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Fifth South Asia Region Public Procurement Conference

February 5-7, 2018

New Delhi, India

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    Background

    The main objective of the South Asia Regional Public Procurement Conference is to enable the heads of public procurement and other key stakeholders in the eight South Asian countries to meet and learn from one another and from external resource persons.  The knowledge thus acquired helps them to continuously make their public procurement systems more effective in utilization of public resources and ensuring quality and timely delivery of services. The Conference is held under the auspices of the South Asia Region Public Procurement Network (SARPPN) which is sponsored and facilitated by the World Bank, Asian Development Bank, and Islamic Development Bank.

    The first conference was held in Kathmandu in 2010, the second in Islamabad in 2014, the third in Dhaka 2015 and the fourth in Sri Lanka 2017 – all helped achieve the above mentioned mutual knowledge exchange and learning objective.  In between these annual events, the World Bank facilitates via VC meetings of the SAR heads of public procurement for continuous exchange of knowledge and experiences through discussions of topics of interest. 

    The World Bank has also been sponsoring a country knowledge exchange programs for the SAR heads of public procurement.  Such programs have already been successfully organized in Brazil and Mexico (2014), Australia (2016), and USA (2017). These knowledge exchange programs do not only provide an opportunity for the heads of public procurement to learn from the countries with well-advanced public procurement systems, but also from one another.

    The Delhi Conference and its Theme

    The Fifth South Asia Regional Public Procurement Conference being held in New Delhi on February 5-7, 2018, will continue with the SARPPN overarching goal of providing a learning and networking platform to SAR heads of public procurement and procurement professionals and to exchange their knowledge and experience of topics that would help them improve their public procurement systems.

    The theme of the Fifth Conference “Public Procurement and Service Delivery” is appropriate and timely as the governments of all the countries in the region strive to improve their public procurement to ensure timely and quality delivery of public services.  All eight SAR countries spend approximately US$550 billion equivalent on public procurement of goods, works and services, which eventually convert to public services. The Fifth Conference will deliberate upon key aspects of public procurement that help ensure delivery of these services; and identify and address areas that need improvement.

    Host, Participants and Agenda

    All India Management Association (AIMA), supported by the Government of India (GOI), represented by the Public Procurement Division (PPD) of the Ministry of Finance, is hosting the Conference.

    About 100 participants, who include senior government officials responsible for public procurement and related fields, are attending.  The representatives of Development Partners (DPs) active in South Asian countries and resource persons are among the participants.

    South Asia Procurement Innovation Awards 2017

    During the Conference, the SAPPN with ADB, WB, IsDB and Procurement iNET is holding a ceremony for honoring the winners of the South Asia Procurement Innovation Awards (SAPIA) 2017  will be honored for their winning submissions. 

  • South Asia Region Public Procurement Conference

    FEBRUARY 5-7, 2018

    public procurement and service delivery

    Venue: Hotel Leela Palace, New Delhi

    Time

    Topic

    Resource Person

    DAY ONE – MONDAY, FEBRUARY 5, 2018

    08:30-09:15

    Registration

     

    Session I – Inauguration Session    

    09:15 – 09:45

    Arrival of all the dignitaries

    09:45 – 09:50

    Welcome remarks by Mr.Ajay Narayan Jha, Secretary (Expenditure), GOI  

    09:50 – 09:55

    Remarks by Mr.Junaid Kamal Ahmad, Country Director, World Bank for India

    09.55 – 10.15

    Inaugural Address by Mr. Arun Jaitley, FM and Minister of Corporate Affairs, GOI  

    10.15 – 10.20

    Mr. Arun Jaitley, FM and Minister of Corporate Affairs, GOI  leaves

    10.20 – 10.30

    Remarks by the current Chair of the Conference (Mr. P. Algama, Director General Department of Public Finance, Ministry of Finance, Sri Lanka

    10.30 – 10.35

    Remarks by Mr. Kenichi Yokoyama, Country Director, Asian Development Bank for India

    10.35 – 10.40

    Remarks by Mr. Issa Modi Ide, Head of Delegation of Islamic Development Bank

    10.40 – 10.55

    Remarks by Vinay Sharma, Director, Global Governance Practice, World Bank

    10.55 – 11.00

    Remarks by Ms. Rekha Sethi, Director General, All India Management Association (AIMA)

    11.00-11:15 – Coffee/Tea Break

    Session II - Keynote Speech (Chair – Mr.K.Rajaraman, JS, PPD)

    11:15 AM – 12:15 PM

    Public Service Delivery – What is expected from public procurement?

    Professor Gustavo Piga   

    Faculty of Economics

    University of Rome Tor Vergata

    12:15 – 01:15 PM– Lunch Break        

    Session III – Service Delivery Case Studies in Health and Education Sectors (Chair: IsDB)

    01:15 – 02:45 PM

    Case Study 1 - efficient use of public procurement for service delivery in health sector

    Mr.Kevin Bates, Head of Commercial and Procurement, NHS, U.K.

    02:45 – 03:15 PM

    Coffee Break

    03:15  – 04:45 PM

    Case Study 2 – efficient use of public procurement for service delivery in education sector

    Mr.Dominic Aumentado, World Bank, Philippines  

    04:45 – 05:30

    Q&A and Closing Remarks

    6:30 -7.00 PM

    Keynote address on “Role of Private Sector in supplementing government for delivery of educational services”

    Mr. Sunil Kant Munjal, Founder, BML Munjal University and President, Dayanand Medical College and Hospital

    7.00 PM

    Dinner/Reception by Co-Sponsors

     

     DAY TWO – TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 6, 2018

    Session IV –  Public Procurement Pre-requisites for Quality Service Delivery (Chair – Vinay Sharma, Director, GGP, the World Bank)

    09:00 – 10:30 AM

    Understanding of rules and regulations – overview of key regulatory and other aspects of public procurement

    Ms.Caroline Nicholas, Senior Legal Officer, UNCITRAL, Vienna   

     

    10:30 – 11:00 AM

    Coffee/Tea Break

    11:00 AM – 12:30 PM

    Oversight mechanisms, including bid complaint review, audits, and citizens engagement

    Mr.Bill Woods, Director, Acquisition Sourcing Management, U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO)   

    12:30 – 01:30 PM

    Lunch

    Session V – Host Country Showcase (Chair: Elmas Arisoy, Manager (South Asia), World Bank)

     

    01:30 – 03.00 PM

    PPP for service delivery – case studies from India

    New Delhi Airport – Mr. Subir Hazra, Associate Vice President, Delhi International Airport Limited (DIAL)

     

    Hyderabad Metro – Deloitte (TBC)

    03.00 -  04.30 PM

    ICT for service delivery – case studies from India

    GeM – Ms.Radha Chauhan, CEO  

     

    CPPP- Ms.Neeta Verma, DG, NIC

    04:30 – 05:00 PM

    Q&A and Closing Remarks

     

    06:00 -07.00 PM

    South Asia Innovation Award Ceremony (facilitated by Kalesh Kumar) including brief presentations by Innovation Award winners

    WB, ADB and IsDB  

    7.00 PM

    Dinner/Reception by Hosts

     

    DAY THREE – WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 7, 2018

    Session VI – Country Presentations with focus on Conference Themes; and Other Topics of Interest

     

    09:00 – 10:15 AM

    15 minute country presentation on the current status and challenges (e.g. abnormally low bids, contract management, Incoterms, domestic preference, etc,) of service delivery  followed by 15 Minutes Q&A –  (Afganistan, Bhutan, Bangladesh and India)

    Chair: Mr.P. Algama

     

    Panel: All Resource Persons including representatives of AIIB and JICA.

     

    10:15 to 10:30 AM Coffee/Tea Break

    10:30  – 12:30

    15 minute country presentation on the current status and challenges (e.g. abnormally low bids, contract management, Incoterms, domestic preference, etc,) of service delivery  followed by 15 Minutes Q&A –  (Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka)

    Chair: Mr.P. Algama

     

    Panel: All Resource Persons including representatives of AIIB and JICA.

     

    12:30 – 01:30 PM

    Lunch Break

     

    01:30 – 02:15 PM

    Collection, Analysis and Use of Procurement Data

    PPMO Nepal and

    CPTU, Bangladesh

     

     

     

    Session VII – Group Work (Chair: Mr. Jeff Taylor, Director Procurement Division 1, ADB)

    02:15 – 04:15 PM

     

    Coffee will be available during group discussions)

    Group Work

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

    (i)           Group 1 - What are the main challenges service delivery vis a vis public procurement in SAR countries and how these can be addressed?

    (ii)         Group 2 – What specific actions in public procurement can be taken to improve service delivery?

    (iii)       Group 3 – What measures can be taken to effectively follow up on Conference recommendations and initiate actions to promote regional integration through public procurement

    Chair explains the objective of group discussions and provide guidelines.

     

    Participants join their respective groups a list of team members of which will be placed on the notice board and start discussions.

     

    Each group will elaborate some practical regional actions for the necessary improvements in public procurement for quality service delivery.

     

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

     

    Each group will present 3 to 5 key actions to be included in the action plan of the Fifth Conference.

     

     

    04:15 – 04.45 PM

    Wrap up and way forward

    WB, ADB, IsDB and Host

    04.45-05.00 PM

    Closing address

    Mr.Subhash Chandra Garg, Secretary, DEA, GOI