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7th Regional Public Procurement Forum
May 16, 2011
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.
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.
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.