GPPA ends five-day training for journalists on public procurement guidelines

EYEAFRICA TV: Bakau, THE GAMBIA:- The Gambia Public Procurement Authority (GPPA) has on Friday concluded a five-day intensive procurement training program for 30 journalists.

The training, sponsored by the African Development Bank (AfDB), was meant to train Gambia’s Network of Financial and Tax Reporters (NFTR) on public procurement procedures and guidelines.

Addressing the closing, the director general of GPPA, Saloum Malang, assured the participants of their willingness to build a good working relationship, urging the journalists to extend the knowledge gain to the masses.

“Like I told you the other day, the pen is mightier than the sword. Your that pen you have with you there don’t joke with it, is very important,” he said.

According to him, the use of pen must also take economic development and human capital into consideration.

The president of NFTR, Mr. Abdoulie Nyockeh, urged the participants to make good use of the valuable kills learned during the training.

“I have no doubt that this information gathered during this five days training will be useful and implemented as expected,” he said, urging the participants to avoid speculations and endeavor to report accurately, particularly on public procurement.

NFTR is a non-profit making entity established purposely to promote and complement government efforts in creating strong collaboration between Tax Reporters and Revenue Administration in a bid to enhance tax education and awareness in supporting domestic resources.

The main function of the Gambia Public Procurement Authority is to provide better value for money in the acquisition of goods, works and services and at the same time enhance the development of local enterprises.

This is first of its kind since the current director general of GPPA took office in early 2020. The participants were awarded certificates at the end of the training.

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