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Liberia

Increase transparency and inclusivity of public contracts (LR0041)

Overview

At-a-Glance

Action Plan: Liberia Action Plan 2020-2022

Action Plan Cycle: 2020

Status: Active

Institutions

Lead Institution: Public Procurement and Concessions Commission (PPCC)

Support Institution(s): CENTAL, NAYMOTE, CEMESP, P4DP, PaSD, OGP Secretariat, UNDP, World Bank, African Development Bank

Policy Areas

Access to Information, Anti-Corruption, E-Government, Fiscal Openness, Gender, Open Contracting and Public Procurement, Open Data, Private Sector, Public Participation in Budget/Fiscal Policy, Public Procurement

IRM Review

IRM Report: Liberia Action Plan Review 2020-2022

Starred: Pending IRM Review

Early Results: Pending IRM Review

Design i

Verifiable: Yes

Relevant to OGP Values: Pending IRM Review

Potential Impact: Pending IRM Review

Implementation i

Completion: Pending IRM Review

Description

5.1 Ensure transparency in government procurement by adopting the open contracting data standard; 5.2 Raise awareness among general public about government procurement processes; 5.3 Engage with civil society and the private sector to improve public procurement processes; 5.4 Facilitate participation of more women owned businesses in public contracts. The commitment seeks to improve accountability through open contracting by adopting international standards to make contracting information open to the public and create a forum to provide oversight for procurement processes. Publishing contracting information will increase government accountability, promote fair competition, encourage civic oversight and help the government to learn from previous successes and failures. Contract transparency is essential for responsible management of resources to ensure equitable economic growth and development. Publishing information on how the Liberian government is managing resources will make information available for public awareness and participation by opening avenues for the public to hold the government accountable for use of public funds. The following milestones will be reached to fulfill this commitment: 1. Adopt open contracting data standard, a global open-source tool to enable disclosure of data and documents along the entire contracting process (the planning, tenders, awards, contracts and implementation phases) and application of this standard to public projects; 2. Establish administrative directive and guidelines and ethical codes mandating application of the open contracting system for public contracts; 3. Publish all contracting data on the open data portal by default, which will also be compliant with the open contracting data standard; 4. Timely updates of information on the Public Procurement and Concessions Commission (PPCC) eProcurement and Liberia Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative’s open contracting platform; 5. Civic education on procurement and contracting processes to support citizens in understanding how these processes happen and their duties to oversee them, through a specific, time-bound sensitization campaign 6. Establish an open contracting forum comprising government, civil society and the private sector to ensure sustained engagement, oversight and improved procurement processes. The forum will follow the open government principles of equal participation and co-creation and will be tasked to select a number of projects to monitor using the open contracting data standard and web portal. Milestone Activity With a Verifiable Deliverable Deadline: Responsible agency 1. Adoption of the open contracting data standard, a global open-source tool, making data and documents in the contracting process available to the public. This includes planning, tenders, awards, contracts and implementation. Begins January 2021 and ongoing until December 2022 PPCC 2. Establish administrative directive and guidelines and ethical codes mandating application of the open contracting system for public contracts. Begins January 2021 and ongoing until December 2022 PPCC 3. Monitor procuring entities and institutions receiving subsidies to track compliance with the Public Procurement and Concessions Commission (PPCC). Begins January 2021 and ongoing until December 2022 PPCC 4. Publish all contracting data on the open data portal in order to be compliant with the open contracting data standard. Begins January 2021 and ongoing until December 2022 PPCC 5. Conduct at least 6 outreach events to increase citizens’ understanding of the procurement and contracting processes. Begins January 2021 and ongoing until December 2022 PPCC (collaborate with CSOs) 6. Establish an open contracting forum comprising government, civil society and the Begins January 2021 and ongoing PPCC (explore collaborating with private sector to ensure sustained engagement, oversight and improved procurement processes. The forum will follow the OGP principles of equal participation and co-creation and will be tasked to select a number of projects to monitor using the open contracting data standard and web portal. until December 2022 stakeholders/actor in public procurement)


Commitments

  1. Extend capacity and transparency of judicial system

    LR0039, 2020, Access to Justice

  2. Create public beneficial ownership register

    LR0037, 2020, Access to Information

  3. Publish budget information online

    LR0038, 2020, Aid

  4. Promote integrity within institutions and schools

    LR0040, 2020, Anti-Corruption

  5. Increase transparency and inclusivity of public contracts

    LR0041, 2020, Access to Information

  6. Train health professionals and open health data

    LR0042, 2020, Access to Information

  7. Make legislative process more transparent and participatory

    LR0043, 2020, E-Government

  8. Enhance compliance and transparency in tax system

    LR0044, 2020, E-Government

  9. Implement transparent SGBV roadmap

    LR0045, 2020, Access to Information

  10. Increase youth engagement in national policy

    LR0046, 2020, Marginalized Communities

  11. Monitor fulfillment of commitments

    LR0047, 2020, E-Government

  12. Publish latest health data

    LR0048, 2020, Access to Information

  13. Legislative Monitoring Database

    LR0027, 2017, E-Government

  14. Publication of Budget Documents

    LR0028, 2017, Anti-Corruption

  15. Freedom of Information (FOI) Act

    LR0029, 2017, Access to Information

  16. Citizen Monitoring for the Justice System

    LR0030, 2017, Access to Justice

  17. Feedback Mechanism to Build Accountability of the LNP

    LR0031, 2017, Access to Information

  18. Capacity Building for Integrity in Government

    LR0032, 2017, Anti-Corruption

  19. Transparency in the Land Authority

    LR0033, 2017, E-Government

  20. Accountability and Value for Money Through Open Contracting

    LR0034, 2017, Access to Information

  21. Beneficial Ownership Registry

    LR0035, 2017, Access to Information

  22. Open Data/Citizen Navigation Portal

    LR0036, 2017, Access to Information

  23. Starred commitment Commercial Land Use Rights Information

    LR0011, 2015, Capacity Building

  24. Open Aid Portal and Publication of Aid Data

    LR0012, 2015, Access to Information

  25. Link Financial Management System to Aid Management Platform

    LR0013, 2015, Aid

  26. Facilitate Tracking of EVD Funds

    LR0014, 2015, Access to Information

  27. Starred commitment Implementation of the New Jury Law

    LR0015, 2015, Public Participation

  28. Citzen Monitoring of Justice System

    LR0016, 2015,

  29. Civic Education and Citizen Engagement Around Offline Tools

    LR0017, 2015,

  30. Know Your Rights' Initiative

    LR0018, 2015, Justice

  31. Passage of Whistleblower Protection Act

    LR0019, 2015,

  32. Transparency Hubs

    LR0020, 2015, Public Participation

  33. Public Service Integrity

    LR0021, 2015, Anti-Corruption

  34. Citizen Feedback Platform.

    LR0022, 2015, E-Government

  35. e-Government

    LR0023, 2015, Capacity Building

  36. Public Expenditure Management Systems

    LR0024, 2015, Capacity Building

  37. Public Safety/ Law Enforecement Reform

    LR0025, 2015, E-Government

  38. Open Data Portal

    LR0026, 2015, Access to Information

  39. Appoint Public Information Officers (PIOs)

    LR0007, 2015, Capacity Building

  40. Popularize Freedom of Information (Foi) Law

    LR0008, 2015, Access to Information

  41. Expand Open Budget Initiative

    LR0009, 2015, Access to Information

  42. Public Information on Land and Natural Resource Reform

    LR0010, 2015, Anti-Corruption

  43. Increase Access to Public Information

    LR0001, 2013, Access to Information

  44. Open Budget Initiative

    LR0002, 2013, E-Government

  45. Extractive Industries Transparency

    LR0003, 2013, Anti-Corruption

  46. Citizens’ Participation and Dialogue

    LR0004, 2013, Public Participation

  47. Starred commitment Accountability and Integrity

    LR0005, 2013, Anti-Corruption

  48. Technology and Innovation

    LR0006, 2013, Access to Information

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