Second South Asia Regional Public Procurement Conference
March 25-27, 2014Islamabad, Pakistan


The Second South Asia Regional Public Procurement Conference will be held in Islamabad from March 25 to 27, 2014. The conference will be hosted by the Federal Public Procurement Regulatory Authority of Pakistan and is co‐sponsored by the Asian Development Bank and the World Bank. The conference is an annual learning and networking event for the heads of public procurement of the eight South Asian countries and is a follow up to the one held in Kathmandu in April 2011 hosted by the government of Nepal.

The conference will provide an opportunity to the participants to share their knowledge, experiences, and good practices about public procurement. This in turn will help the country participants to continuously enhance performance of their public procurement systems. The conference will also foster regional cooperation on public procurement. Furthermore,the participants will have an opportunity to learn from several world experts about the latest developments in public procurement, in general, and procurement performance measurement and capacity building, in particular.

The event will be attended by about 100 participants. In addition to the heads of public procurement, participants will include 66 high‐level government officials responsible for public procurement policymaking; oversight agencies; and representatives from the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC), the Asian Development Bank, the World Bank, and other development partners active in Pakistan.


Contact Information:















Ms. Nazrat Bashir

Managing Director,

Public Procurement Regulatory Authority

Federal Bank for Cooperative Building

1st floor, Adjacent to State Bank of Pakistan

Opposite ENERCON G-5/2


Tel: +9251 9224824, +9251 9225430


Mr. Alam Zaib Khan


Public Procurement Regulatory Authority

Federal Bank for Cooperative Building

1st floor, Adjacent to State Bank of Pakistan

Opposite ENERCON G-5/2


Tel: +9251 9202254

WB (Islamabad): Ms. Uzma Sadaf, +92-51-9090376

Mr. Mohammad Azharul Huq, + 92-51-9090377

WB (HQ): Mr. Ahmed Merzouk, Conference  Coordinator, +1 202-458-5132

Ms. Zibun Nessa Pinu, +1 202-473-4057

ADB Resident Mission (New Delhi): Mr. Hiroyuki Maruyama, Conference Coordinator,                        +91 11 3090 0600

ADB Resident Mission (Islamabad): Mr. Naeem Abbas, +92 (51) 2087300- Ext 337   

ADB (HQ): Mr. Rustam A. Abdukayumov, +63 (2) 683 1737 





Islamabad Serena Hotel,


Tel: +92 2874000, U.A.N. 111 133 133

Fax: +92 2871100, + 92 2871092

Website :

Contact Person:

Duty Manager (24/7 ) Cell: 92 300 8505684 

Logistics for participants

(Travel, Visa, Charge Code, Air Tickets, Hotel, Transportation, Security Clearances etc.)


Visa: Participants are responsible for making their visa arrangements. They must apply for visa to the nearest Pakistan Embassy/Consulate soonest possible. World Bank Country offices will help if needed. For facilitation of the visa process, FPPRA will be issuing invitation letters to the nominated participants (on request). 


Hotel Accommodation: The World Bank has arranged the following hotel in Islamabad.  Islamabad Serena Hotel,


Tel: +92 2874000, U.A.N. 111 133 133

Fax: +92 2871100, + 92 2871092

Website :

Air ticket: Travel arrangements for all nominated participants are being made by ADB.  Participants should send the following information to the respective  ADB Resident Mission staff  listed below:

·         A scanned copy of the participants’ national passport /diplomatic/official passport

·         Final travel itinerary.


-          Afghanistan Resident Mission : Rachelle Ramirez, Portfolio Management Specialist;

-          Bangladesh Resident Mission: Ali Kausar Muhammad Firoz, Senior Procurement Officer;

-          Bhutan Resident Mission : Tshewang Norbu, Senior Country Coordination Officer;

-          India Resident Mission:Chandra Arora, Senior Procurement Officer;

-          Nepal Resident Mission :Narendra Bahadur Chand, Senior Procurement Officer;

-          Pakistan Resident Mission: Naeem Abbas, Senior Procurement Officer;

-          Sri Lanka Resident Mission : Sarath Muthugala, Senior Procurement Officer;


Transportation: Airport transfer will be provided by Hotel Serena.  Hotel staff will receive guests at the airport with Serena Hotel placard. In case, no hotel staff appears, guest should go to the Serena hotel booth located at the airport.


Meals/Breakfast: Breakfast and dinner are included with the room.  Lunches and tea/coffee will be provided during the sessions. Two formal dinners will be arranged during the Conference: One by the host (the Federal Public Procurement Regulatory Authority, Pakistan); and the second by the Conference Sponsors.


All expenses other than those mentioned above and any other incidentals will be borne by the participants and must be settled directly by them.


Trip Settlement after Conference


Upon their return, participants should  contact  the ADB Resident Missions staff as mentioned above to submit original/copy of the following  required  documents :

- attendance sheet duly signed by participants,

- invoice from travel agency,

- boarding passes,

- receipt of purchase or other evidence of payment


The invited Guest Speakers shall submit Original /copy of their invoices and boarding passes to World Bank for records and expense settlement. The mentioned documents shall be sent to Ahmed Merzouk,  Conference Coordinator,


Self-sponsored Participants


Please settle your bills directly with the hotel.

Important Note

Alcoholic beverages are prohibited in Pakistan. Participants should not bring any alcoholic beverages during this trip.



Pakistan’s local currency is Pakistan Rupee. Currency may be exchanged at the airport, in the hotels, at the banks or exchange offices.

Day 1: Tuesday, March 25, 2014

9:00 am - 10:00 am


Session 1: Inaugural Session & Welcoming Remarks
Chair/Facilitator: Ms. Nazrat Bashir, Managing Director, Federal Public Procurement Regulatory Authority, Pakistan 

10:00 am - 11:30 am

Welcome and Opening Remarks by Conference Chair (Ms. Nazrat Bashir)
Opening Remarks by Sponsors :

  • Mr. Christopher M Browne, Chief Procurement Officer, the World Bank
  • Mr. Nianshan Zhang, Deputy Country Director, Asian Development Bank
  • Welcome Address by Honorable President of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan Mr. Mamnoon Hussain
  • Presentation of the Mass Open Online Procurement Course (MOOC) by Felipe Goya, South Asia Regional Procurement Manager, the World Bank.
  • Launch by His Excellency Mamnoon Hussain President of Islamic Republic of Pakistan of the Mass Open Online Procurement Course (MOOC) 

11:30 am – 11:45 am

Tea/Coffee Break 

Session 2: Procurement Performance Management: Concept and Good Practices

Chair: Mr. Kazi Jahangir Alam, Director General, Implementation Monitoring and Evaluation Division, Bangladesh

11:45 am– 12: 15 pm

What is Performance in Public Procurement?
Mr. Daniel Gordon, George Washington University, USA  

12:15 pm – 12:45 pm


A model on measurement of procurement systems performance – Case of U.K.
Mr. David Smith, Former Commercial Director of UK Government Department of Work and Pensions and CIPS Associate and Past President
12:45 pm –  01:15 pm Procurement Performance Management – Case of New Zealand
Mr. John Ivil, General Manager Government Procurement. Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, New Zealand

1:15 pm - 1:30 pm

Chair’s Summary and Comments

1:30 pm – 2:30 pm

Lunch Break

Session 3: Capacity Building and Innovation for Performance
Chair: Mr. Naresh Kumar Chapagain, Joint Secretary, PPMO, Nepal 
2:30 pm- 3:00 pm Sustainable capacity building for enhanced public procurement performance
Mr. David  Smith, Former Commercial Director of UK Government Department of Work and Pensions and CIPS Associate and Past President.

3:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Development of capacity and capability of government procurement to deliver value for money
Mr. Daniel Gordon, George Washington University, USA.    


3:30 pm- 4:15 pm Budget and Management Procurement Innovations for Performance Improvement
Ms. Ana Maria Vieira Neto, Director, Secretary of Logistics and Information Technology, Ministry of Planning, Brazil

4:15 pm – 4:30 pm

Coffee Break

Session 4 : Public Procurement Policies and Practices in South Asia: Co-Sponsors’ View
Chair: Mrs. K. D. R. Olga , Director, Department of Public Finance, MOFT, Sri Lanka

4:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Latest Development in World Bank Policy Review
Mr. Christopher M Browne, Chief Procurement Officer, World Bank 

5:00 pm – 5: 20 pm


Public Procurement in South Asia Region –World Bank’s View and Initiatives
Mr. Felipe Goya,  Regional Procurement Manager, South Asia Region, the World Bank 


5:20 pm - 6: 00 pm

Public Procurement in South Asia Region – ADB’s Views and Initiatives
Mr. Hans Carlsson, Advisor and Head, Portfolio, Results and Quality Control Unit & Mr. Walter Poick, Principal Procurement Specialist ,Operations Services and Financial Management Department South Asia Regional Department, ADB

6:00 pm - 6: 10 pm

Chair’s Summary and Comments
7:00 pm

Dinner hosted by the Government of Pakistan


DAY 2: Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Session 5: Delivering Procurement Performance - Success stories from the Region

Chair: Mr. Felipe Goya & Hiro Maruyama    

9:00 am-9:30 am

Mr. Shafiq Qarizada, Deputy Minister (Policy), Ministry of Finance

9:30 am-10:00 am

Mr. Kazi Jahangir Alam, Director General, Ministry of Planning

10:00 am-10:30 am


10:30 am-11:00 am

Coffee Break

11:00 am-11:30 am

Mr. Karma Wangdi, Chief Procurement Officer

11:30 am-12:00 pm

Mr. Naresh Kumar Chapagain, Joint Secretary, Public Procurement Monitoring Office of Nepal 

12:00 pm-12:30 pm


12:30 pm-01:30 pm

Lunch Break

1:30 pm-2:00 pm

Mr. Ahmed Mujuthaba, Director General (Policy), Ministry of Finance

2:00 pm-2:30 pm

Sri Lanka
Mrs. K. D. R. Olga, Director, Public Finance Department, Ministry of Finance and Planning 

2:30 pm- 3:00 pm


3:00 pm-3:30 pm

Coffee Break

3:30 pm- 4:00 pm

Ms. Nazrat Bashir, Managing Director, Federal Public Procurement Regulatory Authority

4:00 pm-4:30 pm

Role of Procurement Audit in Improving Procurement Performance
Mr. Malik Khadim Hussain, Additional Auditor General of Pakistan       

4:30 pm-5:00 pm


5:00 pm-5:30 pm

Chairs’ Summary and Comments
Mr. Felipe Goya & Mr. Hiro Maruyama

7:00 PM

Reception hosted by the conference sponsors

DAY 3: Thursday, March 27, 2014
Panel Discussion, Group Work & Conclusion

Session 6: Panel Discussion on Pre-requisites  for Enhancing Procurement System Performance
Chair: Mr. Felipe Goya

8:30 am-10:00 am

The Chair will ask the panelists three questions on pre-requisites for enhancing procurement system performance. Panelists will briefly respond to the questions.  After panelists’ answers to each question, floor will be open to participants for Q&A.

Panelists: Ms. Nazrat Bashir, Mr. John Ivil , Mr. Daniel Gordon and representative of the Association of Consulting Engineers Pakistan (ACEP)   

10:00 am-10:15 am                                                               

Coffee Break

Session 7: Group Discussions –  Actions Plan
Chair: Mr. Felipe Goya / Mr.  Hiro Maruyama
10:15 am-10:45 am Outcome of the First South Asia Regional Public Procurement Conference held  in Kathmandu in April 2011
Mr. Naresh Kumar Chapagain, Joint Secretary, Public Procurement Monitoring Office of Nepal and Ms. Nazrat Bashir , Managing Director of Public Procurement Regulatory Authority of  Pakistan.

*10:45 am-12:30 pm

Working Group

Participants break into four groups and will be assigned the themes as follows:

 i-Creation of institutionalized and sustainable procurement capacity building mechanisms

ii- Ways forward for moving from compliance to performance  

iii-Effective use of new procurement tools, including capacity building tools for Value for Money

vi-Regional Action Plan for cooperation on public procurement capacity building, and creation of a regional network

Action :

Step1: Chair explains the objective of group discussions and provides group discussion guidelines.


Step 2: Participants join their respective groups. As per the list displayed during the session and start discussion.

 Step 3: Each group will take stock of the implementation of the Kathmandu Forum and propose an action plan to ensure continuous exchange of knowledge and experience among the participants after the Islamabad Conference.

Step 4: Each group will elaborate some practical regional actions on procurement performance and   capacity building.

Step 5: Each group discussion will be supported by facilitators and rapporteurs to be identified.  



12:30 pm-1:30 pm

Lunch Break

1:30 pm-2:30 pm

Presentations by the four Working Groups

 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm


Discussion and elaboration of key actions to be implemented until the next Forum

3:30 pm -4:00 pm

Conclusion and Wrap-up: Ms. Nazrat Bashir,  Mr. Felipe Goya and Mr. Hiro Maruyama

*Coffee will be available during the session

  • Country Presentations

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    Public Procurement Regulatory Authority of Pakistan

    The Public Procurement Regulatory Authority is an autonomous body endowed with the responsibility of prescribing regulations and procedures for public procurements by Federal Government-owned public sector organizations with a view to improve governance, management, transparency, accountability and quality of public procurement of goods, works and services.
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    Asian Development Bank in Pakistan

    The ADB is working with the government and the private sector to improve Pakistan’s infrastructure, energy security, and basic public services. Aligned with national development objectives, ADB’s partnership priorities aim to attract investment, create industries and jobs, and improve the quality of life of citizens.

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