EBRD UNCITRAL Initiative participated in the 11th Public Procurement Knowledge Exchange Forum PRINT E-mail

Anna Mueller, WTO (l) and Caroline Nicholas, UNCITRAL (r) at the Forum in Batumi

[17/06/2015] Eliza Niewiadomska, EBRD Legal Transition Programme and Evgeny Smirnov, EBRD Procurement Department attended the annual policy event for Europe & Central Asia: Regional Public Procurement Knowledge Exchange Forum which took place in Batumi, 9-12 June 2015. This year the Forum discussions focused on procurement oversight and monitoring as means for development effectiveness.

The main objectives of the Forum were to provide an opportunity to national institutions which have the oversight control function from participating countries to share their experiences and practices in public procurement reforms, with a special focus on procurement oversight and monitoring; as well as to promote and foster regional and cross regional cooperation in public procurement, and good governance.                Caroline Nicholas (right), UNCITRAL at the Forum in Batumi

The event was organised by the World Bank (WB) and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) in cooperation with the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the Islamic Development Bank (IsDB), the European Investment Bank (EIB), the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and OECD/SIGMA.

Speakers and participants from all participating countries and the representatives of the development partners made presentations on their experiences on “Country Procurement Oversight and Monitoring” systems that will be useful for other countries.              
Eliza Niewiadomska_and_Evgeny Smirnov

Evgeny Smirnov (photo left) welcomed the hosts and participants of the Forum. Evgeny highlighted the importance of a robust oversight control function as an integral part of good public governance, especially as procurement is concerned. It was further noted that EBRD exercises and summon all other parties to apply a proactive project management and integrity control in order to mitigate project implementation risks. Evgeny invited all participants to open a dialogue and share their experience and knowledge with each other in this field.

Eliza Niewiadomska (photo left) took part in Panel discussion: Oversight and Monitoring –Overview, Future and Approaches where she spoke on the future of procurement review and monitoring in the context of open data and open procurement concepts.


UNCITRAL_OECD_WTO_SIGMA_EBRD_representatives_at_the_Forum_in_BatumiMs Niewiadomska also chaired the presentation and panel discussion on international organisations’ perspectives in which EBRD counterparts took part. Mr Paulo Magina, Head of Public Procurement Unit, OECD gave a presentation about the OECD Approach for Effective Implementation of Public Procurement Systems. Mr Daniel Ivarsson, Senior Advisor, SIGMA and Mr Marian Lemke, Senior Advisor Public Procurement, SIGMA spoke about the principles of public procurement and their systematic assessment based on SIGMA’s current experience. Ms Caroline Nicholas, Senior Legal Officer, International Trade Law Division (UNCITRAL Secretariat) gave a presentation on procurement oversight and monitoring - a means for efficient project implementation and use of the UNCITRAL Model Law. Ms Anna Caroline Müller, Legal Affairs Officer, WTO, talked about Review of national implementing legislation in the GPA accession process and post-accession monitoring:current practice and future developments.                                                                         

The Forum was attended by around 100 people. These included about 50 high level government officials responsible for public procurement in 25 countries (Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia , Bulgaria, Croatia, FYR Macedonia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Moldova, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovenia, Tajikistan, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, Uzbekistan and Mongolia) and representatives from the ADB, IsDB, EBRD, SIGMA, EIB, OECD, WB and others.

More information about the Forum (including agenda, presentations and information about the speakers) can be found on the website of the Forum.

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