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Assessment of Country's Public Procurement System

The Bank assists its member countries in analyzing their present procurement policies, organization, and procedures. The main instrument for undertaking this diagnostic work is the Country Procurement Assessment Report (CPAR).

In July 2000, the Country Procurement Assessment Report (CPAR) was designated as economic and sector work (ESW). The CPAR is intended to be an analytical tool to diagnose the health of the existing system in a country. Many CPARs prepared after July 2000 are public documents:

 Click here to access publicly available CPARs.

After diagnosing the health of the existing system, the Bank assists the Borrower member country in developing or modifying their systems. The CPAR’s is used to develop and establish an action plan to improve a country's system for procuring goods, works, and consulting services.

Bank staff should use the following instructions when carrying out CPARs:

  • CPAR Instructions  
  • Attachment 1  provides elements of a well-functioning public procurement system.
  • Attachment 2  provides guidance on the contents of the CPAR.
  • Attachment 3  contains information on the processing of the CPAR as an ESW product.
  • Annex A  contains a checklist to help in determining unacceptable procurement practices for National Competitive Bidding (NCB) under Bank-financed projects.
  • Annex B provides guidance in the form of a checklist of questions to be investigated for each important aspect of a procurement system. These materials are illustrative and for guidance only; each country is unique and the CPAR effort must be tailored to the country environment.
  • French translation of instruction

Other tools to assist staff in carrying out CPAR include:

1. Guidance Note and Draft Model of Procurement Laws for Francophone Countries:

2. Note for Drafting Public Procurement Regulation:

  • French version of above document:

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