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Within the framework of the National Anti-Corruption Strategy of Cameroon, wherein the National Anti-Corruption Commission places emphasis in the fight against corruption and fraud in the public procurement process in Cameroon; and in a bid to strengthen its campaign to combat public contract fraud within the Ministry of Public Contracts; a regional campaign organise by FITCAM to gather perception of public contractors, civil society organisations, members of staff of the regional delegation of the Ministry of Public Contracts (MINMAP), the Ministry of the Economy, Planning and Regional Development (MINEPAT) and the Agency for the Regulation of Public Contracts (ARMP) on public contract corruption and dishonesty for the 2013 financial year within the Ministry of Public Contracts in the South West Region was conducted.
The report highlights several areas in the procurement system that is still significantly prone to fraud. Up to 68% of stakeholders in the public contract sector identify the bid evaluation process as the area most prone to fraud and dishonesty in the public procurement process. Only 12% of the stakeholders sampled agreed that the project evaluation and monitoring processes of the public contract process was prone to fraud and corruption. The report equally identifies bribery as the most common way in which public contractors influence the public contract bidding process in the Ministry of Public Contracts (MINMAP). Concerning the most common cause for corruption and fraud in the public procurement process in Cameroon most stakeholders interviewed said �the most likely cause of corruption and fraud in the public procurement process is the lack of transparency in the bid screening procedure. If corruption were to drop by half in the procurement process beginning 2014 financial year in the public procurement process in Cameroon steps must be taken by the public contractor regulatory and the authorities of the Ministry of Public Contracts to intensify oversight over the bid screening and evaluation process.
Consulting with public contractors on a way forward in the improvement of transparency, fairness and accountability in the public procurement process in the Ministry of Public Contracts FITCAM organised another workshop with technical assistance from the Agency for the Regulation of Public Contracts to engage all actors in a deliberate effort to identify fault lines, services concern with malpractices and fraud in the procurement process as well as the cost of bribery and fraud in doing public contract business in Cameroon. As a way of improving the sector and the public contract process in for the 2014 financial year contractors proposed the followings as recommendations :
Recommend an increase in the percentage of women to senior positions as far as the public procurement process is concern at the Ministry of Public Contracts
Recommend respect for career profile and experience before making appointment decisions on public procurement officials
Recommend that technical studies which are conducted need to be objective and should be carried out with strict respect to the socio�economic realities of the places and environment where the project will be implemented.
Recommend that Government should respect and complete the project life cycle
Recommend the guarantee by Government of continuity in the running of government business even after new officials are appointed
Recommend the assurance and actual decentralization of projects and their management
Recommend anonymity in the presentation of tender files/documents (no tender document should carry the name of a contractor). Again specifications should be made on the type of paging, font size, tables and figures required during submission
Recommend the creation by Government of development banks to accompany development
Recommend that the budgetary time table be adjusted to June (Back to the old system)
Recommend a strict review of the classification of contractors with respect to various contracts
Recommend for annual review meetings like this organised by FITCAM and CNLCC/CONAC (on Perception on Public Contract Fraud) in each region with public contractors on a trimester
Recommend the enforcement of the rule for all business men in the public contract field or contractors to show proof or ownership of a regular and registered office, side plan, tax payers etc. This step will assist in witting out public contractors that are not credible from the sector
Finally the regular training of contractors and other official actors of the Public Contract system by ARMP
Another proposal was the creation by contractors of a union that will monitor the activities and interest of their group.
For a full report on the study of fraud and corruption in the public procurement process in Cameroon conducted by FITCAM for the 2013 financial year ended please send as email to our secretariat at firstname.lastname@example.org"> email@example.com and Cameroon@igi-integrity.com"> Cameroon@igi-integrity.com