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From Procurement Reform to Electronic Procurement Adoption: Sharing South Korea’s Journey and Lessons Learned

 April 12, 2011, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm ET

Where: MC 13 - 121 (1818 H Street N.W.)

Electronic Government Procurement (e-GP) plays a significant role in the context of public sector reform and modernization. Benefits include increased transparency, efficiency, performance and monitoring of public procurement. The strength of e-GP in the GAC agenda arises from its capacity to improve the accessibility of information and to ensure fiduciary compliance by automating practices prone to corruption. While many client countries have started to invest in e-GP initiatives, the design and implementation of such programs appears as a mystery to several client governments. Critical success factors are often neglected and overemphasis is put on hardware and software.

The objective of this workshop is to engage in an international dialogue on opportunities and challenges of e-GP implementation and the role of the World Bank in this context, using the case of South Korea as a best practice basis and understanding the journey and requirements that led to the eProcurement system development, massive roll-out, usage and sustainability in South Korea. The workshop also aims to catalyze e-GP implementation, demystify the process, identify "quick wins" and expose key myths and misconceptions using lessons learnt from the Korean experience and its replication in Costa Rica.

Questions to be addressed include:

· How did South Korea align procurement reform with eProcurement design and deployment? How did civil servants and suppliers respond to such a change? Can these be easily replicated in other countries?

· What kind of procurement reforms were necessary? What changes to legal framework were made? How long did that take and what were the requirements for such a reform?

· How was the eGP system developed? Is there a need for a global reference model or agreed common standards/specifications or can a generic open source solution be used?

· What should governments do in general to ensure success of e-GP? Can systems be replicated across countries? How is Costa Rica adapting and implementing eGP using the South Korean system?

· What business model is used? How were risks managed? Can a PPP model be used for eGP implementation?

· Stepping back, and a few years later, what are the overall messages that the Government of South Korea can share with the world on eGP?

Additional background material


9:00 -  9:30  -  Introduction of  Workshop and the main speakers

Carolina Luisa Veira (WBI), Samia Melhem (ICT Sector Unit) and Jaeho Kim (Public Procurement Service  download presentation 

Overview of the World Bank knowledge and capacity building offerings in eProcurement.

9:30 -  10:00    Aligning Procurement reform and eprocurement systems design: Perspective from the Procurement team in OPCS

Ashish Bhateja, Sr. Procurement Specialist , OPCS

10:00  – 11:15 - The Case of South Korea,

Speaker: Kangil Seo, Public Procurement Service, Korea    download presentation 

Moderator: Anna Wielogorsa, Senior Procurement Specialist, EAP

11:15  – 11:30 -  Coffee Break

11:30-12:30 - Can an eProcurement system be re-used in another country? Case of Costa Rica

Speaker: Alicia Avandano Rivera, Cost Rica Government    download presentation 

Moderator: Guru Singh, ICT Sector Unit

12:30 -1:00 -  Question and Answers on Case of South Korea and Costa Rica

Moderated discussion [Samia Melhem (ICT Unit) Marcela Sero. Carolina Luisa Veira, WBI)]

1:00 -2:00 -  Working lunch (lunch provided), discussion of Government transformation initiative, showcase of eProcurement toolkit and community of practice.

2:00 - 3:00 -   Showcasing the system, the features and adoption by users

Presenter: Woosun Han (from Samsung SDS)    download presentation

3:00  -  3:30 -  Open Q&A and discussion

3:30 -  4:00 -  Change management and sustainability of eProcurement

Speaker: Ed Campos, WBI

4:00  -  Workshop closing and suggestions for follow-up and next steps (World Bank Sponsors from ICT Sector Unit and WBI)

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