The National Public Procurement Authority (NPPA) held a momentous event at the Ministry of Planning and Economic Development’s main conference hall in Tower Hill, Freetown, where they introduced the Third Quarter 2023 Public Procurement Price Norm.
The newly unveiled price norm comprises a comprehensive list of prices for commonly used items within the Ministries, Departments, and Agencies (MDAS) of the Government of Sierra Leone (GoSL). It is important to note that the price norm does not intend to regulate market prices but rather aims to ensure transparency and value for money in the procurement process for goods, works, and services.
Mr. Michael Lahai Swaray, the Deputy Director of the Procurement Directorate at the Ministry of Finance (MoF), commenced the event by commending the Chief Executive (CE) of the NPPA, Mr. Ibrahim Brima Swarray, on his appointment as the upcoming Commissioner General of the National Revenue Authority (NRA).
He expressed gratitude on behalf of the Ministry of Finance for the NPPA’s efforts in raising awareness about their mission and turning the Authority into a reputable institution.
Mr. Swaray emphasized the positive impact the Price Norm would have in reducing price disparities across MDAs and encouraged all procurement practitioners to abide by it to guarantee value for money in all transactions.
In his address, Mr. Ibrahim Brima Swarray, the Chief Executive of the NPPA, conveyed his heartfelt appreciation to the NPPA’s Board, Management, and Staff, public procurement practitioners, the media, and other stakeholders within the procurement landscape.
He attributed his success to their unwavering support over the past five years. Emphasizing the significance of the price norm, he reminded attendees that it carries the weight of law and should be treated as such.
He concluded his speech by urging everyone present to remember that it is the collective efforts of Sierra Leoneans that can truly uplift Sierra Leone.
The event included an interactive question and answer session, where participants engaged with the NPPA officials to gain further clarity on the newly introduced price norm.
The launch of the Third Quarter 2023 Public Procurement Price Norm marks a significant step towards enhancing accountability and value for money in Sierra Leone’s public procurement processes. The NPPA’s continued dedication to promoting transparency and efficiency in procurement is expected to have a positive impact on the nation’s economic development and public welfare.