|The EBRD UNCITRAL Initiative Coordination Meeting|
The EBRD UNCITRAL Initiative Coordination Meeting
On 8 July 2013, a Coordination Meeting of the EBRD UNCITRAL Initiative on Enhancing Public Procurement Regulation in the CIS countries and Mongolia took place in the EBRD Headquarters in London.
Ms Caroline Nicholas from UNCITRAL, Mr Jan Jackholt, Mr Michel Nussbaumer, Mr Evgeny Smirnov and Ms Eliza Niewiadomska from the EBRD and other members of the EBRD UNCITRAL Initiative team, public procurement experts, and representatives of international organizations such as Ms Tetiana Khavanska from the OECD Anti-Corruption Network attended the meeting, while partners from international financial institutions such as the Asian Development Bank and the World Bank joined the meeting via video from other parts of the world.
The meeting was aimed at assessing outcome of the recent activities of the EBRD UNCITRAL Initiative: finalizing diagnostic reports on national public procurement legislation, a policy workshop in Mongolia and completion of the preparatory stage of the Initiative country project in Armenia. The Initiative partners also discussed current reform support in the region, political commitment of the governments to improving public procurement system and potential technical cooperation projects to be undertaken under the new 2013-2014 Action Plan of the Initiative. It is envisaged that technical cooperation will focus on the Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan and Mongolia, while developments in Kazakhstan suggest that the Initiative may also involve in the policy dialogue on public procurement with the Kazakh’ Ministry of Finance.
The Initiative team also discussed the benefits of improved coordination among donor organizations in the CIS region, and a possible expansion of the Initiative to establish technical cooperation with the countries of the North Africa. All Initiative partners are active in Egypt, Jordan, Morocco, and Tunisia and the Southern and Eastern Mediterranean region (SEMED) has been recently included in the EBRD’s mandate, which offers a potential for synergies in reform support work in public procurement undertaken in the region.