Identifying Reasons Why Some Tenderers are Unsuccessful in Public Procurement at KNUST

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Public Procurement in Ghana has undergone several reviews since independence. The procurement system aims at procuring goods, works and services of the right quality, at the right price, at the right time and delivered to the right place through an open or restricted competitive tendering process. For this matter, competent and capable tenderers must be engaged in the tendering process to promote fair and open competition as well as equal opportunities to these tenderers. These have come in the form of constitutional, legislative instruments, administrative instructions and financial circulars. The objective of the research was to identify some of the causes why tenderers fail to win bids at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) and also identify the effect of failures on tenderers and the procurement entity. Methodology used was questionnaires, structured interviews and observations (participatory observation) to collect data for the research work. The study found out that to a large extent, KNUST does not notify suppliers when they fail. Tenderers continual failure to win bids is one of the factors decreasing the aims of the Public Procurement Act in Ghana. The more intensive the competition is, the more value is derived from the process. But here is the case where a lot of tenderers will be disqualified during the initial processes of the tendering processes. There by reducing the effectiveness and efficiency of the achievement of the Public Procurement Act. Based on the causes identified, the study recommended that successful and unsuccessful Tenderers should be notified after award of contracts. Also, the institution should organize workshop for the tenderers to discuss some of these issues and come out with the solutions for the problems.
A Thesis Submitted to the Department of Building Technology, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the award of a degree of Master of Science in Procurement Management.
Public Procurement Act 2003 (Act 663), Public Institution, Tenderers, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science & Technology (KNUST)