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Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC), the World Bank and Ghana?s Millennium Development Authority (MiDA) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that will help strengthen public procurement around the world.

The MOU provides professional-level curriculum and modules for the World Bank in its education programmes worldwide, which will establish a path to stronger procurement practices.

Mary Jo Johnson, MCC?s Procurement Director, in a statement said, ?This is an exciting collaboration that allows us to share our experiences and promote procurement professionalization.?

?Strengthening the accountability and administrative functions of governments improves governance, creates greater efficiencies and ultimately helps reduce global poverty,? she added.

Jo Johnson said the modules were first developed under the Procurement Capacity Activity of Ghana?s recently completed $547 MCC compact and were the basis for degree programmes to enhance procurement in the public sector.

She said the programme represented a new national approach to educate Ghana?s university students and civil service on international procurement standards, adding that about 300 public procurement personnel and students received training, with many others still enrolled.

Jo Johnson said 1, 250 students participated in procurement internships at government offices, noting that 200 secured permanent or temporary jobs.

She said, ?This MOU builds on a previous memorandum signed between the Ghanaian and Liberian governments in 2011with help from MCC to provide curriculum and modules to train Liberian procurement professionals.?

Jo Johnson said the sharing of best practices is already working, as 24 students in Liberia recently graduated with a postgraduate diploma in public procurement.

?The new approach to procurement professionalization developed with MCC assistance builds skills and experience in a critical young procurement profession, and African governments are in need of these scarce skills as they modernize their civil services,? she said.

By Cephas Larbi

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