• Country Notes

    Croatia: New Modernised Public Procurement Rules Will Enter Into Force On 1 January 2017

    On 9 December 2016, the Croatian Parliament adopted the eagerly awaited new Public Procurement Act (Zakon o javnoj nabavi; "PPA")1 which enters into force on 1 January 2017. The PPA implements the new public procurement specific directives (2014/24/EU and 2014/25/EU) and brings about a number of significant changes to the Croatian public procurement legal framework. All public procurement procedures launched as of 1 January 2017 are subject to the new PPA.

    Australia: Commonwealth procurement set for massive change

    Revised Commonwealth Procurement Rules (CPRs) come into effect on 1 March 2017. Labelled as a "massive change" by Senator Nick Xenophon, the updates will impact on the manner in which Commonwealth agencies manage procurement processes subject to Division 2 of the CPRs.

    Australia, Turnbull: Building procurement bill for local supplies ‘breaks WTO rules’

    The government is to change its procurement rules, from March 1, in order to require that “ethical factors” are met when contracts are awarded, as part of the deal it struck to gain the support of Senator Nick Xenophon’s group for its building industry legislation.

    Procurement for start-ups: where to begin?

    For many new or soon-to-be business owners and founders the procurement process is the least of their worries – or so they think. Usually caught up in issues regarding their hiring process, chain of command, growth and marketing strategies and similar traditional start-up issues, many put the procurement process to the back of their minds. Generally, the reason for this is because it seems like quite a simple process - Locate needed goods. Pay. Receive purchased goods. Document transaction. Seems easy right? Unfortunately, like any experienced manager or business owner will tell you, a business process is never as easy as it first may seem.

    Report: The 7 traits procurement high-performers display

    The notion that procurement is anything less than a key player in any company is not only inaccurate, but also self-defeating. Yet, a recent survey of 500 procurement professionals by AC Associates found 48% believe their bosses do not "get" what procurement's role is, while 55% felt they were treated as a "support" role,  Supply Chain Digital reports.

    Zimbabwe: Govt to regulate procurement

    Presenting the State of Industry on Wednesday, Industry and Commerce minister Mike Bimha, said his ministry was in the process of developing a policy which will force major companies to procure locally. He said the policy will be introduced to support and reinforce gains made during the introduction of the highly-unpopular Statutory Instrument 64 which saw government suspending a number of products from the Open General Import licence.

    New Zealand: Building capacity of auditors on public procurement

    The controller and auditor-general of Samoa Fuimaono Camillo Afele is hosting the Pacific regional program on compliance audit of public procurement which is part of an international capacity building program developed and delivered jointly by the INTOSAI Development Initiative and the Pacific Association of Supreme Audit Institutions.

    Rwanda: Made-in-Rwanda: Govt to review procurement law

    The law on public procurement is set for review as one of the strategies to boost products that are made in Rwanda. According to the Minister for Trade, Industry, and East African Community Affairs, François Kanimba, the existing law has seen imported products gain an upper hand, consequently increasing the trade deficit.

    Philadelphia: Philadelphia Is Modernizing Procurement Regs For Modern Needs

    The City of Philadelphia is on track to comprehensively modernize its “old-school” procurement regulations, which have not changed since 1951.The proposed method, dubbed “Best Value,” will be put to Philadelphia voters in the form of a ballot referendum next May. “Best Value" is a practice employed successfully in 18 of the top 20 largest U.S. cities, as well as many states and the federal government.

    Canada: Newfoundland & Labrador’s New Public Procurement Act

    On December 14, 2016, Bill 46 and the Newfoundland and Labrador Public Procurement Act became law. The new Act isn't yet in effect, however, and the NL government indicates it will implement it in several phases (though this is only an estimated timeline and is subject to change): The parts of the Act creating the new Public Procurement Agency and Chief Procurement Officer will be dealt with sometime in early 2017. The government will then prepare the regulations, expected to be completed in the first quarter of 2017.

    India: Demonetisation move prompts digitisation of milk procurement

    Post-demonetisation, digitisation of milk procurement is getting a massive boost in organized segment which represents 20% of India's dairy industry. Cooperatives and private companies are looking for digital solutions for direct credit to cattle owners' accounts to ensure uninterrupted supply of milk despite currency shortage.

    India: India digitises procurement

    The Indian Government has launched a procurement site for vendors to bid for government projects. GeM, short for Government e-Marketplace, currently sells 2,534 products across 469 registered government departments, Radha Chauhan, Chief Executive Officer at India’s national e-governance division, told Bloomberg.

    Turkey: Public Procurement Authority Requires Local Currency

    The Regulations amending the Public Procurement Application Regulations and the Communiqué amending the Public Procurement General Communiqué entered into force with the publication of the Official Gazette dated 29.11.2016.

    Australia: The New Commonwealth Procurement Rules: Will the procurement benefit the Australian economy?

    The final week of the sitting calendar for 2016 has seen not only Senate crossbench support for a Bill to re-establish the Australian Building and Construction Commission, but also some important changes to the Commonwealth Procurement Rules (CPRs), including a requirement to consider the “economic benefit of the procurement to the Australian economy”.

    NC’s good governance committee calls for Procurement Act

    There is a need to enact a Public Procurement Act, states the “review report on the public procurement system” by the good governance committee of the National Council (NC). Presenting the report in the House yesterday, the committee’s chairperson Tempa Dorji said public procurement is a crucial pillar of service delivery for any government. He said a well governed public procurement system is imperative for fostering public sector efficiency and establishing citizens’ trust.

    Jamaica: Fayval Williams emphasizes importance of public procurement

    Minister of State in the Ministry of Finance and the Public Service, Fayval Williams, says public procurement is a viable means of stimulating sustained economic growth and development. Williams was speaking at the opening of the 12th Inter-American Network on Government Procurement (INGP) conference, at the Montego Bay Convention Centre in St James, on November 29.

    Zimbabwe: Public Hearings on Bill Commence

    Public hearings by Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Finance and Economic Development on the Public Procurement and Disposal of Assets Bill and the Reserve Bank Amendment Bill will commence today countrywide. The Public Procurement and Disposal of Assets Bill will repeal the Procurement Act and abolish the State Procurement Board, while the Reserve Bank Amendment Bill, seeks to give broader legal effect to the introduction of bond notes.

    Australia: New procurement rules in exchange for ABCC

    The federal government has unveiled changes to commonwealth procurement rules in a bid to secure crossbench support for its building industry watchdog in the Senate. Finance Minister Mathias Cormann tabled the new procurement rules, due to come into effect on March 1, in parliament on Tuesday night.

    Going through a merger? Procurement plays an important role

    The procurement department is indispensable when it comes to delivering the savings promised by a corporate merger. There has been a lot of news about mergers lately. We've been hearing about activity involving the chemical companies Dow Chemical and DuPont, Starwood Hotels and Marriott, and security systems company Tyco International and the industrial conglomerate Johnson Controls, to name a few. The research firm Dealogic LLC reports that on a global basis, the value of announced mergers in the first half of 2016 amounted to US$1.71 trillion.

    Assam, India: E-procurement made mandatory for tenders worth Rs 20 lakh and above

    All procurements of tenders worth Rs 20 lakhs and above need to be mandatorily issued through e-tendering from December 1, 2016, while the earlier limit was Rs 1 crore. Disclosing the above, an official press release here said that the State’s Finance Department has re-notified Para 4, Para 6 and Para 8 by an Office Memorandum dated November 23, 2016, which stated that all administrative departments of Government of Assam and its subordinate directorates/offices/agencies, etc., (including institutions receiving grants-in-aids from Government of Assam) shall resort to e-procurement (https://assamtenders.gov.in) with effect from December 1, 2016 for all tenders of value of Rs 20 lakh and above.

    South Africa: The Department of Trade and Industry (the dti) hosts Policy Dialogue to reflect on Procurement Accord

    The Department of Trade and Industry (the dti) will host the economic policy dialogue to discuss the role that big business can play to enhance the Local Procurement and localisation. The Director-General of the dti, Mr Lionel October says buying locally manufactured goods and products will go a long way in creating jobs in South Africa.

    Sudan: Towards Enhancing the Treatment of Patients in Sudan: UNDP and Ministry of Health Reach an Agreement on Broad-scale Procurement of Essential Medicines

    The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the Ministry of International Cooperation and the Ministry of Health have reached in March 2016 a breakthrough agreement on broad-scale procurement of medicines, medical and laboratory equipment and consumables aiming to extensively increase access to treatment of patients in Sudan.

    Jamaica: Jamaica to host Inter-American Network on Government Procurement conference in St James

    Over 300 participants from thirty-two countries across the region are expected to be in attendance at the twelfth annual Inter-American Network on Government Procurement (INGP) Conference. INGP is an initiative of the countries of the Americas and is supported by the Organisation of American States (OAS).

    Australia : Government outlines Australia’s IT procurement future

    A future platform for Australia’s IT procurement system should be able to “ingest and provide technology,” according to Assistant Minister for Digital Transformation, Angus Taylor. Taylor, who spoke at an Open Opportunity forum in Canberra on 24 November, said that such a government procurement gateway would need to be open and streamlined, so that new technologies could be deployed quickly to improve public services.

    Sri Lanka: e-GP for transparent public procurement

    Following the establishment of an Independent Procurement Commission under the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, The Ministry of Finance is considering the introduction of an Electronic Government Procurement system to make the procurement process more transparent and corruption free.

    World Bank: Procurement innovation awards launched

    The South Asia Regional Public Procurement Network with Asian Development Bank, the World Bank and Procurement iNET have recently launched South Asia Procurement Innovation Awards 2016-17. The key objective of the Awards is to enhance learning and knowledge sharing from innovative approaches adopted by procurement entities and systems across the region, the Central Procurement Unit of the planning ministry said in a statement.  Case studies under five categories should be submitted by December 31, 2016.

    Croatia: New Rules for Public Procurement Procedures in Croatia

    The most economically advantageous offer will in the future be the only criterion for selecting winning bids in public procurement procedures. That is one of changes which will be instituted by the new Law on Public Procurement, which was adopted at today’s session of the cabinet. The proposal will now go to Parliament and is expected to enter into force soon thereafter.

    Zimbabwe: Procurement reforms intensify

    A TEAM from the World Bank-administered multi-donor trust completes its mission today of supporting the implementation of a programme to reform public procurement. It met officials from the Office of President and Cabinet (OPC) and other agencies involved in the procurement reforms.

    India: India publishes new guidelines for procurement misconduct

    The Indian Ministry of Defence (MoD) published on 21 November long-delayed guidelines on how to deal with suppliers who have been charged with misconduct in defence procurement. The "guidelines for penalties in business dealings with entities" remove the previous blanket 10-year ban on any company alleged of wrongdoing. Over the past decade more than 10 companies are known to have been subjected to these disbarments.

    Canada: New Public Procurement Act Aims To Bring ‘Best Value’ To Province

    The provincial government has introducing a new public procurement act to replace the decades old Public Tendering Act. The legislation will dictate how government acquires goods, services, public works projects, and even leases office space. Among the many changes; the proposed legislation introduces the idea of "best value," rather than simply awarding contracts to the lowest bidder.

    India: Procurement: India Declares An Ammo Emergency

    ndia is again invoking its emergency FTP (Fast Track Procurement) procedures which enable immediate purchase of essential military items without the usual political and procurement delays that can add years, sometimes a decade or more, to obtaining needed items. In this case the FTP is being invoked to purchase a billion dollars of ammunition (mostly), small arms and replacement parts for some weapons. The urgency was triggered by the increasing possibility of a border war with Pakistan.

    Jamaica: Procurement commission begins work

    The newly formed Public Procurement Commission (PPC) has begun operating and wants the public, especially bidders, to acquaint themselves with the law and the procedural requirements of the procurement process.

    Sierra Leone: GOSL in Collaboration with NPPA Ends E – Government Procurement Workshop

    The Government of Sierra Leone in Collaboration with the National Public Procurement Authority (NPPA), with support from the World Bank, on Tuesday 15th 2016 held a one day E- Government Procurement workshop at the Miatta conference Hall.   The theme for the one day E - Government Procurement workshop was: “Enhancing Public Procurement Efficiency - A case for E - Government Procurement”. The purpose of the workshop was to bring together a wide range of stakeholders from Sierra Leone to foster sensitization and awareness on the necessity for the migration to an E - GP operational platform for conducting public sector procurement processes.

    United Kingdom, Ireland: Procurement Guidelines under the Code of Practice for the Governance of State Bodies 2016

    The Irish Government has published a new Code of Practice on governance which applies to commercial and non-commercial State and regulatory bodies. The Code came into effect on 1 September 2016 and, among other corporate governance rules, it contains important guidance on public procurement practice.

    Republic of Malta: Reforming public procurement

    The European Union promotes a strategy of transparent, fair and competitive public procurement across the Single Market as it generates business opportunities, drives economic growth and creates jobs. The tactics it uses to achieve this strategic objective includes cutting red tape and capitalising on the benefits of the digital revolution. Improved governance, the simplification of procedures and the greater use of electronic tools in public procurement are other important tools for fighting fraud and corruption.

    World Bank set out to reform its procurement process. What’s changed?

    The World Bank’s ambitious new procurement framework, the product of three years of work and extensive consultation, officially went live in July. Now all new projects use the new system. The procurement reform process, which officially started in 2012, was designed to address concerns raised by businesses, staff and borrower countries about the policies for buying goods, works and services with bank-financed loans.

    Argentina: Amendments To The Federal Government’s Procurement Regime

    As from October 2016, a set of amendments to the framework, governing Federal Government Procurement have entered into force. On October 1, 2016, by means of Decree No. 1030 the Federal Executive Branch (the "PEN" after its Spanish acronym) introduced a set of amendments to the Federal Government's Procurement Regime. The new regulation has been issued in a context of modernization and development of applied technologies to the public administration, to facilitate access to contractors' selection process.

    United States, Richmonde: New procurement law IRR seminar in Iloilo

    The 2016 revised implementing rules and regulation (IRR) of the procurement law has been signed into law and took effect on October 28. Don’t be left behind. These changes will impact on all government procurement and transactions with the private sector.

    Belize: Ministry of Economic Development to hold procurement workshop

    The Ministry of Economic Development, Petroleum, Investment, Trade and Commerce, is preparing to hold a week-long training on public procurement for government departments. Public procurement is the process by which public authorities, such as government departments or local authorities, purchase work, goods or services from companies. The training, funded by the 10th European Development Fund, forms a part of a regional project between Caribbean Forum (CARIFORUM) countries and the European Union (EU).

    Philadelphia: Bill aims to reshape Philly procurement, drop tunnel vision on initial bid price

    City Council is considering a bill that would change the Philadelphia City Charter so public works contracts would be awarded based on "best value," instead of the current system where the lowest bidder always wins. The legislation is the latest piece to come out of the Administrative Office that aims to bring the procurement process into the 21st century.

    Zimbabwe: Government gazettes Procurement Bill

    Government has gazette the Public Procurement and Disposal of Public Assets Bill that seeks to abolish the State Procurement Board and constitute the Procurement Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe to oversee and regulate procurement activities among State Enterprises. Gazetting of the Bill is expected to enhance transparency following allegations of rampant corruption red tape at the SPB.

    Ukraine: Health Ministry signs procurement agreement with Crown Agents to use 2016 budget funds

    Ukraine's Health Ministry has signed a medicine procurement agreement with Britain's Crown Agents to use 2016 budget funds. Crown Agents told Interfax-Ukraine that the agreement was signed on October 27. Soon it would be specified under what programs and what cost of the procurement will be.

    South Africa: Public Procurement Bill to Be Considered By Cabinet

    Cape Town — A Public Procurement Bill, aimed at consolidating the legal and policy framework for supply chain management, will be considered by Cabinet before April 2017, National Treasury said on Wednesday. In the Medium Term Budget Policy Statement (MTBPS) tabled in Parliament by Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan, National Treasury said the Office of the Chief Procurement Officer (OCPO) is working to improve spending efficiency and eliminate opportunities for corruption.

    Scotland: Partnership or procurement: a roundtable on collaboration across sectors

    “I know that some in the public sector are always a little bit reticent about private sector involvement. I think times are changing and we’re seeing more folk see private sector involvement as an opportunity rather than a threat, as it often was felt in the past,” said Kevin Stewart, Scottish Government Minister for Local Government and Housing, in his opening remarks at the Holyrood and Carillion roundtable on public-private partnership.

    South Africa: Gauteng Introduces Open Tender Law to Tighten Public Procurement

    Finance MEC Barbara Creecy today announced that the Gauteng Provincial Treasury will next year introduce legislation to make the Open Tender system a law that must be followed to procure goods and services in the province.

    Angola: Meet the Law | Angola Update ­ Public Procurement Reforms

    After more than five years since the publication of Law No. 20/10, of September 7, the National Assembly of Angola approved an important amendment to the Public Procurement Act - now denominated "Lei dos Contratos Públicos" - by Law No. 9/16 of 16 June. This review has the purpose to bridge the gaps that have been identified over the years of implementation of the Law.

    New South Wales: NSW procurement changes will deliver boost to innovation, Minister says…Changes make it easier for government agencies to conduct proof-of-concept testing using products and services offered by SMEs

    Changes to New South Wales government procurement that took effect at the start of October will better enable agencies to trial innovative products and services offered by startups, according to the state’s minister for innovation and better regulation, Victor Dominello.

    India: Mission Bhagiratha: Telangana govt starts massive procurement process

    The decision to buy motors and piping equipment from Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd (BHEL) was taken at a meeting chaired by Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao to review the Rs 40,000 core project. The Telangana government on Sunday decided to buy all electromechanical equipment for its ambitious Mission Bhagiratha, aimed at providing piped drinking water to each of the state's 84 lakh households by 2018, from public-sector BHEL, an official statement said.

    Cayman Islands: MLAs back bill to tighten public procurement

    A bill designed to remove political interference, create transparency, improve efficiency, get better value for money and generally tighten up the entire process around government procurement was backed by the parliament Monday, with no opposition, following its second reading. Government hopes that the legislation, which has been a long time coming and inspired by years of concern raised publicly and frequently by the Office of the Auditor General, will eliminate perceptions of corruption and, in the end, save government money.

    Phillippines: PH scores high in preparation, procurement of PPPs – World bank

    Philippine Public-Private Partnership (PPP) program scored high in preparation and procurement of PPPs in the latest World Bank Report. The Philippines received a score of 96 in preparation of PPPs, 85 on procurement of PPPs, 84 for PPP contract management and 67 for unsolicited proposals. “Scores nearing 100 are economies that are considered having PPP regulatory frameworks that closely align with internationally recognized good practices,” the WB report said.

    Malta: Public procurement to be decentralised – new procedures announced

    The government has announced changes to its procurement procedures, saying they would lead to more efficiency and transparency. They would also make it easier and cheaper for companies to seek government contracts. The new regulations bring Malta in line with EU directives. The Ministry of Finance and the Principal Permanent Secretary said calls for tender would now be made online through an Electronic Public procurement System (EPPS).

    Ghana: Plans underway to create new procurement entity

    The Ministry of Trade and Industry (MOTI), has revealed plans to merge the Ghana Supply Commission, and the Ghana National Procurement Authority into one National Procurement Company (NPC). This is expected to give greater teeth to the enforcement of the recently launched Made-in-Ghana Policy, which has instructed all public institutions to procure made-in-Ghana goods and services.

    Europe: Rail Baltica procurement agreement signed.

    Nine government and railway organisations from Latvia, Estonia and Lithuania have signed an agreement setting out the procurement model for Rail Baltica II, the planned 1 435 mm gauge line which would run 728 km to Riga and Tallinn from the current standard gauge railhead at Kaunas. Baiba Rubesa, CEO of the tri-national project promotion joint venture RB Rail, said the agreement was important because there is no European precedent for a three-way rail infrastructure project.

    London: New guide on social and environmental public procurement

    The UK government has issued guidance on how the public sector should incorporate social and environmental considerations into procurement. The guidance has been produced in response to the 2014 EU procurement regulations, some of which came into force earlier this year. “One of the objectives of the new directives is to allow contracting authorities to make better use of public procurement in support of common societal goals,” said the report.

    Armania: Prime Minister orders to shift to centralized government procurement

    Armenian Prime Minister Karen Karapetyan has given today two weeks to the ministry of finance to draw a draft legal act on the partial centralization of the procurement process.

    Ghana: Procurement of Made-in-Ghana goods to become mandatory — Spio-Garbrah

    The Ministry of Trade and Industry is considering enacting legislation that will make it mandatory for public institutions to procure made-in-Ghana goods and services. The move is to ensure that public institutions do not procure foreign goods when there are Made-in-Ghana goods and services over which the country has a competitive advantage in production.

    India: Draft of procurement policy for MSMEs framed in Haryana: Capt. Abhimanyu

    Haryana Government has formulated a public procurement policy for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) in the state. Finance Minister Capt. Abhimanyu said on Sunday that the policy would help promote MSMEs by improving their market access and competitiveness through increased participation.

    Zimbabwe: The Public Procurement Bill to bring transparency in Procurement Systems await gazetting..

    The Public Procurement Bill is ready for gazetting, setting the stage for the establishment of a procurement regulatory authority that will supervise and bring transparency in tender processes. Finance & Economic Development Minister Patrick Chinamasa told that the Bill would address historic loopholes and ensure fairness, honesty, and cost effectiveness and industry competition.

    Yukon : Government outlines plan to revamp procurement guidelines

    The Yukon government has set out a list of steps it will take to improve how it designs and awards government contracts, in order to help local businesses compete.

    Vietnam/United States: U. S. advances Global Procurement Initiative partnership in Vietnam

    The U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) on Thursday expanded its partnership with Vietnam under the Agency’s Global Procurement Initiative (GPI). USTDA and the Public Procurement Agency (PPA) signed a grant agreement to cooperate on a feasibility study that will develop a database to track the past performance of contractors operating in Vietnam, the U.S. Embassy in Hanoi said in a press release the same day.

    United Kingdom: A new toolkit has been launched to help local authorities obtain the most social value out of their public procurement.

    The Social Value Maturity Index (SVMI) is a self-assessment tool allowing both public buyers and private suppliers to quantify how well they deliver social value. It automatically provides a tailored action plan and will allow companies to compare their progress with peers. It was launched in UK Parliament on 12 September 2016.

    Uganda: The Public Procurement and Disposal of Public Asset Authority (PPDA) amending procurement law

    The Public Procurement and Disposal of Public Asset Authority (PPDA) are in the process of amending the procurement laws in order to create efficiency in the procurement process. Moses Ojambo, the PPDA Director in charge of Capacity Building and Advisory Services said the amended law would focus much on issues intended to minimize forgeries, fight corruption and reduce time wastage in the procurement and tendering process.

    Turkey: Turkey To Launch Public Procurement System For Railway Passenger Transport

    Turkey has introduced a new system for procurement of railway passenger transportation services. From 1 May 2018 onward, railway train operators will be chosen via a tender procedure, announced by the Ministry of Transport, Maritime Affairs and Communication. The Regulation was published in Official Gazette number 29807 on 20 August 2016, coming into force on the same date.

    Sierra Leone: Launches ‘Pay No Bribe’ Campaign

    Anti corruption officials in Sierra Leone have been touring regional communities to promote the country’s Pay No Bribe campaign. The campaign, being run by the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC), involves a website to record and report evidence on bribery and corruption in five service areas: education, electricity, health, police and water and sanitation.

    Sri Lanka: Ensuring good governance in public procurement- Interview with Mr. P. Algama, Director-General, Public Finance, Ministry of Finance, Govt. of Sri Lanka

    Public procurement reform is a priority to the Government of Sri Lanka (GOSL). The need to improve Sri Lanka’s public sector governance system in order to achieve long-term economic and social development goals is a more pressing issue now than ever before. Especially with the end of the civil war, which crippled the economic progress of the country for three decades, demand for good governance has become a priority. Civil society, donors, and the international community have put pressure on the new government that came to power in January 2015 with the mandate of providing “Good Governance,” in order to improve the governance system and to accomplish much-needed economic and social development. There is consensus among all groups to help Sri Lanka improve its public sector governance, especially in the area of Public Financial Management.

    South Africa: President to Repeal Current Preferential Procurement Act

    The Preferential Procurement Policy Framework Act (PPPFA) has not yielded the transformation results it was set to achieve, and given the shortcomings of the act, it will be repealed, said President Jacob Zuma.

    Rwanda: Government Orders All Public Procurement Services Go Online Next Year

    The Government is set to roll out electronic public procurement system, dubbed "Umucyo e-Procurement System of Rwanda," at all public entities. The move is in a bid to transition from paper-based work toward digital age. The system is expected to ensure transparency and accountability in procurement and increase the ability of the country's entities to deliver better services to citizens.

    Russia: Government to change tender conditions for public procurement of high-priced drugs

    The Russian Ministry of Health is considering changing the conditions of tendering for the public procurement of high-priced drugs and vaccines, according to recent statements of an official spokesman of Veronika Skvortsova, Russia’s Minister of Health. It is planned that changes may involve the introduction of restrictions on the participation of small companies, reports The Pharma Letter’s local correspondent.

    Russia: Russian Goods to Have Priority in Country’s Public Procurement Starting 2017

    Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has signed a decree giving priority to Russian goods and services over foreign ones in government procurement starting next year, a document published on the official Russian government website says. The decree will come into force on January 1, 2017."Set a priority for goods of Russian origin, work and services carried out or rendered by Russian individuals, in carrying out the procurement of goods, work and services… over goods originating from a foreign country, work and services carried out or rendered by foreign persons," the Friday document says.

    Romania: Public procurement to be carried out online in Romania by 2018

    All public procurement needs to be carried out online by 2018, said yesterday Bogdan Puscas, president of the National Public Procurement Agency (ANAP).

    Nigeria: Government To Begin E-Procurement In Six Ministries

    The Federal Government of Nigeria has announced plans to start the pilot phase of electronic procurement (E-Procurement) systems in six ministries. The government says a total of 48 billion Naira is expected to be saved from the new initiative.

    Mexico/US: U.S. establishes procurement partnership with Mexico

    The U.S. Trade and Development Agency and the Government of Mexico’s Ministry of Public Administration, Secretaría de la Función Pública (SFP), formalized a partnership that will promote transparency, increased competition and best value in the procurement of public works and infrastructure projects in Mexico. Under this agreement, USTDA and the Government of Mexico are launching a training workshop as part of the Agency’s Global Procurement Initiative: Understanding Best Value (GPI).

    Macau: DSF to boost transparency of public procurement

    The Financial Services Bureau (DSF) has undertaken research regarding the feasibility of setting up a new database for developers and suppliers in the city for public procurement, as well as launching a new website to announce information on public tenders.

    India: Procurement system to go online in haryana

    The crops of farmers in Haryana would be procured online through e-procurement from October 1 and its payment would be made direct to the farmers’ bank accounts.

    India: Indian MoD tweaks procurement procedures

    India's Ministry of Defence (MoD) has significantly increased the military's procurement powers to meet revenue or operational expenses, a decade after they were last reviewed. Under the MoD's Delegation of Financial Powers to Defence Services (DFPDS) 2016 released on 6 September, the financial powers of the respective Vice Chiefs down to battalion and company commanders - and their naval and air force equivalents - had in some cases doubled and quadrupled to acquire assorted goods and services.

    Guyana: Establishes procurement commission

    Guyana has finally established a commission, removing government involvement in spending public funds on tendering and procurement, the Guyana Government Information Agency confirmed. The Public Procurement Commission (PPC) consists of five members with experience of procurement, legal, financial and administrative matters and will bring to an end the government cabinet’s role in the award of multi-million dollar contracts.

    Angola: New Law On Public Procurement Comes Into Effect

    Luanda — The new bill on public procurement recently approved by the National Assembly, revoking the previous law will be coming into effect on September 16. The document that defends the rationalisation, reduction and control of public expenditure has as its main purpose to modernise and simplify the public procurement procedures.

    India: Commerce ministry starts e-marketplace for goods procurement

    NEW DELHI: The Commerce Ministry has launched an e-marketplace for online purchase of goods and services by various central government ministries and departments.

    Kenya: It Is Back to School for Procurement Officers

    All procurement professionals in Kenya must now go back to class to acquire certification following the enactment of a new law, which makes it mandatory for supply chain officers to be licensed. Those who violate the new requirement face a fine or a term in jail. The Public Procurement and Asset Disposal Act (2015) -- which took effect in January this year -- requires all practising purchasing officers to hold professional qualifications on top of their academic papers.

    Tanzania: Suppliers Happy With LPG Bulk Procurement Plans

    Few years ago, the government adopted the bulk procurement system in the importation of petroleum under the Petroleum and Bulk Procurement Agency (PBPA). "This system has brought positive changes in the importation of petroleum in the country, we expect the same thing in the importation of LPG," said Mr Mohamed.

    New Qatar Public Procurement Law

    Last week the State of Qatar implemented a new public procurement law. The new law further aligns Qatar's public procurement laws with international best practice and should streamline public procurement in Qatar.

    Zambia: Govt tackles graft….As Lungu launches e-Govt Procurement System Guide

    PRESIDENT Edgar Lungu has launched the e-Government procurement system guide meant to enhance transparency, save Zambia millions of Kwacha and stop public outcry in the procurement process. The new system will guide all public procurement contracts and curb malpractices, to enable the country save millions of Kwacha. The system that will be run by the Zambia Public Procurement Authority (ZPPA) will enhance transparency and participation of small-scale business entities.

    Thailand: Cabinet nod for public procurement draft

    The cabinet yesterday approved a draft bill on public procurement, which will govern purchases made not only by all state agencies, but also by local administrative organisations, state enterprises, public...

    “Miloda”, Sri Lanka joins hands with Procurement iNET to launch CPPP

    The World Bank entered into a memorandum of understanding with Miloda, Academy of Financial studies, the training arm of Ministry of Finance, Sri Lanka, to launch joint certification of the Certificate Program in Public Procurement (CPPP), here in Colombo on Monday. Mr. Anura Lokuhetty, Co-CEO signed the MoU on behalf of Miloda and Mr. Haider […]

    Bangladesh: 200 Terra-Byte Storage for e-Procurement

    The World Bank helps the government to scale up electronic procurement system to meet higher demand for more effective and efficient use of public funds. A new data centre with 200 terra-byte storage capacity will be set up with an additional financing of $10 million that the global agency approved in Washington on Monday, said an announcement in Dhaka.

    Tanzania: Bill to Amend Public Procurement Act in the Pipeline

    The government is expected to table the Bill to amend the Public Procurement Act before the end of the budget sessions. Finance and Planning deputy minister Ashatu Kijaji has confirmed this.

    Romania: New Public Procurement Laws have Entered into Force

    The new public procurement laws entered into force on 26 May 2016 and will apply to all public procurement proceedings initiated after their entry into force and to those public procurement contracts that are concluded after this date.

    Panama Amends its Public Procurement Law

    There are several proposed changes to the Public Procurement Law. Around 20 articles will be added, and another 69 would be modified. Through the modifications, the sum of the so-called "Minor Purchases" would be increased up to US$50,000.00, without requiring proposal bond or performance bond.

    Hungary’s Public Procurement must Involve Consultants under New Rule

    Under changing regulations consultants will be required to scrutinize large-scale public procurement procedures to ensure transparency, deputy state secretary for public procurements Dániel Gergely Császár said today, according to reports.

    Czech Republic: New Public Procurement Act

    On 22 April 2016, the President of the Czech Republic signed the new draft Public Procurement Act which was approved by Parliament. The Act should have originally come into effect three months after its publication in the Collection of Laws. However, the Chamber of Deputies eventually agreed to the Senate’s proposal to postpone the effective date by another three months. Finally, the Act will come into effect from 1st October 2016.

    World’s largest public procurement forum to be held in Ukraine in 2017

    Procurement, Integrity Management and Openness (PRIMO) Forum, the world's largest forum on public procurement, will be held in Ukraine in 2017. Ukraine won the right to host a major international forum on public procurement, the press service of the Economic Development and Trade Ministry of Ukraine reports.

    Ukraine Looks to Unmask Corruption with ProZorro E-Procurement

    Zorro is known for defending the poor and the oppressed from corrupt villains, and the masked hero’s name is also part of the Ukrainian word for transparency. Ukraine hopes its new online procurement system, ProZorro, can achieve all these aims.

    European Union: Better Public Purchasing

    The EU has introduced new public procurement rules which will simplify procedures for public administrations and companies, promote a more socially and environmentally responsible economy, and help to prevent corruption and increase transparency. All EU member states were required to have legislation in place by April 18 to implement these rules – but it is not clear whether Malta is ready.

    Nepal: PM Oli Launches Electronic Procurement System

    An electronic procurement system based on single portal has been launched in the country for the first time aimed at making procurement process objective, transparent and convincing.

  • Imminent! Transformation of the World Bank’s Procurement Framework

    Robert Hunja Director, Public Integrity and Openness In keeping with recent global trends in the procurement arena, the World Bank is transforming and modernizing its procurement framework. In the private sector, companies have long viewed maximizing of supply chains as key to healthier bottom lines. In the public sector, many governments have been moving from […]

    World Bank pushes for open tender system

    Felipe Goya Goddard, – Governance Practice Manager for the South Asia Region at The World Bank, speaks to The Sunday Times in Sri Lanka about open tender systems, open data, and its benefits for the efficient working of Governments in developing economies. A World Bank governance expert warns that the absence of open tendering for […]

    Procurement has a “seat at the high table” in Australia

    Kalesh Kumar Capacity Building Coordinator South Asia Procurement The World Bank In April 2015, I coordinated a World Bank PIO South Asia sponsored Procurement Knowledge Exchange Program for heads of Procurement from South Asian countries to Australia. We visited Australian Commonwealth Government, Canberra; Government of Australian Capital Territory, Canberra; Government of Victoria, Melbourne; and Government […]

  • Fostering Sustainable Health Procurement

    On May 11, 2016, more than 40 health procurement experts and practitioners came together at UN City in Copenhagen to explore the latest sustainable procurement initiatives, share good practice examples, and advance the dialogue on how sustainable procurement practices can be harmonized and scaled up across the global health sector.

    Source:www.worldbank.org

    Benchmarking Public Procurement 2016: Assessing public procurement systems in 77 economies

    The Benchmarking Public Procurement 2016 report presents cross-country analysis in 77 economies on issues affecting how private sector does business with the government.

    Source:www.worldbank.org

    Open Contracting: A guide for practitioners by practitioners

    This book aims to guide and inspire others in their own open contracting activities and to support the emerging global community of practitioners around open contracting.

    Source:www.open-contracting.org

    Going Green: Best Practices for Sustainable Procurement

    This document presents the case studies across the six dimensions of GPP implementation on the basis of one of their core features.

    Source:www.oecd.org

    Open Contracting: Supply Side Analysis Report

    This document summarizes and reviews the Supply Side Analysis process that was undertaken between March and May 2014.

    Source:www.open-contracting.org

    Gender, Trade and Public Procurement Policy — Kenya, India, Australia, Jamaica

    This research investigates how inclusive government procurement policy, coupled with the effective management of scarce resources, can accelerate sustainable economic outcomes.

    Source:www.thecommonwealth.org

    OCDS Demand-side Assessment

    This document presents use cases which have been translated into requirements for the Open Contracting Data Standard and discusses the prioritized demands for the OCDS.

    Source:www.open-contracting.org

    Sustainable Public Procurement: A Global Review — Final Report

    This report contains the findings of an investigation into the national government SPP/GPP policies and practices around the world.

    Source:www.unep.org

    Public Procurement Benchmark — 2012 Survey Report

    This report emphasizes operating practices and processes to evaluate potential opportunities for improvement.

    Source:www.unpcdc.org

    India: Probity in Public Procurement

    This report presents the findings of the research initiatives carried out under the ‘Public Private Partnership for Probity in Public Procurement’ project: an assessment of Indian legislation and survey of current practices, grassroot challenges and training needs to identify gaps in practice.

    Source:www.unodc.org

    Curbing Corruption in Public Procurement: A Practical Guide

    This guide provides a practical introduction to the risks of corruption in public procurement. It outlines key principles and minimum standards which, when respected, can protect public contracting from corruption.

    Source:www.transparency.org

    Transparency and Public Procurement

    This collection of articles from academia, governments, the private sector and the United Nations provides an overview of the current debate on transparency policies as they relate to the procurement practice.

    Source:www.ungm.org

    Public Procurement Training for IPA Beneficiaries

    The report proposed a 3-year action plan to: develop comprehensive training materials; “localise” the materials for each beneficiary country; train and certify a group of trainers from the region, monitor and support the initial trainers’ activities in their countries.

    Source:www.sigmaweb.org