Meeting on the revision of the OECD MAPS held in Paris 7-8 March 2016 PRINT E-mail

discussion_2[10/03/2016] Eliza Niewiadomska, EBRD Legal Transition Programme; Evgeny Smirnov, EBRD Procurement Department and Jan Jackholt, EBRD Director of the Procurement Department, attended the third meeting on the revision of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Methodology for Assessing Procurement Systems (MAPS) at the Offices of the Council of Europe Development Bank (CEB) in Paris on 7-8 March 2016.

The OECD MAPS provides a common tool which developing countries and donors can use to assess the quality and effectiveness of procurement systems. 

Participants to the two-days meeting included representatives of the OECD, the World Bank, the European Investment Bank, the African Development Bank and the Islamic Development Bank. The aim of the meeting was to recap progress to date,  discuss the first draft of the revised tool, finalise an agreement on scoring and agree on a set of optional modules and to start discussing piloting.   

During the meeting it was found that the first MAPS draft is a good basis for the revised MAPS. However, basic concepts and definitions still need to be clarified. The overall methodology needs to be simplified in order to remain user-friendly and universal.  

The next meeting will be held in mid-May 2016 to validate the updated MAPS within the working group. The launch, before piloting / road show is then expected to take place in October 2016.

The previous OECD MAPS meeting was held in Paris on 4 December 2015

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