Natural disasters, health crisis such as Ebola, and pandemics such as COVID-19 can happen anywhere at any time. Emergencies of a magnitude like the 2020 coronavirus pandemic can have a devastating impact on the lives and livelihoods of millions of people, particularly the most vulnerable, and on the global economy. It is of vital importance that authorities make appropriate use of available public resources to mitigate, contain, and quickly recover from the adverse effects of such emergencies.
The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed the vulnerabilities of supply chains, with the rapid spread of the disease and a massive demand for essential supplies for prevention, treatment, and emergency response. The increased demand for these items and restrictions on normal operations present the Governments with serious challenges and numerous predatory practices. Emergency situations can provide opportunities for fraud and corruption through the manipulation of procurement processes, specifications, estimated quantities, price gouging, and unscrupulous suppliers.
Procuring under extreme urgency is not a new concept for public authorities. In most countries, the legal framework provides for procurement procedures during emergencies. However, very few countries have sound operating procedures/guidelines to cope up with the situation. During the COVID-19 pandemic there is public outcry in many countries. People are losing trust in the governments to handle emergency procurement.
This worldwide health crisis has led to a debate on whether current public procurement legal frameworks are adequate. In this event, we will share experiences of procurement agencies interventions to address the emergency procurement challenges and the lessons learned so far.
What will you learn:
1) How we can improve legal frameworks to respond to emergencies;
2) How different countries set up procurement arrangements to respond to COVID-19;
3) Lessons learned and the way forward.
Opening Remarks: Vinay Sharma, Global Director, Governance Practice, World Bank
Chair: Hiba Tahboub, Practice Manger - Procurement, AFE, World Bank
Moderator: Manjola Malo, Procurement Specialist, LAC, World Bank
Keynote Speakers: Peter Trepte, Senior Fellow in Public Procurement Law at the University of Nottingham (UK); and Carey Kluttz, Head of Country Programs, Open Contracting Partnership
Panelists: From Ecuador, Senegal, Vietnam, and Morocco
Discussants: Belita Manka, Senior Counsel, World Bank; and Francisca Ayodeji Akala, Practice Manager, AFE, World Bank
Run of Show
7:30 - 8:00 – Meet and Greet
8:00 - 8:05 – Introduction by Nagaraju Duthaluri, Chair of PforD CoP, and Welcome Message by Hiba Tahboub
8:05 - 8:10 – Opening Remarks from Vinay Sharma, Global Director, Global Procurement Unit
8:10 - 8:25 – Keynote Speakers Address
8:25 - 8:40 – Technical Note by OCP
8:40 - 9:30 – Panelists Share their Experience (10 minutes each)
9:30 - 9:40 – Discussants (5 minutes each)
9:40 - 10:00 – Q+A