Training of Procurement Specialists Conducted

Yet another successful CAACC training programme was held from the 25th to 29th September 2017 at the Botswana Public Service College.  Procurement specialists from ten countries in Africa came to gain knowledge and skills; and also to share ideas and their experiences at the programme titled “Combating Corruption and Fraud in Public Procurement”.  The course was officially opened by the Director General of the Directorate on Corruption and Economic Crime (DCEC) Mr. Victor Bruno Paledi.

The course was attended by forty-four (44) participants from different Anti-Corruption Agencies and oversight institutions. These are Botswana Unified Revenue Services, Competition Authority, Office of the Ombudsman, Public Procurement and Asset Disposal Board, Ministry of Finance in Lesotho, Internal Audit unit in Swaziland and Botswana ministries Anti-Corruption units.

Resource persons for the programme were Dr. Roger Koranteng, Mr. Augustus Cole who are both Advisers at the Commonwealth Secretariat and Professor Joseph Ssegawa, a lecturer in Project Management; and Monitoring and Evaluation at the University of Botswana. Mrs. Rose Seretse, the former Director General of the DCEC and also a founding member of the CAACC was also invited to share her experiences on the issues of corruption in public procurement. Notably, she spoke about causes and examples of corruption and fraud in public procurement.

At the end of the programme, participants rated the content in regard to the expectations, usefulness of information, extent of acquisition of new information and relevance to their work highly. The second phase will be held in 2018.