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ASSESSING THE LEVEL OF COMPLIANCE WITH THE PUBLIC PROCUREMENT ACT 2003, (ACT 663) IN PUBLIC ENTITIES IN ASHANTI REGION OF GHANA

BY AYITEY FRANCIS KOTOKA (PG 3046709)

A Thesis submitted to the Institute of Distance Learning, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of

COMMOWEALTH EXECUTIVE MASTERS OF BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION

APRIL, 2012

DECLARATION I hereby declare that this submission is my own work towards the CEMBA and that, to the best of my knowledge, it contains no material previously published by another person nor material which has been accepted for the award of any other degree of the University, except where due acknowledgement has been made in the text.

Francis K. Ayitey (PG 3046709)

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Certified by: Aristotle Ayensu (Supervisor) ......................................... Signature ............................................. Date

Certified by: Prof. I. K. Dontwi Dean, IDL

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ABSTRACT Public Procurement in Ghana has undergone several reviews since independence with the intent of strengthening Public Financial Management Systems. Major review of public expenditure system, in 1993, revealed huge and unsustainable foreign debt, excessive budget deficits, huge contractual payment arrears, poor construction performance, and corruption. This coupled with the government’s concept of good governance and “zero tolerance” for corrupt practices and pressure from international donors forced the government to commit to a reform of public procurement which led to the passing of the Public Procurement Act, 2003 (Act 663). The thesis outlined the events leading to reviews and features of the legal, institutional and regulatory framework of the public procurement reform in Ghana and analyze its...

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