Other Co-hosted Events

29 November – 01 December 2011, Fourth High Level Forum for Aid Effectiveness (HLF-4), Busan, Korea:

The Fourth High Level Forum for Aid Effectiveness (HLF-4) was held in Busan, Korea on 29 November to 1 December 2011.  This followed meetings in Rome, Paris and Accra that helped transform aid relationships between donors and partners into true vehicles for development cooperation.  Here ministers and specialists took stock of what has been advanced in implementing the Paris Declaration on Aid Effectiveness (2005) and sought to set out a new consensus on development.

Asian Development Bank (ADB) played a key role to ensure the Asia and Pacific experiences and perspectives are a part of the key HLF-4 agenda and outcomes. It also supported participation of developing countries at the HLF-4.  Click here to learn more about ADB’s role in HLF-4.

HLF-4 Busan also presented an opportunity to raise the strategic importance of public procurement through a procurement side event in the afternoon of Day 2, 30 November 2011.  At that side event, there was discussion on “The Strategic Importance of Public Procurement” (SIPP) by Prof. Gustavo Piga, the primary author of a brief prepared by the ADB.  ADB has funded research leading to the publication of a SIPP brochure for distribution at the forum.  It clearly sets out the opportunities for more effective and efficient public procurement and as an important policy tool.  Click here to view and download a copy of the brochure.

For the latest updates on HLF-4 Busan, do visit http://www.aideffectiveness.org/busanhlf4/.

16-19 May 2011, 7th Central Asia Regional Public Procurement Forum, Tbilisi, Georgia:

The Forum was attended by about 50 professionals and donor officials including high level government officials responsible for public procurement in 11 countries (i.e. Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, FYR of Macedonia, Tajikistan, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Georgia and Uzbekistan); and representatives from the Asian Development Bank (ADB), European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), Islamic Development Bank (IsDB), USAID, EC, GIZ and the World Bank (WB).  In addition to presentations by participants and donors, speakers from public procurement regulatory bodies from Brazil, UNCITRAL and SIGMA also made presentations.

Discussed during the Forum were opportunities in the area of electronic procurement, concessions and utilities law, recent assessment by EBRD on public procurement system in several countries in the region, latest development in UNCITRAL model law, and critical issues in public procurement.  The Forum also took stock on the recent reform on public procurement in all the 11 participating countries.

This year’s Forum was hosted by the State Procurement Agency of Georgia and co-sponsored by the ADB, EBRD, IsDB and WB.  Read more from the website of the State Procurement Agency of Georgia by clicking on this link.

26-28 April, 2011 – South Asia Region Public Procurement Forum, Kathmandu, Nepal:

This regional Forum was hosted by the Public Procurement Monitoring Office (PPMO) of the Government of Nepal, with support from the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the World Bank.  Participants at the Forum included senior government officials responsible for public procurement from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.  A wide range of policy makers, regulatory agencies and oversight agencies representing both public and private sector from Nepal participated in the Forum. Representatives of development partners were also invited.  Such a Forum is aimed to be organized on a regular basis in the Region.  Read MORE.