About Us

We Are Regional Independent Procurement Agency

Welcome To RIPA, Ghana

The introduction of Public Procurement Reforms in Ghana followed a World Bank Country Procurement Assessment survey conducted in 1999 which established the link between poor/weak public procurement procedures and corruption as well as its far reaching negative consequences on national development especially in the area of infrastructural development in Ghana. The Assessment Report revealed that 60k was being lost to underhand practices out of every Ghc1`1.00 spent by Government and that an average of ten Billion US Dollars ($10b) was being lost annually due to fraudulent practices in the award and execution of public contracts through inflation of contract cost, lack of procurement plans, poor project prioritization, poor budgeting processes, lack of competition and value for money and other kinds of manipulations of the procurement and contract award processes.

TIn order to address the above shortcomings, the Ghana initiated the Public Procurement Reform as part of its Economic Reform agenda designed to restore due process in the award and execution of government contracts. This led to the setting up of the Budget Monitoring and Price Intelligent Unit (BMPIU known as Due Process) in 2001 to implement the Central Government's Public Procurement Reform Policy aimed at minimizing open abuses to known rules, processes and standards in the award and execution of public sector contracts in Ghana. Following the growing Public demand that the reforms are sustained and institutionalized with legal backing, a Public Procurement Bill was articulated in 2002 by the Leadership of BMPIU and presented to the National Parliament. The Public Procurement Bill was thereafter passed by the National Parliament on the 30th of May, 2003 and subsequently signed into Law by Mr. President on the 4th of June, 2003. The RIPA achievements over the past decade years have earned it a reputation for transparency, integrity, fairness, competitiveness and equal opportunity. This has undoubtedly played a major role in boosting investors’ confidence in the nation’s economy, and enhancing the prestigious status for the Ghana, both regionally and internationally

CORE FUNCTIONS OF RIPA, Ghana

  • Economic Efficiency Competition - Providing level playing ground for all strata of bidders Value for money Transparency.
  • + Supervise the implementation of established procurement policies;
  • Monitor the prices of tendered items and keep a national database of standard prices;
  • Publish the details of major contracts in the procurement journal;
  • Publish paper and electronic editions of the procurement journal and maintain an archival system for the procurement journal;
  • Maintain a national database of the particulars and classification and categorization of federal contractors and service providers;
  • Collate and maintain in an archival system, all federal procurement plans and information;
  • Undertake procurement research and surveys;
  • Organize training and development programmer for procurement professionals;
  • Periodically review the socio-economic effect of the policies on procurement and advise the Council accordingly;
  • Prepare and update standard bidding and contract documents;
  • Prevent fraudulent and unfair procurement and where necessary apply administrative sanctions;
  • Review the procurement and award of contract procedures of every entity to which the procurement act applies;