Industry Engagement Program


As part of continuous improvement under the World Bank’s new Procurement Framework, we are engaging with suppliers in specific industries to improve the outcomes of World Bank-financed projects.

Targeting key industries

When the World Bank’s Board of Executive Directors approved the new Procurement Framework in July 2015, the Bank’s management committed to establishing an External Sectoral Engagement program to improve outcomes in target areas.

The program will focus on a specific set of industries so that results can be shown quickly, before moving onto the next target area.

In FY17-18, the engagement with suppliers will target recurring procurement problems in the Medical Equipment (Diagnostic Imaging) sector and High Voltage, Direct Current (HVDC) electricity transmission sector.

1.     Large Medical Diagnostic Equipment Industry Engagement Workshops

As part of the Bank’s Industry Engagement Program (IEP) for Large Medical Diagnostic Equipment, an initial workshop with industry experts was held on December 8, 2016 in Washington DC. The workshop, focusing primarily on US based industry experts, was the first of a series of face-to-face consultations with industry experts. Subsequent workshops were held in Europe and Asia between June 1 and June 19, 2017. Summaries of the outcomes of these workshops are posted under the “related” tab on this webpage.

In November and December 2017, the Bank held a Webinar to provide an update on the program. A recording of the Webinar has also been published on this webpage.

2.     High Voltage, Direct Current (HVDC) electricity transmission Engagement

As part of the Bank’s Industry Engagement Program, dialogue with suppliers of HVDC (High Voltage Direct Current) power distribution systems has begun. As the Bank has a major project in this sector (CASA 1000), the Bank is leveraging the project to engage with the HVDC supply market. The CASA 1000 project serves as a useful proxy to identify and address the procurement issues present in the sector. It will also serve as a proxy to test how the Bank best engages with the borrower and the business, to build market confidence, given the challenging environments in which these projects are delivered. 

Additional procurement resources have been allocated to support the project’s Task Leader to provide learning for the Bank. 

lastupdated: Nov 16, 2017