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12th Procurement, Integrity, Management and Openness (PRIMO) Forum
May 17-19, 2016Astana, Kazakhstan


The Forum provides an opportunity for public procurement agencies of participating countries to learn and share their experiences and practices in public procurement reforms, with a special focus on “Professionalization of Procurement Function”.

Well-functioning public procurement systems are essential for effective project implementation, good governance and efficient service delivery to the citizens. The initiation of the Procurement, Integrity, Management and Openness (PRIMO) Forum (previously called Public Procurement Knowledge Exchange Forum) by the World Bank in 2005 was an important innovative milestone towards sharing knowledge and experience in public procurement reform. It also provided peer to peer capacity building to participating countries.

More than a decade since the representatives from Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan first met to develop a common platform to learn from one another, this initiative has grown into an annual Platform and has spurred the creation of an influential community of practice spanning more than 24 countries throughout Europe and Central Asia region (ECA) and beyond.

Objectives and Theme of 2016 PRIMO Forum

The 2016 marks the 12th year for this Forum. The event provides an opportunity for public procurement agencies and other agencies mandated for procurement professionalization of participating countries to learn and share their experiences and practices in public procurement reforms, with a special focus on “Professionalization of Procurement Function”.

The main objectives of the Forum are to:

  • Provide an opportunity to public procurement institutions and other stakeholders  who have the mandate for procurement professionalization from participating countries to share their experiences and practices in public procurement reforms, with a special focus on professionalization of procurement function;
  • Promote and foster regional and cross regional cooperation in public procurement, and good governance. Give the participants the opportunity to explore and strengthen networking in the area and to seek active involvement and support of international and bilateral donors to further improve service delivery to the citizen through efficient procurement implementation.

Expected Results

At the end of the Forum, each country will present procurement related actions that are to be monitored throughout the year. This is considered to be the main output of the Forum. Learning from their peers, each team formulates an action plan, upload it on the shared website and monitored by Governments, IFI’s and other procurement experts.

World Bank Group

MAY 17, TUESDAY (DAY 1)  

8:30 - 9:00 am

9:00 - 10:30 am

 

 

REGISTRATION

Session 1:  Opening Session and Host Presentation - Mrs. Hiba Tahboub,

Governance Manager, The World Bank

 

Welcoming Remarks           

·         Mr. Bakytzhan Sagintaev, First Vice Prime Minister, Republic of Kazakhstan

·         Mr. Bakhyt Sultanov, Minister of Finance, Republic of Kazakhstan

·         Mr. Christopher Mark  Browne, Chief Procurement Officer, the World Bank

·         Mr. Ignatius Santoso, Sr. Director, Asian Development Bank

·         Mr. Issa Ide, Lead Procurement specialist, Project Procurement Division,

·         Operation Policy and Services Department, Islamic Development Bank

·         Video clip: Mr. Cyril E Muller, ECA RVP and Mrs. Deborah L. Wetzel (Senior Director-Governance) - The World Bank

Strengthening of Procurement Professionalization Function in Kazakhstan           

·         Mr. Ruslan Beketaev, Vice-Minister of Finance

·         Mr. Sabit Akhmetov, Head of Public Procurement Department - Ministry of Finance, Republic of Kazakhstan

10:30 - 11:00 am Coffee Break

11:00 - 12:30 am

Session 2:  Panel discussion:  Professionalization of the Procurement Function. Co-sponsors perspectives

Procurement Professionalization in the World Bank New Procurement Framework   

Mr. Christopher Mark Browne, Chief Procurement Officer, The World Bank

Features of a Procurement Professionalization System    

Ms. Hiba Tahboub, Governance Manager, Public Integrity and Openness, Governance Global Practice, World Bank

ADB's Initiatives in Capacity Building for efficient Project Implementation        

Mr. Ignatius Santoso, Sr. Director, Asian Development Bank

Education and Capacity Building of Procurement Officers        

Mr. Issa Ide, Lead Procurement specialist, Project Procurement Division, Operation Policy and Services Department, Islamic Development Bank

12:30 – 1:30 pm

Lunch Break

1:30 am – 3:30 pm

Session 3:  Presentations:  Professionalization of Public Procurement – the

American and Canadian experiences

The $400 billion Question: Building a Common Foundation to Optimize Federal Procurement

Dr. Andrei Chursov, Sr. Advisor to the Administrator at the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA), USA

Professionalization of Public Procurement, A Canadian Perspective

Mr. Francois Emond, Executive Director, Canadian Public Procurement Council, Canada

3:30 – 4:00 pm

Coffee Break

4:00-5:00 pm

Session 4:  Country Presentation and Discussion

5:00 pm

End of Day -- Closing Remarks

 

Download the full agenda

 

As improving the capacity for public procurement is fundamental to the development of any country, the PRIMO Forum has transformed into a leading event for procurement specialists around.  This community has grown in number and geographic reach, its breadth and scope has also expanded significantly.

Past forums have focused on state of the art developments in public procurement reforms such as centralized purchasing of common use goods and services, electronic procurement, transparency and integrity in public procurement, and measuring procurement performance..etc.

From the certification of more than 1,000 public procurement officers in Serbia to the introduction of electronic government procurement in Georgia, Kyrgyz, Uzbek, Kosovo and Armenia the results of the past decade of cooperation among public procurement specialists through this annual Forum are palpable. As the scope of this Forum continues to grow and the benefits continue to build on previous successes, all the participants in this community of practice - past and future, can expect even more tangible benefits. The PRIMO forum moves into its second decade of transformational change in public procurement through further strengthening regional cooperation and greater support from international organizations.

Learn more: A Decade of Learning: Building a Public Procurement Community of Practice

Past Events

June 9-12, 2015 11th Public Procurement Knowledge Exchange Forum Batumi, Georgia
May 27-30, 2014 10th Public Procurement Knowledge Exchange Platform Istanbul, Turkey
May 28-31, 2013 9th Public Procurement Knowledge Exchange Platform Skopje, FYR Macedonia
May 22-25, 2012 8th Regional Public Procurement Forum Tirana, Albania
May 16-19, 2011 7th Regional Public Procurement Forum Tbilisi, Georgia
April 26-29, 2010 6th Regional Public Procurement Forum Istanbul, Turkey
April 21-24, 2009 5th Regional Public Procurement Forum Issyk-Kul, Kyrgyz Rep.
April 28-30, 2008 4th Central Asia Regional Public Procurement Forum Dushanbe, Tajikistan
May 22-24, 2007 3rd Central Asia Regional Public Procurement Forum Issyk-Kul, Kyrgyz Rep.
April 11-14, 2006 2nd Central Asia Regional Public Procurement Forum Almaty, Kazakhstan
April 25-28, 2005 Regional Public Procurement Forum Tashkent, Uzbekistan

The 12th PRIMO forum will be hosted this year by the Public Procurement Department of Kazakhstan upon their request. The Forum will be held in Astana, Kazakhstan during the period of May 17-19, 2016.  It will be co-sponsored by the Asian Development Bank (ADB), European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), the Islamic Development Bank (IsDB), and the World Bank and in cooperation with European Investment Bank (EIB), SIGMA, OECD, and UNICTRAL.

Details
  • WHEN: May 17-19, 2016
  • WHERE: Astana, Kazakhstan