AfDB Welcomes the High Level Forum on Public Procurement Reforms in Africa

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From: 16/11/2009
To: 17/11/2009
Location: Tunis

Session 1

  • Progress, Challenges and Lessons Learned from Reforming Public Procurement Systems in Africa by Vinay Sharma.
  • Challenges and risk toward the use of national procurement system BY V.S.krishnakumar.
  • The platform sequencing approach of the tailoring of reforms: Approach for result-based procurement reforms in fragile African States by Serge N'guessan.
  • Challenges and lessons learned from the participation of the private sector in public procurement reform in Uganda by Janepher Sambaga.
  • Understanding the political economy of procurement reforms for better results in Africa by Koffi Ahoutou.
  • Holding governments accountable: the role of civil society in controlling and supervising public procurement by George Adhanja.
  • The Tunisian experience of public Procurement Reform and its impact on local SME development” by Khaled El Arbi.

Session 2

  • The use of Public Procurement to effect economy recovery: The case of the United States of America by Christopher Yukins.
  • Understanding Green and Pro-Social Procurements and their Potential for the Promotion of Sustainable Development in Africa by Farid Yaker.
  • The role of Specialized Procurement Authorities in Defining Pro-Development Procurement Policies and Overseeing their Implementation by Pascal Ruganintwali.
  • Procurement of Public Private Partnerships (PPP), concessions and socioeconomic development: The Case of specialized contracting in Senegal: Expectations and Challenges by youssef Sakho.
  • Public Participation in the Procurement National Development Policies Formulation and Monitoring : the Tanzania case by Ramadhan Mlingha.
  • Public Procurement and Development performance: Rethinking Public Procurement policies in Africa for aid effectiveness by Yacine Fal.

Session 3

  • Review of Procurement Related Capacity Building Strategies in Africa: Lessons Learned, Challenges and Reasons for a New Approach by Frannie Leautier.
  • Presentation - The Potential of new Technologies Capacity-development approach by George Jadoun.
  • Challenges and Perspectives in the Financing of Capacity Development New Approach in Africa: Charting the way forward by Sibry Tapsoba.
  • Change Management and Results- based Procurement Reforms in Africa: a Systemic Approach to Enhancing Capacity Development and Integrity in Public Procurement by John Prosper Seka.
  • Procurement Capacity Development and its integration in a broader public administration reforms: New thinking, lessons learned from innovative programs by Kirsten Ejlskov Jensen.
  • Potential of New Technologies and Capacity Development Approach for the Professionalization of the Practice of Public Procurement in Africa by Pamela Bigart.
  • Review of prointegrity initiatives: lessons learned form the use of the OECD Checklist for Enhancing Integrity in Public by Virginia Tortella and Aniko Hrubi.
  • Civil Society and Private Sector Procurement Capacity Building: key to Strengthening Social Accountability and the Performance of Public Procurement Systems in Africa by Yacouba Yaro.
  • African Partnership Facility and the use of country procurement systems by Simon Mizrahi.
  • Strengthening Public Financial Management through the computerization of the Procurement Management System by Khaled Nofal.

Session 4

  • Impact of a Regional Procurement Reforms on the Development of a National Private Sector: the Kenyan Case by Carole Kariuki.
  • Regional Settlement of Procurement Award Disputes’ Mechanism and its Impact on the Regional Business Environment? by Kodja Osei Lah.
  • National Growth and Regional Economic Integration: Two Contradictory Objectives for Procurement Reforms ? by Stephen Karangizi.
  • Regional Settlement of Procurement Award Disputes’ Mechanism and its Impact
    on the Regional Business Environment by N’Dongo Fall.
  • Regional Surveillance and procurement peer review mechanisms and their role in strengthening common market and regional trade by Elhadj Abdou Sakho.

The African Development Bank (AfDB), on 16 November 2009, gave a warm welcome in Tunis to the High-Level Forum on Public Procurement Reforms in Africa. The two-day event is organized in partnership with the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA), the West African Economic and Monetary Union (WAEMU), the African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF), the Organization for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD) and the World Bank (WB).

The forum was opened by the Tunisian Secretary of State, Abdelhamid Triki who thanked the AfDB and partners for organizing this event and said that public procurement reforms are key to economic development and poverty reduction, mainly in the current context of global economic crisis.

On the same line, AfDB Vice-President, Aloysius Ordu, who spoke on behalf of President Kaberuka, said that “the global financial crisis brought more challenges to the African continent. In this context, we should centre our efforts on managing better our resources, improving transparency and accountability, and renewing our efforts to fight corruption”.  The Forum will help Africa’s voice and priorities in the strengthening of public procurement and the fight against corruption and waste in Africa. This is an opportunity to debate the way forward on public procurement reforms in Africa and to agree on the common agenda for improving country procurement systems.

The Zimbabwean Minister of Regional Integration and International Cooperation, representing the Chairman of COMESA Council of Ministers, Priscilla Mushonga, praised the establishment of this platform to hold focused policy discussions on public procurement issues and also for giving prominence to the issue of public procurement which has great implications for the underpinning of regional integration.

The WAEMU Commissioner for Economic Policies and Fiscal Department, Elhadj Sakho, said that this forum is certainly a milestone for public procurement reforms assessment in Africa and will come up with recommendations that will support the goals of economic development and poverty reduction on the continent.

AfDB Governance Director, Gabriel Negatu, strongly encouraged the participants to work towards having a consolidated road map by the end of the Forum which  will be designed to guide countries on implementing effective pro-development procurement policies and strategies and help development partners in better focusing where their assistance where most needed.

Around 150 participants are attending the Forum, mostly high-level officials, practitioners and experts on public procurement policies and practices from Africa, as well as representatives of international development organizations, bilateral cooperation agencies and academia. During the two days, four major themes will be discussed, namely “Public Procurement reforms in Africa”, Public Procurement as a tool for Economic Development”, “Public Procurement capacity building frameworks and pro-integrity initiatives”, as well as “Public Procurement reforms and regional economic integration”.