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Enabling Delivery of Infrastructure Services in Fcv Contexts: a Role for Sme-Operated PPPs

Yolanda Tayler

Practice Manager, Solutions and Innovations in Procurement, Governance Global Practice, World Bank

BEIRUT, October 24-25, 2016 - By 2030, about half of the world's poor will live in countries affected by fragility, conflict and violence (FCV), and the governments and development communities will be pressed to find solutions to deliver essential infrastructure services to these populations. This is particularly challenging, because in key sectors including water and sanitation, energy, transport and telecommunications, established utilities often do not serve the needs of the FCV population and large contractors are not available or interested. In this context, engaging small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) in a public-private partnership (PPP)...

Innovation in Procurement: The Technical Education Quality Improvement Program

Satyanarayan Panda

Procurement Specialist, Solutions and Innovations in Procurement, World Bank

The Technical Education Quality Improvement Program (TEQIP) is a flagship program where in first Phase, the Government of India has funded about 100 technical institutions. In the second phase, around 190 technical institutions across the country were funded.

In several institutions, decentralized procurement is a real challenge. In phase I, which started in 2003, there were serious deviations from agreed procurement arrangements noted during post review in 2005-2006, 2006-2007 and 2007-2008. Although, the situation improved after conducting procurement workshops and introducing self-audits by the State Project Facilitation Unit (SPFU) and National Project...

Three Multilateral Development Banks, One Voice

    
Etel Patricia Bereslawski & Guoping Yu

Lead Procurement Specialist Solutions and Innovations in Procurement, World Bank | Senior Procurement Specialist Solutions and Innovations in Procurement, World Bank

The World Bank, Asian Development Bank (ADB), Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) and China International Contractors Association (CHINCA) joined forces to inform the Chinese business community.

The Business Opportunities Seminar for Contractors and Consulting Firms was held in Beijing on October 14, 2016. Over 130 participants representing large contractors and consulting firms attended this event.

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Mexico: Small Agribusiness Benefits from Online Procurement Platform

Maria Carolina Hoyos Lievano

Consultant, Solutions and Innovations in Procurement, Governance Global Practice, World Bank

Mexico is at the forefront of climate-friendly solutions in various productive sectors. In line with the policies of Mexico's Secretariat of Agriculture, Livestock, Rural Development, Fisheries and Food (SAGARPA), different actions have been implemented to promote the use of renewable sources of energy in the agricultural sector in order to generate sustainable rural development that helps to decrease the negative impacts on the environment.

One of these initiatives, the Sustainable Rural Development project, seeks to modernize and rehabilitate small- and medium-sized agribusinesses in order to improve their environmental sustainability, with special emphasis...

Nigeria Introduces e-Procurement to its Public Procurement System

Sunday Esene Osoba

Procurement Specialist, Solutions and Innovations in Public Procurement, The World Bank

In August 2016, Nigeria took a step to modernize its public procurement system by disseminating the federal e-Procurement Readiness Self-Assessment Report at a stakeholders' workshop attended by around 600 participants.

"It was time to examine the efficacy of old developmental paradigms and where they are inadequate in providing sustainable solutions. We should discard them and explore more viable options" said the Chief Economic Adviser (CEA) to the President, Dr. Oluyemi Dipeolu. He added, "While there may be debates about our economic choices, there is an apparent need to deploy technological tools needed to drive our efforts."

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Strengthening Public Procurement Knowledge in Peru

    
Francisco Rodriguez & Maria Carolina Hoyos Lievano

Sr Procurement Specialist | Consultant Solutions and Innovations in Procurement, Governance Global Practice, World Bank

Peru's public spending makes up about 23% of its gross domestic product (GDP) and its investments in infrastructure, education and health are complex and require budgeting, clear rules and efficient systems to be properly managed. It is also important that Government Procurement Officers are trained on modern procurement principles, policies and techniques to meet the development commitments made by countries and to...

Integrated Financial and Procurement Audits for Bank Financed Projects - The China Experience

Jingrong He

Procurement Specialist, Solutions and Innovations in Procurement, Governance Global Practice

Supreme Audit Institutions (SAI) for Bank financed projects have carried out financial and procurement audits. In Poland, this initially started more than a decade ago and there have been several other examples over the past years in other countries.

By the end of FY16, China National Audit Office (CNAO), the SAI in China, had successfully completed its third year of integrated financial and procurement audits for 27 Bank financed projects and accounting for 28% of the total active portfolio of China. This is a big leap from only 3 projects in the first year of FY14.

Rome was not built in a day. CNAO has been the external...

Is ERP the Right Approach to eGP?

Gurcharan Singh

Sr. Procurement Specialist, The World Bank

The World Bank continues to drive positive change in the developing world through its commitment to e-Government Procurement (eGP). The transition to more transparent and effective procurement isn't a simple process. Experience shows that successful implementation requires a combination of people, process and technological change. With that framework in mind, what type of solutions are likely to deliver the best results?

Many developing countries are looking to Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) solutions when it comes to implementing eGP which is often as a consequence of a state-wide roll-out and mirrors the way that an Enterprise would adopt the likes...

5 Benefits of a Holistic Approach to Procurement and Supply Management in the Health Sector

Atin Kumar Rastogi

Procurement Specialist, Solutions and Innovations in Procurement, Governance Global Practice

The World Bank's new Procurement Framework (PF) was effective as of July 1, 2016. This new PF was informed by 3 years of extensive global consultations. Prior to its launch, the World Bank in India initiated a detailed study to analyse and understand the practices of three MSCs Tamil Nadu (1994), Kerala (2007), and Rajasthan (2011). This research provided a framework that captured the significance of ITC driven, holistic supply chain driven procurement management systems - a model that can easily be emulated globally. With the new PF there is increased flexibility, efficiency and transparency of the procurement process to better meet the needs of client countries....

Opportunity, Adaptability and Strengthening Relationships - National Procurement Procedures and Sustainable Procurement Requirements

V.S. Krishnakumar

Practice Manager, Solutions and Innovations in Procurement, Governance Global Practice, World Bank

Opportunity, Adaptability and Strengthening Relationships - National Procurement Procedures and Sustainable Procurement Requirements Sometimes during a change process, certain things may not be too clear until we start thinking hard about putting those changes into practice or practically experience it during implementation. Recently I came across a very interesting quote on knowledge versus understanding many of you might have read this before: "Understanding is deeper than knowledge. There are many people who know you but very few who...

Indicators are crucial for Procurement Performance Management

Felipe Goya

Practice Manager, Solutions and Innovations in Procurement Governance Global Practice, World Bank

There is a common expression in management “you get what you measure”, which summarizes very well how crucial measurement and monitoring are for effective management. In fact, measuring enables projects to remain on the right track to achieve goals and teams to take corrective actions as needed.

Nonetheless, it is more complex than it appears. In management, measuring is done using indicators. In some disciplines, indicators are relatively easy: counting is straight-forward and there is enough knowledge on the right indicators. But in others, especially those related to public policies, public management, or development, the situation is far more complex...

Procurement Record Keeping helps build Good Governance and Transparency

Joel Buku Munyori

Sr. Procurement Specialist, Solutions and Innovations in Procurement, Governance Global Practice, World Bank

Records are vital to every aspect of the governance process. Efficient records management in public service is an essential tool for effective service delivery and good governance. Well-managed records facilitate the achievement of transparency and accountability, help to reduce corruption, and create a conducive environment for efficient decision making and service delivery. Good record keeping also has strategic importance: public servants must have ready information to carry out their work and records represent that crucial source of information. Well-organized records provide a reliable, legally verifiable source of evidence of decisions and actions taken by an...

Five lines add big value to Bank’s Investment Operations

    
Knut J. Leipold & Hunt La Cascia

Lead Procurement Specialist | Sr Procurement Specialist

The Procurement Regulations for Borrowers as part of the Bank’s New Procurement Framework include more than 100 pages and yet, 5 lines make a big difference: Borrowers may utilize electronic systems for distributing Procurement Documents, issuing amendments, receiving bids or proposals and for other procurement actions, provided the Bank is satisfied with the adequacy of the system, including, the system’s accessibility, security and integrity, and...

The World Bank's new system for tracking and monitoring procurements is unrolling across the regions

Yolanda Tayler

Practice Manager, Solutions and Innovations in Procurement, Governance Global Practice, World Bank

The World Bank is unrolling an online procurement tracking system—Systematic Track of Exchanges in Procurement (STEP)— into Bank-financed projects across the regions. In line with the rationale of the World Bank’s new Procurement Framework that is being launched on July 1, 2016, STEP offers the opportunity to increase efficiency, accountability, and transparency in procurement processing, aiming at maximizing development results in projects.

The STEP implementation team, consisting...

E-Learning Programs On World Bank Procurement Framework 2016

A K Kalesh Kumar

Capacity Building Coordinator- Procurement , Governance Global Practice at The World Bank

When you are introducing a change very different from what has been in practice for over 2 decades;

When you have to reach out those changes to clients in over 170 countries; and

When face to face training cannot meet the urgency;

The method and the solutions for that outreach also have to be very different. With the introduction of Procurement Framework 2016, through www.procurementinet.org/wbnpf , a medium of continuous engagement, World Bank is doing just that!

Using the world’s largest Community of Practice in public procurement launched by the Governance Global Practice of...

Imminent! Transformation of the World Bank's Procurement Framework

Robert Hunja

Director, Solutions & Innovations in Procurement Group, Governance Global Practice at The World Bank

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 overly rule-based procurement systems to systems that focus on performance and achievement of development goals.

The World Bank has had a procurement framework that has largely remained unchanged for a couple of decades. This framework as inspired by the times when the Bank lending was towards large infrastructure projects and was...

STEPing ahead with procurement reform

Robert Hunja

Director, Solutions & Innovations in Procurement Group, Governance Global Practice at The World Bank

As part of the Bank’s ongoing effort to adapt to the changing needs of client countries, the Bank is modernizing its procurement framework. This will help us deliver stronger project results while maintaining the integrity and high standards of our procurement framework.

The two key elements of this transformation in Bank procurement involve the Procurement Policy Reform, to take effect in 2016, and STEP, the Bank’s new electronic procurement planning and tracking platform.

On July 21, 2015, the World Bank’s Board of Executive Directors approved the new Procurement Framework, which will go into full implementation during 2016. This...