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.

Our objective is to identify ways to resolve key procurement problems in target areas and tailor and adapt our processes and guidance to fix them.

We will post the relevant documents from these engagements on this website. All interested parties are invited to participate via online comment.
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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.

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

The engagement with suppliers will initially target recurring procurement problems in the high voltage, direct current (HVDC) and medical capital equipment sectors.  

Upcoming engagements

The initial engagement meeting will be held in Washington, DC, on December 8, with representatives of the medical capital equipment industry. Subsequent engagements will be organized in Asia and Europe in 2017 for both capital medical equipment and HVDC sectors. As those dates are finalized, the details will be posted on this website.

All related documents will be made available for public comment via this website.

Comments should be sent to