An assessment on solicitation of offers through international competitive tendering – an examination of challenges faced by Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH)

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This study sought to examine the challenges faced by procurement entities for effective execution in the solicitation of offers through international competitive tendering. The study population included management, procurement unit and departmental heads, logistics and stores department of Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital. A sample size of forty (40) respondents was selected from management, staff of the procurement unit, head of departments and staff of logistics and stores of the hospital. The study used purposive sampling. Data was collected through questionnaires. Findings showed that, the challenges plaguing international competitive tendering procurement process consist mainly of difficulties in complying with national policies without violating international conventions and Non-Compliance with Policies and Regulations. Other challenges found included; political interferences in the tendering process, Cost Overruns, Contract Variations, Lack of Proper Knowledge, Skills and Capacity in the institution to effectively execute solicitation of offers through international competitive tendering, failure to adhere to public procurement act and irregularities related to purchases not taken on ledger charges. These challenges were found to have significant negative effects on healthcare delivery, hospital management, operations, staff performance and health of the patient. Based on the findings, the study recommended that management of Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital takes procurement, purchases, management staff, and all other employees active in the procurement process through frequent training programs to update their knowledge and skills, institute operational and punitive measures to halt the perpetuation of corrupt practices in the execution of the procurement process and strict adherence to the Public Procurement Act so as to improve procurement process.
A thesis submitted to the Department of Building Technology, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in partial fulfillment of the requirement for the Degree of Master of Science in Procurement Management.