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Purchasing training introduced to Ghana

4 December 2009 | Rebecca Ellinor

From next year polytechnics and universities in Ghana will begin offering procurement degrees and diplomas.

With effect from September, the country’s senior educational institutions will start running courses leading to the award of internationally recognised certificates.

It follows the development and validation of a document on the curriculum and modules for medium and long-term procurement training programmes.

Adjenim Boateng Adjei, chief executive of the Public Procurement Authority, said the first of three strands of the full programme is intensive training for public sector buyers who lack procurement qualifications.

There will also be extended training for HND graduates who have studied purchasing and supply courses and want a degree, as well as degree level-courses for secondary school leavers.

The move follows the passing of public procurement law designed to improve management of public money in Ghana.

The Millennium Development Authority (MiDA) has awarded $2.3 million for the training.

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