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LAW, JUSTICE AND DEVELOPMENT 2020 | Public Healthcare Procurement during the Covid-19 Pandemic: How to Reconcile Urgency with Integrity?

November 18, 2020


To respond more quickly to the Covid-19 global health crisis, governments around the world have been relaxing their existing national procurement laws. The purpose of this session is to provide an overview of the expedited procurement processes that have been developed to address bottlenecks in the procurement of critical medical equipment, discuss the significant risks associated with looser restrictions and identify “best practices” that developing countries could follow for emergency procurement to mitigate the risk of corruption and ensure transparency.

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    Roberto Chieppa

    Secretary General, Presidency of the Council of Ministers, Italy

    Roberto Chieppa hold the position of Secretary General of the Presidency of the Council of Ministers since June 2018. Previous assignments: Secretary General of the Italian Competition Authority; he is Judge at the Supreme Administrative Court (Consiglio di Stato) and President of a Section of the Supreme Administrative Court; Lecturer for university and post-graduate courses on administrative law and antitrust law; co-editor of specialized legal journals, author of more than 50 publications in the administrative law sector. Author of the several publications on independent administrative Authorities. Speaker on antitrust and administrative law issues at several conferences.


    Ana Cristina Calderon Ramirez

    Sector Specialist in Public Procurement, Fiscal Division, Inter-American Development Bank

    Ana Cristina is a Sector specialist in public procurement at the IDB Fiscal Management Division. She has extensive experience as a researcher and international consultant on issues relating to the modernization of public procurement systems in Latin America and the Caribbean, public management compliance assessments, and the strengthening and use of country procurement systems for aid delivery. She Holds a PhD from the Maastricht University, school of Government (UNU-MERIT) and MSc in Social Policy and Development from the London School of Economics. She has also complete studies on Economic and Foreign Policy at American University in Washington DC and on the use of data analysis for strategic communication from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.


    Vinay Sharma

    Director, Solutions and Innovations in Procurement, Governance Global Practice, World Bank Group

    Vinay Sharma joined the World Bank as a Director of Procurement on June 15, 2017. Vinay has over thirty years of experience, much of which has been at senior leadership positions responsible for policy formulation, project management, developing strategic alliances and implementation of reforms. Before joining the World Bank, Vinay was the Director of the African Development Bank’s (AfDB) Procurement and Fiduciary Services Department. He worked on procurement, financial management, and anti-corruption at the AfDB for 14 years, and handled a wide range of broad public sector governance and management issues, including ‘hands-on’ review of the AfDB’s most complex and challenging procurement transactions. He was responsible for formulating and bringing to the Board’s approval a new procurement policy for the AfDB, a process that included extensive consultations with member countries, MDBs, professional organizations representing contractors, suppliers and consultants, NGOs, CSOs and internally within AfDB. Vinay also served as Head of Operations and Management at the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation in India and worked over 16 years in various capacities at Indian Railways and with two large state-owned enterprises in the infrastructure sector. This exposure and experience provided him with first-hand knowledge of procurement from a borrower or beneficiary standpoint. Vinay is a Civil Engineer by training.


    Paulo Magina

    Head of Public Procurement, OECD

    Paulo Magina is the Head of Public Procurement at the OECD Directorate for Public Governance since March 2014, where he is devoted to supporting member and non-member countries in their efforts to improve their public procurement and infrastructure governance systems, making them more strategic and impactful for the life and well-being of citizens. With over 15 years’ experience in the public sector, most recently he was a board member and the CFO of the Portuguese Central Government Shared Services Agency, in charge of finance, accounting, HR, IT and public procurement for the public administration. Between 2010 and 2012, he was also the CEO of the National Public Procurement Agency, where he led the setting up of the central purchasing body and the e-procurement implementation. He also worked lately with the EBRD and UNCITRAL to advise policy and legal reforms, develop action plans and road maps for restructuring public procurement systems in the CIS region. Formerly he was deputy member of the cabinet of the secretary of state for transports in Portugal and held managerial positions as CFO and Investment Director in the transportation, banking and private equity sectors, for more than 12 years.


    Sean Darby

    Senior Project Officer, Transparency International’s Health Initiative

    Sean works for the Transparency International Health Initiative, which aims ’to reduce corruption in the health sector for the benefit of all people in all contexts’. Sean is primarily responsible for monitoring and evaluation of the Initiative’s ‘Open Contracting for Health’ and ‘Improving Covid-19 Procurement to Increase Equitable Access to Medicines and Equipment’ projects, both of which to improve the transparency of procurement systems in low and middle-income countries.


    Enrico Canzio

    Chief Counsel and Member of the Procurement Complaints Committee, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development

    Enrico is a Chief Counsel (Banking Operations) and member of the Procurement Complaints Committee at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development. He has spent the last 16 years working in developing and emerging markets, structuring and advising on privatizations, M&A, project finance, PPP and banking transactions (with a focus on China, Russia and Turkey). Enrico is currently teaching an economics course at Sciences Po, Paris ("Financing for Development") and giving lectures on the role of public-private partnerships in developing countries at Queen Mary University (London) and on sovereign lending at Panthéon-Assas University (Paris).


  • FORMAT: Roundtable
  • DATE: November 18
  • TIME: 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
  • CONTACT: ljd@worldbank.org
  • ACCESS: Public