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Developing capability of public sector procurement in Ghana: An assessment of the road subsector client

Addo-Duah, Peter; Westcott, Anthony; Mason, Jim; Booth, Colin; Mahamadu, Abdul-M


Peter Addo-Duah

Anthony Westcott

Colin Booth
AHOD in Research/ Associate Professor

Abdul Mahamadu
Associate Lecturer - FET - ABE - UABE0000


D Castro-Lacoutre

J Irizarry

B Ashuri


The Ghanaian public sector procurement is experiencing a paradigm shift from a clerical role to a more strategic function targeting optimum achievement of value for money. For this to be fully realised, the skills of the workforce must be developed to meet contemporary expectations. Under-performance and misapplication of the public sector procurement function has been linked to a shortage of an adequately-skilled workforce. This study was designed to ascertain the nature and level of professional development required to enhance competencies of the workforce for successful delivery of the procurement function. The study employed questionnaires and interviews in a mixed methodology to collect data from the procurement management workforce within the Ghanaian Road Subsector. The findings of the study suggest weaknesses in key skill areas required of modern
procurement practice which inhibit the achievement of maximum value for money. Up-skilling is recommended through appropriate training and continuous professional development with focus on the key areas identified.


Addo-Duah, P., Westcott, A., Mason, J., Booth, C., & Mahamadu, A. (2014, May). Developing capability of public sector procurement in Ghana: An assessment of the road subsector client. Paper presented at Construction Research Congress 2014

Presentation Conference Type Conference Paper (unpublished)
Conference Name Construction Research Congress 2014
Start Date May 19, 2014
End Date May 21, 2014
Publication Date May 1, 2014
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Pages 2053-2062
Keywords public sector, roads, procurement, skills assessment, professional
Publisher URL
Additional Information Title of Conference or Conference Proceedings : Construction Research Congress 2014


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