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GOVERNMENT PROCUREMENT — TRANSPARENCY: SYMPOSIUM — GENEVA 9-10 OCTOBER 2002
Symposium on transparency in government procurement

The WTO symposium on transparency in government procurement was organized pursuant to the commitment in paragraph 26 of the Doha Ministerial Declaration to ensure adequate technical assistance and support for capacity building to developing countries.

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Day 1, Wednesday 9 October 2002, morning

9.30 a.m.

Opening remarks
  

SESSION 1: Overview of international and regional activities regarding transparency in government procurement
  
9.45 - 10.00

Guidelines and activities of the World Bank

Bernard Abeillé (Africa Region, World Bank)
Presentation (14 pages; 211 KB)

10.00 - 10.45

Regional activities and arrangements

- Latin America
Fernando Ocampo (FTAA/NGGP Chairman)
Presentation in Spanish (22 pages; 152 KB)
  
- Africa
John Mensah-Quainoo (Head of Procurement, African Development Bank)
10.45 - 11.00

General discussion

 
SESSION 2: Economic and developmental implications of government procurement
  
11.00 - 11.20

Quantifying the size of government procurement

Denis Audet (Trade Directorate, OECD)
Outline (1 page; 91 KB)
Presentation (11 pages; 420 KB)
11.20 - 11.40

Developmental significance of government procurement

Bernard Hoekman (International Trade Division, World Bank)
Presentation (6 pages; 60 KB)
Paper — Evenett and Hoekman (30 pages; 226 KB)
11.40 - 12.00

General discussion

 
SESSION 3: Experience with issues relating to scope and coverage of government procurement
  
12.00 - 12.20

National experience with the coverage of the Agreement on Government Procurement

Marie-Gabrielle Ineichen (WTO Office, SECOFI)
Presentation (8 pages; 60 KB)
12.20 - 12.40

Coverage in the Guidelines of the World Bank and the UNCITRAL Model Law

Jean-Jacques Raoul (Procurement Policy and Services Group, World Bank)
Presentation (9 pages; 50 KB)
12.40 - 13.00

General discussion

  
Day 1,
Wednesday 9 October 2002, afternoon
  
SESSION 4: Transparency and government procurement procedures
  
15.00 - 15.30

Provisions in the Agreement on Government Procurement

Susan Sheehan (Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, Canada)
15.30 - 16.00

Provisions in the UNCITRAL Model Law and the World Bank Guidelines

Jean-Jacques Raoul (Procurement Policy and Services Group, World Bank)
Presentation (6 pages; 51 KB)
16.00 - 16.30

Regional activities and arrangements in Latin America

Fernando Ocampo (FTAA /NGGP Chairman)
Presentation in Spanish (17 pages; 122 KB)
16.30 - 17.00 General discussion
 
SESSION 5: Application of information technology
  
17.00 - 17.20

The results of transparency and efficiency achieved with the modernization of federal procurement in Brazil

Marcos Ozorio de Almeida (Secretariat of Logistics and Information Technology, Ministry of Planning, Brazil)
Outline (2 pages; 107 KB)
Presentation 85 pages; 3760 KB)

17.20 - 17.40

Use of GeBIZ system in government procurement

Chua Jek Heng (Government Chief Information Office, Infocomm Development Authority, Singapore)

17.40 - 18.00

General discussion

  
Day 2, Thursday 10 October 2002, morning

SESSION 6: Domestic review procedures and dispute settlement in government procurement
  
10.00 – 10.20

Transparency rules and WTO dispute settlement procedures

Frieder Roessler (Advisory Centre on WTO Law)

10.20 - 10.40

Experience with appeal and review procedures

Marian Lemke (Poland)
10.40 - 11.10

Domestic bid challenge mechanisms

Steven Schooner (George Washington University)

11.10 - 11.30

General discussion

 

SESSION 7: Technical cooperation and capacity building
  

11.30 - 11.50 Role of the World Bank and Regional Development Banks
Bernard Abeillé (Africa Region, World Bank)
Presentation (19 pages; 556 KB)
John Mensah-Quainoo (Head of Procurement, African Development Bank)
11.50 - 12.30 Capacity building in procurement
William Kovacic (U.S. Federal Trade Commission)
12.30 – 12.50 General discussion
12.50 p.m. Closing remarks