review of the Act to determine areas where amendments were necessary to ensure clarity, efficiency and productivity geared towards achieving the objective of the procurement reform program of Liberia.

Several officials of the Liberian Government, stakeholders and partners including World Bank Country Manager, Ohene Owusu Nyanin, UNDP Country Director, Dominic Sam, European Union, United States Agency for International Development (USAID), and United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL), will make remarks.

Professor Willie Belleh, Jr., Chairman of the PPCC will also deliver a statement at the occasion.

The Amended and Restated PPC Act was enacted into law by the Liberian Legislature and approved by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, on September 16, 2010, following a scrupulous review process conducted by stakeholders and international partners.

The PPC Act was first en-acted into law in 2005 by the National Transitional Legislative Assembly to among others things regulate all forms of public procurement and concessions, provide for institutional structures for public procurement and concessions, stipulate methods and procedures for public procurement and concessions and for purposes related thereto, but based on some ambiguities in the law as expressed by stakeholders, a comprehensive review of the law was undertaken and recommendations subsequently made for amendment and restatement.

Section 143(2) of the Amended and Restated PPC Act of 2005 provides that "Upon the coming into force of this Act, it shall supersede any law, regulations, guidelines, directives and such other instruments guiding public procurement and concessions, and any such law, regulations, guidelines or instrument of any form found to be inconsistent with the provision of this Act shall, to the extent of the inconsistency, be void".

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