Open Contracting (GH0014)
Action Plan: Ghana, Second Action Plan, 2015-2017
Action Plan Cycle: 2015
Lead Institution: GHETI, Ministry of Petroleum, Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources, CHRAJ, Public Procurement Authority
Support Institution(s): Ghana Anti-Corruption Coalition, Ghana Integrity Initiative, Oil and Gas Platform, Africa Centre for Energy Policy
Policy AreasAnti Corruption and Integrity, Anti-Corruption Institutions, Beneficial Ownership, Open Contracting, Private Sector, Public Procurement
Government does most of her businesses through procurement of goods and services. In addition to this, government of Ghana enters other forms of contractual arrangement such as concessions for the sole management of her natural resources or Public –Private Partnerships with the view to efficiently providing public services and managing large public infrastructure.
During the Action Plan Period 2016-2017, Government undertakes to adopt Open Contracting and Contract Monitoring to ensure value for money on all transactions and also as a means of providing information to citizens on all contracts entered into by Government. In addition, all stakeholders including Parliament will be brought together with the view to reaching a consensus that all government contracts should be subject to the Public Procurement Act.
Within the two year period, Ghana commits to ensuring that officials indicted by the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) are prosecuted by the Attorney-General’s Department. Government also undertakes to pass the Petroleum Exploration and Production Bill which commits the country to open competitive bidding and provides for the publication of all petroleum contracts. Further, Ghana commits to monitor and evaluate the implementation of the Ghana National Anti-Corruption Plan (NACAP).
As an Extractive Industry Transparency Initiative (EITI) implementing country Ghana is required to open up its contracting processes, publish contract and provide information on the beneficial owners of the contract. The OGP will work with GHEITI to ensure compliance with these requirements.