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South Sudan: World Bank initiates new procurement tool

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By Julius N. Uma

February 19, 2011 (JUBA) – South Sudan plans to introduce a new method of procurement in the civil service, in the soon to be independent region, to address bottlenecks in the process.

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Participants who attended the World Bank organized workshop on improving procurement systems in South Sudan. Feb 14, 2011 (ST)

The new tool, dubbed Procurement Value Chain Analysis (PVCA), was introduced at a one-day workshop by the World Bank 14 February, which was attended by 35 officials from the southern government.

Sudan’s South is due to become independent in July after a referendum at the beginning of the year.

During the workshop, held at the World Bank premises in Juba, the participants used the PVCA toll to detect the procurement constraints government officials usually experience while implementing the World Bank-administered Multi-Donor Trust Fund for Southern Sudan (MDTF-SS).

In his remarks at the workshop, Lawrence Clark, the World Bank Southern Sudan progam manager said, “As procurement forms the major chunk of the total outlay of a project, its efficient management is crucial for the success of any project. Thus, the outcome of this analysis will definitely help to further improve the performance of the MDTF-SS in the remaining period.”

Clark urged the participants to be frank while discussing the draft report so that the actual sources of procurements bottlenecks are identified and implementable actions sought.

Participants at the one-day workshop identified the differing methods employed by different government departments and shortages of qualified staff to affect the government’s interim procurement procedure as some of the notable challenges.

The seminar brought together stakeholders to validate the findings in the PVCA report and collectively contribute to the design of implementable remedial actions.

(ST)

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  • 20 February 2011 09:53, by kaci-banno

    I personally dislike so call WORLD BANK because the world bank is a way of western countries policy to control African countries not to progress in political stability. enough for the loans that president Kirr lent by the name of south Sudan development which gone to individual belly development. After 9th July no need for world bank.

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  • 20 February 2011 16:04, by Tambura

    Screw world band what they want in South Sudan getting our oil money right?

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  • 21 February 2011 05:58, by Rin Majok

    It really seems odd, perhaps hypocritical, that "shortages of qualified staff" was cited as a "notable challenge". There are plenty of highly-skilled people in the Diaspora - all over the world - clamoring to return to South Sudan and make a huge, positive impact. Yet, there appears to be little to no effort on the government’s part to lure its Western-educated/-trained sons and daughters back to a nascent state that can use all the expert help it can get its hands on. Why invite expensive European, American, etc., NGOs/expatriates, who really don’t have a vested interest in the future of our country, to do our work for us or "show" us the way? (For most of them, South Sudan is just another well-paying, tax-differing job; it’s not a sacred cause or promise to one’s forebears.) GoSS needs to commission a Southern Talent Recruitment Drive, posthaste!

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