As the African Development Bank concludes the Country Project Portfolio Performance Review(CPPR)2024, Procurement and other PFM issues continue to challenge Project Implementation

In a just-concluded project portfolio performance review workshop organised by the African Development Bank (AfDB), in collaboration with the Multilateral Project Division (MPD) in the Ministry of Finance to assess the performance of projects funded by the African Development Bank, Procurement and other Public Financial Management issues continue to challenge the implementation of projects across several sectors.

Presenting an update on the various projects and their respective challenges and bottlenecks at the main hall of the Ministry of Finance, the Country Program Officer of the African Development Bank(AfDB) Madam Felicitas Atanga highlighted the delay in the submission and clearance of the annual work plan and budget, procurement plan, delay in granting No Objection to procurement document, delay in the processing of disbursement request and special account justification, non-request of bank procedures in the management of special account as some of the cross-cutting issues.

She further stated that poor contract management resulted in the expiration of advanced payment guarantees, poor records management caused auditing difficulties, cost overruns resulting in implementation delays, changes in exchange rates, etc.

“Financial Management Challenges range from non-respect of Bank procedures in the management of special accounts, delays in the procurement of goods such as vehicles which affect project implementation, delays in processing disbursement requests” she added.

The Acting Minister of Finance Mr. Bockarie Kalokoh who doubles as the workshop’s Chairman thanked and appreciates the African Development Bank (AfDB) for their continued support and believes that the workshop will add value to other project managers and coordinators in implementation.

Mr. Kalokoh also encouraged the Project Implementing Unit (PIUs) to open up ideas and learn from each other to produce good results during the implementation process.

He also mentioned that although the overall performance of the projects is encouraging, so he urged the project implementation units to work hard to improve on the current project performance and disbursement rate which stands at 32%, to be able to access more funding.

Minister Kalokoh assured the Project Implementing Units (PIUs) and African Development Bank representatives of the government’s commitment to prioritise all counterpart funding payments of these sponsored projects for fast implementation and handed over to beneficiaries.

Mr Kalokok pleaded to AfDB on behalf of the government to help capacitate Task Managers of the Project in preparation of the document to avoid any ”Objection” from the bank that normally causes serious delays in project implementation.

The Task Managers, Procurement Officers, Finance Managers, and Senior Staff of the Multilateral Project Division of the Ministry of Finance discussed and recommended solutions to overcome these challenges.

The African Development Bank (AfDB) currently stands around 240 million dollars across several projects in Health, Education, Agriculture, Water, and other infrastructure.

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