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7th Regional Public Procurement Forum

Begins:   May 16, 2011 
Ends:   May 19, 2011 




Slide show: 7th Regional Forum

Putting Public Procurement Into Practice - Procurement Without Corruption

The main objective of the 7th Regional Public Procurement Forum is to share information among the participating countries and key active donors. The event will facilitate exchange of knowledge and ideas on public procurement systems with a view to further improve procurement practices, transparency and integrity in public procurement.

The Forum will be attended by about 50 people. This will include about 26 high level government officials responsible for public procurement in 11 countries (Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, FYR of Macedonia, Tajikistan, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Georgia and Uzbekistan) and representatives from the Asian Development Bank, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, Islamic Development Bank, USAID, EC, GTZ and the World Bank. In addition to presentations by participants and donors, speakers from public procurement regulatory bodies from Brazil, UNCITRAL and SIGMA will also make presentations.

The Forum is co-sponsored by the Asian Development Bank, European Development Bank, the Islamic Development Bank and the World Bank. The State Procurement Agency of Georgia (SPA) is hosting the Forum.

The Minister of Finance Mr. Kakha Baindurashvili will open the Forum and present the Government’s efforts to reform public procurement and combat corruption.

The Forum will discuss opportunities in the area of electronic procurement, concessions and utilities law, recent assessment by EBRD on public procurement system in several countries in the region, latest development in UNCITRAL model law, critical issues in public procurement. The Forum will also take stock on the recent reform on public procurement in all the 11 participating countries.



Accommodation: The Tbilisi Marriott Hotel is the place for Forum. Hotel bookings for all confirmed participants are arranged. The Hotel offers free wired internet connection. Check-in time is 15:00 p.m. Hotel rooms will be ready from the previous night for early check-ins.

The Tbilisi Marriott Hotel address is shown below:
13, Rustaveli Avenue
Tbilisi, 0108 Georgia
Phone: 995-32-779200
Fax: 995-32-779210

Travel cost (economy class) and single room accommodation including breakfast will be paid by the cosponsors for only the participants from the 11 participating countries. All extras (phone, mini-bar etc.) should be paid by the participants during the check-out.

Lunch, coffee breaks and Dinners: All lunches, coffee breaks, three formal dinners and city tour/cultural event will be arranged. One dinner and the city tour/culture event will be hosted and organized by the Georgian State Procurement Agency for all participants. The lunches and coffee breaks as well as the two dinners will be paid by the cosponsors for all participants.

Transportation: Participants are responsible for their transportation from/to airport in Tbilisi. You can also approach Forum organizers with a request to provide an airport transfer service through Marriott hotel and thus you do not need to pay the taxi (only for the participants from 12 countries). The one way airport transfer fee at Marriott is GEL 50.00+18% VAT approx USD 30 (one way) and it is approximately 20-minute ride to the hotel. Upon arrival, we suggest you exchange local currency to pay for the taxi ride to the Hotel. There are ATMs and exchange offices at the airport and in the streets. The taxis do not accept credit cards.

Currency: The currency in Georgia is Georgian Lari (GL). You could exchange money at the airport, in the hotels, at the banks or exchange offices in the streets. The exchange rate as of today is approximately:

1 EUR = 2.40 GEL
1 USD = 1.69 GEL

Weather: The temperature will be around 25 Celsius during the day and 15 at night. Please have your umbrella and rain jackets with you for unexpected rains.

Translation Services: English-Russian translation will be provided for the whole period of the Forum.


Agenda - to download a copy of agenda: Click here

DAY 1, May 16 | DAY 2, May 17 | DAY 3, May 18 | Day 4, May 19 



08.30 – 09.00Registration
09.00 – 10.30

FACILITATOR: MR. Majed M. El-Bayya, WB

Opening session & Welcoming remarks
Procurement without Corruption

Mr. Gerard Byam, Director, Operational Services and Quality, The World Bank

Mr. Vakhtang Lejava, Chief, Advisor to the Prime Minister in Economic and Government Affairs

Mr. Jaba Ebanoidze, Deputy, Minister of Finance, Head of State Revenue Agency

Ms. Dan Yang, Director, Central Operations Services 1, Central Operations Services office, ADB

Mr. Paul Henri Forestier, Country Director, EBRD

Mr. Sami Faruqi, Division Manager, Operations Policy and Project Procurement, IsDB

Mr. Devesh C. Mishra, Regional Procurement Manager, Europe and Central Asia region of the World Bank

10.30 – 11.00

Coffee Break

11.00 – 11.45

Procurement Reform in the World Bank - Revised Guidelines, Performance based approach and Program for Support

Mr. Enzo De Laurentiis
Regional Procurement Manager, LCSPT, WB
Followed by Question and Answer Session

11.45 – 12.30Reform of State - Procurement System of Georgia, Introducing e-procurement

Mr. Tato Urjumelashvili,
Followed by Question and Answer Session
12.30 – 14.00Lunch Break
14.00 – 15.30

Public Procurement System in Brazil

Mr. Carlos Henriquede Azevedo Moreira, Director Logistics and General Services, SLTI (Brazil's procurement regulatory body) - Followed by a Question and Answer Session

15.30 – 15.45

Coffee Break

15.45 – 16.30

Country panel presentation and discussion

All participating countries
Countries to present: Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan


City tour hosted by the SPA
Dinner-Hosted by Cosponsors at 8 pm

DAY 2, May 17

FACILITATOR: MS. Eliza Niewiadomska, EBRD & Mr. Devesh Chandra Mishra, WB

09.00 – 09.30

Public Procurement Assessment--Scope, Focus & Main Findings on the Public Procurement Law and Practice in the EBRD region

Ms. Eliza Niewiadomska, Legal Transition Programme, EBRD - Followed by a Question and Answer Session

09.30 – 10.00

EBRD Public Procurement Policy Dialogue and Technical Cooperation in the field of Public Procurement

Mr. Evgeny Smirnov, Procurement Department, EBRD
Followed by a Question and Answer Session

10.00 – 10.15

Launching new technical cooperation programme in the region - a joint EBRD UNCITRAL Initiative on Enhancing Public Procurement Regulation in the CIS countries and Mongolia

MS. Eliza Niewiadomska, and Mr. Evgeny Smirnov, EBRD -Followed by a Question and Answer Session

10.15 - 10.30Procurement without Corruption

Mr. Kakha Baindurashvili, Minister of Finance
10.30 – 11.00 Coffee Break
11.00 – 12.00

Concessions laws and Public Utilities from EU procurement directives perspective--SIGMA experience

Mr. Olivier Moreau and Mr. Daniel Ivarsson SIGMA (Support for Improvement in Governance and Management) -
Followed by a Question and Answer Session

12:00 - 13:30 Lunch Break
13.30 – 14.00

Current status, latest developments and debarment under the Turkish PPL

Mr. Kadir Akın Gozel, PPA, Turkey - Followed by a Question and Answer Session

14.00 – 14.30

Critical Issues in Procurement in ECA client countries

Mr. Devesh Mishra, WB - Followed by a Question and Answer Session

14.30 - 15.00

Country panel presentation and discussion

All participating countries (Countries to present: Uzbekistan, Azerbaijan, Tajikistan, Albania)

15.00 - 15.30Coffee Break
15.30 - 16.30

Country panel presentation and discussion

All participating countries: Countries to present: Uzbekistan, Azerbaijan, Tajikistan, Albania

Followed by a Question and Answer Session


Cultural Event followed by Dinner – Hosted by Georgia State Procurement Agency

DAY 3, May 18


09.00 – 09.30

IsDB Presentation
Mr. Sami Faruqi, IsDB - Followed by a Question and Answer Session

09.30 – 10.00

Combating Fraud and Corruption in ADB Procurement

Mr. Walter Poick, Principal Procurement Specialist
Asian Development Bank -
Followed by a Question and Answer Session

10.00 – 10.30

ADB's Support of Public Procurement Reform Initiatives

Mr. Amr Qari, Procurement Specialist, Asian Development Bank - Followed by a Question and Answer Session

10.30 – 11.00

Coffee Break

11.00 – 12.00

Public Procurement - Improving Service Delivery and Expenditure Management in Latin America

Mr. Enzo De Laurentiis, Regional Procurement Manager, LCSPT, WB - Followed by a Question and Answer Session

12.00 – 13.30Lunch Break
13.30 – 14.30

Recent Revisions in UNCITRAL Model Law

Ms. Caroline Nicholas, Senior Legal Officer
UNCITRAL Secretariat - Followed by Question and Answer Session

14.30 - 15.00

Separate presentation by USAID and GIZ
Followed by a Question and Answer Session

15.00 - 15.30

Panel discussion - Harmonization among donors procurement rules and procedures
Followed by a Question and Answer Session

15.30 - 16.00Coffee Break
16.00 - 17.00

Country panel presentation and discussion
All participating countries and donors
Countries to present: Turkmenistan, Macedonia, Armenia


Dinner - Hosted by Cosponsors

DAY 4, May 19


09.00 – 10.30

Discussion of country working plan Plenary—
Countries discuss their action plan for next 12 months

All participating countries

10.30 – 11.00

Coffee Break

11.00 - 12.00

Conclusion and next steps

Facilitator to report on conclusion and next steps
Announcement of location, date, host and sponsors of next Forum

Host and co-sponsors close the Forum.


Free Evening/Departure



For list of participants -->> Click here 

 Country Speakers Presentations:

Albania-English, Albania-Russian, Armenia-English, Armenia-Russian, Azerbaijan, Azerbaijan-Russian, Georgia-English, Georgia-Russian, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz - English, Kyrgyz-Russian, FYR of Macedonia, Macedonia - Russian, Tajikistan - English, Tajikistan - Russian, Turkey-English, Turkey-Russian, Turkmenistan - English, Turkmenistan - Russian, Uzbekistan - English, Uzbekistan - Russian, Brazil - Spanish, Brazil - English 

Donors Presentations: 

ADB - Combating-Fraud & Corruption - English Russian, ADB - Procurement Reform Support - English, EBRD1-English, EBRD1-Russian, EBRD2-English, EBRD2-Russian,
IsDB, UNCITRAL - Revisions to Model Law, UNCITRAL - Russian, SIGMA1-English, SIGMA1-Russian, SIGMA-2, SIGMA2-Russian, World Bank-Enzo, World Bank-Devesh, World Bank-Devesh-Russian 

Reading Materials

1) Brazil: e-Procurement

2) EBRD - Public Procurement Legal Framework Assessment

3) Russian and English version on UNCITRAL website:

Documents under 20th session, 14-18 March 2011, New York at
Draft revised text of the Model Law (A/CN.9/729 & Add.1-8); and
Revised Guide to Enactment to accompany the UNCITRAL Model Law on Public Procurement (A/CN.9/WG.I/WP.77 and its Adds 1-9)

In Russian:

Documents under Двадцатая сессия, 14-18 марта 2011 года, Нью-Йорк at

Проект пересмотренного текста Типового закона (A/CN.9/729 & Add.1-8)
Пересмотренное Руководство по принятию, сопровождающее Типовой закон ЮНСИТРАЛ о публичных закупках (A/CN.9/WG.I/WP.77 u Adds.1-9).

We would like to acknowledge to the University of Nottingham for their permission to put these documents on the web.


At the end of the Forum, the 11 participating countries discussed the achievements in the last year compared to their planned action plan agreed in the 6th public procurement forum held in Istanbul, Turkey. The action plan for next year was also discussed. The achievements since last forum and the planned action plan for next forum are depicted in the table below.

2011-Action Plan

Albanian public procurement agency has shown interest in hosting the next year forum in Albania in May 2012 and proposed the theme to be e-Government procurement. 



Report prepared by WBI:
 Building Skills to Improve Public Procurement in Central Asia

Sixth Regional Public Procurement Forum
Istanbul, Turkey, April 26-29, 2010


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