Issue 1 – December 2011

APPI e-Newsletter

(Published under the Asia Pacific Procurement Partnership Initiative, ADB-RETA 7437)
Issue 1, December 2011

The Asia Pacific Procurement Partnership Initiative (APPI) is a regional technical assistance (RETA) project that establishes ADB’s policy and approach for supporting its member countries in public procurement capacity improvement. It was launched in December 2009 with the aim of creating a platform to strengthen regional (and sub-regional) exchange of information and partnership among public procurement officials.

This newsletter is intended to keep the broad membership of the APPI informed of its activities and events on a quarterly basis. Please feel free to forward this to other interested public procurement colleagues.

> To share news and events, or to be added to the distribution list, please contact: marcianodelacruz.consultant@adb.org
> Click here for links to country procurement systems and e-GP readiness profiles of ADB’s developing member countries (DMCs), to country case studies (if available), as well as to known websites of Public Procurement Authorities in these DMCs.
> Do you wish to consult with public procurement colleagues elsewhere in Asia? Visit the APPI Discussions Page.
> Browse through other useful procurement related weblinks.

Latest News and Public Procurement Events hosted by APPI

Asia Pacific Regional e-GP Conference, Nov 2011, Denpasar

The Asian Development Bank (ADB), in cooperation with the Government of Indonesia through its National Public Procurement Agency (LKPP), organized the conference on electronic government procurement in Asia and the Pacific. It was held on 22 – 24 November 2011 in Denpasar, Indonesia.

The Conference was also supported by the World Bank, The Inter-American Development Bank, The African Development Bank and the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law.

The theme of this conference is “e-GP for Effective Public Procurement.” READ MORE

Contact: lucyignacio.consultant@adb.org

Procurement Partnership Facility Funds Initiatives in 2011

Through the Procurement Partnership Facility, the APPI provides funding for specific country initiatives identified through a competitive process . To date, projects in Nepal, Pakistan, and Thailand have been selected for funding. The projects in Nepal and Pakistan are being implemented and the one in Thailand is in the final stage of design.

The funding ceiling was set at US$150,000 per initiative and the selection criteria are relevance, innovation, and replicability.

The three selected projects are very different in nature— developing a strategic capacity development plan in Nepal, focusing on developing better price information databases for Pakistan’s construction industry, and investigating root causes for procurement corruption in Thailand.

Another round of request for proposals is planned in 2012.

Contact: mkhaltarpurev@adb.org

APPI Kicks Off in Yogyakarta, July 2010

The APPI held a meeting in Yogyakarta, Indonesia on 28-30 July 2010 to develop a work plan and define the outputs of the APPI.

The initial themes identified for this working session (indicated as priorities in the APPI web survey undertaken earlier this year) include electronic government procurement (e-GP); capacity building for more effective procurement monitoring and execution by public procurement agencies (PPAs); and ways in which to promote increased PPA independence.

Participants were senior PPA and ministry officials from Bangladesh, China, India, Indonesia, Mongolia, Pakistan, Philippines and Vietnam, and from organizations such as Procurement Watch, Transparency International, and the International Federation of Consulting Engineers (FIDIC). These participants set out concrete steps to establish regional/sub-regional working groups to promote and maintain inter (and intra) country dialogue, cooperation, and collaboration within their respective regions/sub-regions within the next 2-3 years.

Click on this link for more info.

Sharing Knowledge: South-South Dialogue

Since its launch, the APPI has funded three sub-regional workshops in Georgia, Nepal, and Viet Nam in cooperation with other donors and public procurement agencies.

The event in Tbilisi, Georgia, the 7th Central Asia Regional Public Procurement Forum, was held on 16-19 May 2011. About 50 professionals and donor officials attended 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. 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.

The South Asia Region Public Procurement Forum was held in Kathmandu, Nepal on 26-28 April 2011, and 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.

The workshops have brought together government officials responsible for procurement policies and reforms to discuss common challenges and exchange lessons learned on how to improve public procurement in their respective countries.

This south–south cooperation and knowledge sharing has been highly appreciated by all participants, and this dialogue will be further strengthened through face-to-face meetings in 2011/2012 .

Two common themes have been identified across all the DMCs—e-procurement and capacity development. Under the APPI-funded sub-regional forums, working groups have been established to address these two main themes and to strengthen south–south cooperation and learning.

Contact: jpedersen@adb.org

1st APPI Sub-Regional Meeting, Hanoi, Nov/Dec 2010

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) together with Vietnam’s Public Procurement Agency (PPA) co-organized a two-day East/Southeast Asian Sub-Regional Meeting of the Asia Pacific Procurement Partnership Initiative (APPI). This meeting was held in Hanoi, Vietnam on 30 November to 01 December 2010.

This is the first sub-regional group session coming out of the PPI Start-up Meeting in Yogyakarta last July 2010 where the PPI work plan was developed and its outputs defined.

The themes for this sub-regional meeting in Hanoi included 1) professionalizing the procurement function, and 2) e-Procurement (e-GP). Participants were comprised of public procurement officials from China, Mongolia, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam. Resource persons on e-GP from Canada and South Korea gave presentations.

For further information and access to conference materials, click on this link.

Other News and Public Procurement Events

HLF4—Busan

(With input from DACNews and WP-EFF newsletters)

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 HLF4 – Busan, do visit http://www.aideffectiveness.org/busanhlf4/.

2nd Meeting of the OECD-DAC Task Force on Procurement

(Article courtesy of the Working Party for Aid Effectiveness WP-EFF News Update)

Representatives from partner countries, development partners, civil society and academia met on 4-6 May 2011 in Cuzco, Peru to review progress on the Paris Declaration, particularly regarding the strengthening and use of country systems.

The meeting provided a forum to share experiences and identify lessons learned in the use of country systems and capacity development in procurement.

The meeting also produced the Cuzco Declaration: Strong Procurement Systems for Effective States — a summary of key strategic messages on Procurement. The Declaration underscores the important linkage between efficient and effective procurement and good governance and the need for sustained political commitment to promote meaningful procurement reform and related capacity building. It highlights the need for increased focus on procurement performance as an essential part of improving public sector results – based management. Further, partner countries attending the Cuzco meetings, led by Peru’s Public Procurement Agency (OSCE – Organismo Supervisor de las Contrataciones del Estado) resolved to form a ‘Global Public Procurement Network’ (GPPN Resolution) to harness knowledge and experience of procurement practitioners and professionals around the world by providing a venue for mutual exchange of best practices and a forum for continuing dialogue between countries and development partners to improve development effectiveness.

For the full text of the Cuzco Declaration and the GPPN Resolution, visit: http://www.oecd.org/document/59/0,3746,en_2649_3236398_43440827_1_1_1_1,00.html.

Where the APPI began …

The ADB conducted a consultative meeting on 24-25 August 2009 to gather inputs from procurement officials and donor partners across Asia and the Pacific region to establish a “Procurement Forum”. The proposed Forum aims to establish a mechanism to network procurement policy officials from ADB client countries to facilitate sharing of experiences and the adoption of international good practice in procurement policy and reform.

A total of 68 individuals from 24 developing member countries (DMCs) and other donor partners & civil society organizations came to Manila to participate in the consultative meeting. Click on this link for further information and links to conference materials.

Consequently, the ADB launched on 29 January 2010 an internet-based needs assessment survey to capture the thoughts, opinions and expectations about the PPI and the contemplated functionality of its website and facility by stakeholders, implementers and development partners in public procurement reforms. A .pdf copy of the survey report is available from this link.

Resources

Training Opportunities in Public Procurement

1) UNITAR – United Nations Institute for Training and Research

For a complete listing, see http://www.unitar.org/pft/events

Or contact via Email : pft-elearning@unitar.org

2) Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (CIPS) – For complete listing, see http://www.cips.org/en/trainingevents/

3) United Nations Development Program / Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (UNDP/CIPS) Cooperation on Procurement Certificationhttp://www.undp.org/procurement/training.shtml

For a complete listing, see http://www.undp.org/procurement/trainingcourses.shtml or http://www.cips.org/en/trainingevents/

For further info, send an email to: procurement.training@undp.org