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GOVERNMENT PROCUREMENT: WORKSHOP — DAR ES SALAAM,, TANZANIA, 14-17 JANUARY 2003
Joint WTO-World Bank regional workshop on procurement reforms and transparency in public procurement for Anglophone African countries

The Workshop was organized jointly by the WTO and the World Bank, in cooperation with the African Development Bank and the Government of the United Republic of Tanzania for Anglophone African countries (Botswana, Egypt, Ethiopia, Gambia, Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Rwanda, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe). It was designed to provide a forum for both trade and procurement experts to exchange information on multilateral, regional and national activities and initiatives including the WTO work on transparency in government procurement pursuant to paragraph 26 of the Doha WTO Ministerial Declaration and to share experiences in the design and implementation of procurement reforms.

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For many African countries there may be a close relationship between issues of domestic reform in the area of government procurement and the issue of their interest and participation in a possible WTO agreement on transparency in government procurement which embodies good practice in this area. The purpose of the Workshop was to draw upon the synergies between the work of the two organizations by addressing both sets of issues in a single workshop.

The programme was designed to promote awareness of the role and significance of government procurement-related policies and practices for the African countries and the multilateral trading system; to exchange information on the potential implications of different multilateral and regional disciplines; to share experiences on the design and implementation of procurement reforms; and to discuss capacity-building needs, especially with a view to assisting the countries of the region to participate effectively in the ongoing activities in this area.

  

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Day 1, 14 January 2003, a.m.

Time
 
Subject
 
Speaker
 
8:30 – 9:00 Opening Remarks World Bank
WTO
  
9:00 – 9:30 Key-note address
  
Ministry of Finance of Tanzania
 
SESSION 1: Overview of national, regional and international initiatives and activities
  
9:30 – 10:00 Overview of procurement reforms in Africa Bernard Abeille,
Regional Procurement Advisor,
World Bank
Presentation (19 pages; 203 KB)
  
10:00 – 10:30 Regional procurement reform initiatives
  
Stephen Karangizi,
COMESA Secretariat
Paper — (12 pages; 69 KB)
  
10:30 - 11:00 Activities of the African Development  Bank in procurement reforms
  
Yacine Fal,
Principal Legal Council,
African Development Bank
Presentation (10 pages; 2625 KB)
  
11:30 - 12:30 Work of the WTO
  
Vesile Kulaçoglu,
WTO Secretariat
Presentation (17 pages; 85 KB)
  
  
Day 1, 14 January 2003, p.m.
  
Time
 
Subject
 
Speaker
 
SESSION 2: Legal and regulatory reforms
  
2:00 – 3:00 Design of procurement reforms - issues and challenges Robert Hunja,
Procurement Manager, World Bank; and African Development Bank
Presentation (5 pages; 71 KB)
Paper — (9 pages; 53 KB)

  
3:00 – 3:30 UNCITRAL Model Law
  
Robert Hunja
Presentation (4 pages; 49 KB)
Paper — (12 pages; 1032 KB)
Paper — (94 pages; 315 KB)

  
 
SESSION 3: Case studies on procurement reforms and experiences from the region
  
4:00 – 4:45 Uganda procurement reforms, issues and challenges Edgar Agaba,
Reformed Central Tender Board
Paper — (23 pages; 84 KB)
4:45 – 5:30 General discussion
  
 

  

Day 2, 15 January 2003, a.m.

Time
 
Subject
 
Speaker
 
SESSION 4: Objectives of procurement regimes and non-discrimination and preferences
  
8:30 – 9:30 Economic and developmental objectives of government procurement
  
Vesile Kulaçoglu
Presentation (15 pages; 179 KB)
9:30 – 10:00 Basic principles and provisions in multilateral instruments
  
Jean-Jacques Raoul,
World Bank
Presentation (19 pages; 76 KB)
10:00 - 11:00 Work of the WTO
  
Vesile Kulaçoglu
Presentation (8 pages; 81 KB)
  
 
SESSION 5: Scope and coverage of government procurement rules
  
11:30 - 12:00 Provision in multilateral instruments and the work of the WTO
  
Vesile Kulaçoglu
Presentation (19 pages; 100 KB)
12:00 - 12:30 General discussion
  
 
  
Day 2, 15 January 2003, p.m.
  
Time
 
Subject
 
Speaker
 
SESSION 3 (cont’d from Day 1): Case studies on procurement reforms and experiences from the region
  
2:00 – 3:00 Botswana procurement reforms, issues and challenges Mr. Armando Lionjanga,
Executive Chairman,
Public Procurement and Assets Disposal Board
Paper — (27 pages; 64 KB)
  
3:00 – 3:30 Tanzania experience
  
Mr. Ntando Nkinga,
Secretary, Central Tender Board
Paper — (22 pages; 96 KB)
  
3:30 – 4:00 Kenya experience Luke Obiri, Director,
Public Procurement Department
Paper — (18 pages; 59 KB)
  
4:30 – 5:00 General discussion
  
 

  

Day 3, 16 January 2003, a.m.

Time
 
Subject
 
Speaker
 
SESSION 6: Transparency and fair and equitable procedures
  
8.30 - 9.30

Key elements of a transparent procurement process and the provisions of the multilateral instruments
  

Jean-Jacques Raoul
Presentation (7 pages; 71 KB)
9.30 - 10.30

Work of the WTO

Kodjo Osei-Lah,
WTO Secretariat
Presentation (32 pages; 112 KB)
  
10.30 - 11.00

General discussion
  

 
 
SESSION 3 (cont’d from Day 1): ECase studies on procurement reforms and experiences from the region
  
11.30 - 12.00

Nigeria experience

Sam Ekpenkhio,
Permanent Secretary,
Political Affairs in the Presidency
Paper — (6 pages; 50 KB)
  
12.00 - 12.30

General discussion
  

 
  
Day 3,
16 January 2003, p.m.
  
Time
 
Subject
 
Speaker
 
SESSION 7: Application of information technologies to procurement processes
  
2.30 - 3.00

The results of transparency and efficiency achieved with the modernization of procurement
  

Marcos Ozorio de Almeida
Secretariat of Logistics and Information Technology,
Ministry of Planning, Brazil
Presentation (87 pages; 3773 KB)
  
3.00 - 3.30 General discussion
  
 
 
Demonstration
  
4.00 - 5.00

Procurement reforms training kit
  

ITC
ITC demonstration 1 — (12 pages; 277 KB)
ITC demonstration 2 — (31 pages; 511 KB)
ITC demonstration 3 — (279 pages; 864 KB)
  

  

Day 4, 17 January 2003, a.m.

Time
 
Subject
 
Speaker
 
SESSION 8: Domestic review and dispute settlement procedures
  
8.30 - 10.00

Domestic review procedures and WTO work
  

Steven Schooner,
George Washington University
Presentation (23 pages; 242 KB)
  
10.30 - 11.00

General discussion
  

 
11.30 - 12.15

Government-to-government dispute settlement procedures
  

Vesile Kulaçoglu,
WTO Secretariat
Presentation (9 pages; 79 KB)
Presentation (20 pages; 174 KB)
  
12.15 - 12.30

General discussion

 
  
Day 4,
17 January 2003, p.m.
  
Time
 
Subject
 
Speaker
 
SESSION 9: Technical cooperation and capacity building
  
2.00 - 2.30

Capacity building in government procurement
  

Jean-Jacques Raoul
Presentation (10 pages; 83 KB)
  
2.30 - 3.00

Ghana experience in capacity building
  

Daniel Kwagbenu
Presentation (19 pages; 38 KB)
  
3.00 - 4.00

Technical cooperation and capacity building activities
  

AFDB
World Bank
WTO
Presentation (16 pages; 290 KB)
  

 

4.00 - 5.00

CLOSING SESSION
  

4.00 - 4.30 Closing remarks

Participants
Host Country
World Bank, WTO

  

4.30 - 5.00 Closing remarks by Steven Schooner
Presentation (12 pages; 33 KB)