[11/02/2016] The Ministry of Finance of Egypt invited international organisations to Cairo to discuss plans for public procurement reforms in the country. On 3 February 2016 a policy workshop was held and gathered around 50 participants, including representatives of the General Authority of Government Services (GAGS), ministries, public prosecutor’s office, utilities sector (in particular electricity), business organisations, EU Delegation to Egypt, OECD Governance, OECD/SIGMA, the World Bank, the African Development Bank and others.
The event aimed at creating a forum for policy dialogue with national reform leaders, the Ministry of Finance and the GAGS and discussing reform implementation challenges, structuring secondary legislation for amended law and other related topics. The review of draft amendments to the provisions of the tenders and auctions law carried out by the EBRD was discussed at the workshop.
Khalid M. Nofal and Erika Bozzay EBRD, OECD teams meet Khalid M. Nofal Olivier Moreau and Khalid M. Nofal
During the first session the participants discussed planned amendments to the Egyptian public procurement law in comparison with international best practice. Key speakers from international standard-setting organisations: UNCITRAL (Caroline Nicholas and Samira Musayeva), OECD Governance (Paulo Magina), OECD/SIGMA (Erika Bozzay) presented latest public procurement policy thinking that could be relevant for Egyptian reforms. The presentation is also available in Arabic. The recording of the session is available here.
The second session discussed best practice for modern public procurement systems, framework agreements in particular and using electronic tools for increasing transparency and participation of local suppliers and contractors in public tenders. The presentation is also available in Arabic. The recording of the session is available here.
Paulo Magina, OECD Governance, shared his experience of implementing electronic procurement (eProcurement) reforms in Portugal and introducing very successful system of online multi-supplier framework agreements for central government. Paulo’s presentation is also available in Arabic.
Oleksandr Starodubtsev, Ministry of Economic Development and Trade of Ukraine, presented the ProZorro Project, an innovative concept of eProcurement system currently under implementation in Ukraine. The presentation is also available in Arabic.
The examples of the eProcurement reform in Ukraine and Portugal were described in the Guide to electronic procurement reform “Are you ready for eProcurement” launched by the EBRD at the Electronic Procurement Forum in Vienna in December 2015.
The third session focused on government’s schedule and objectives for the reform project in Egypt. MM Khalid M. Nofal and the Reform Working Group from the General Authority for Government Services spoke about their priorities, reform agenda and ways international organisations could contribute to the reform project of the Egyptian government. The recording of the session is available here.
PP Reform workshop in Cairo Lively discussions between the sessions Oleksandr Starodubtsev, Paulo Magina