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PRESS RELEASE

Electronic Procurement—A Big Step Towards Transparency & Efficiency

May 22, 2012



Eighth Regional Public Procurement Forum,
May 22 - 25, 2012

The main objective of the 8th Regional Public Procurement Forum is to share information among the participating countries and key active donors.  The event will facilitate exchange of knowledge and ideas on public procurement systems with a view to further improve procurement practices, transparency and integrity in public procurement.
 
The Minister for Innovation and for Information and Communication Technology Mr. Genc Pollo will open the Forum and present the Government’s efforts on e-procurement.
 
The Forum will discuss opportunities in the area of electronic procurement, dispute resolution mechanism, framework agreement, Italian and Portuguese e-procurement experience. The Forum will also take stock on the recent reform on public procurement in all the 14 participating countries.

The Forum is being attended by about 75 professionals and donor officials including about 24 high level government officials responsible for public procurement in 14 countries (Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, FYR of Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine and Uzbekistan); and representatives from the Asian Development Bank, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, Islamic Development Bank and the World Bank. In addition to presentations by participants and donors, speakers from public procurement regulatory bodies from Italy, Portugal, UNCITRAL, SIGMA and The George Washington University Law School, USA will also make presentations.
 
The Regional Public Procurement Forum is a yearly event where every year one country from the participating countries agrees to host it.  This year, the Forum is being hosted by the Government of Albania and cosponsored by the Asian Development Bank, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, Islamic Development Bank, and the World Bank.
 
At the end of the Forum, the participating countries will discuss an action plan for the next year and also agree on the host for the next forum.


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