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15th Procurement, Integrity, Management and Openness (PRIMO) Forum

April 10-13, 2019

Tashkent, Uzbekistan



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  • The 15th PRIMO Forum aims to promote regional and global cooperation in public procurement and contract management to improve public investment outcomes for better service delivery to citizens.

    The Forum, hosted by the Ministry of Finance, Government of Uzbekistan, is being held in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, on April 10-12, 2019.

    Approximately 100 participants are expected, including about 50 high-level government officials responsible for public procurement in 24 countries - Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, North Macedonia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Kyrgyz Republic, Moldova, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovenia, Tajikistan, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, Uzbekistan - along with representatives from ADB, IsDB, EBRD, EU, SIGMA, EIB, OECD, WTO, UNCITRAL, and the World Bank, among others.

    The theme of this year's PRIMO Forum is Procurement and Implementation in Public Investment Projects.

  • The Procurement, Integrity, Management and Openness (PRIMO) Forum (previously called the Public Procurement Knowledge Exchange Forum) was initiated by the World Bank in 2005, which was an important milestone in sharing knowledge and experiences in public procurement reform. The Forum also provided peer-to-peer capacity building to participating countries. 

    More than a decade since representatives from Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan first met to develop a common platform to learn from each other, 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 the Europe & Central Asia region, and beyond.

    Procurement and Implementation in Public Investment Projects

    Public investment projects absorb a considerable amount of public spending to improve public infrastructure and service delivery. Together with private investments, they provide the backbone of economic development and their successful implementation depends on the quality of governance and control arrangements.

    The volume of investment procurement alone is estimated to be around 75% of total government procurement. In this context, public procurement plays an essential role throughout the whole project cycle including planning, execution, and contract management.

    Inefficiency in the procurement system can thus have significant effects both macroeconomically and on the cost-benefit rationale for investment decisions. Both results could adversely affect the economic welfare of citizens. Therefore, procurement needs to be understood in the context of the broader functioning of the public sector and not as a self-standing system.

    The PRIMO Forum 2019 provides a platform to share country experiences in managing the procurement and implementation of public investments at national, regional, and local levels.

    Past Events

    May 8-10, 2018

    14th Procurement,  Integrity, Management and Openness (PRIMO) Forum

    Bucharest, Romania 

    May 23-25, 2017

    13th Procurement, Integrity, Management and Openness (PRIMO) Forum

    Kyiv, Ukraine

    May 17-20, 2106

    12th Public Procurement Knowledge Exchange Forum

    Astana, Kazakhstan

    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