The main legislation that regulates and governs public procurement in Ghana is the Public Procurement Act 2003 (Act No. 663) (the Act) as amended by the Public Procurement (Amendment) Act 2016 (Act 914) (the Amendment Act). The promulgation of the Act was an integral part of Ghana’s Public Financial Management Reforms and good governance initiative, which sought to instill propriety and accountability in public sector financial management and expenditure.
The Act regulates the procurement of goods, works and services financed, in whole or in part, from public funds and the disposal of government stores. All government agencies, institutions and establishments in which the government has a majority interest are mandated to comply with the Act. According to the Act, the head of a procurement entity of a Metropolitan shall establish a procurement unit within the entity and shall be headed and staffed by qualified procurement personnel. The head of a procurement entity shall appoint a head of procurement of the procurement entity who shall be the Secretary to the Entity Tender Committee.
The Procurement Unit is therefore an office instituted in accordance to the Public Procurement Act 2003 (Act No. 663) (the Act) as amended by the Public Procurement (Amendment) Act 2016 (Act 914) (the Amendment Act) to oversee the activities of all procurement in the Cape Coast Metropolitan Assembly. The office is responsible for the acquisition of Goods, Works and Services in the Assembly.
The Procurement Unit in the Metropolitan Assembly shall: