The following are policies, procedures, and guidance governing procurement in Bank-financed projects, for use by Borrowers and their implementing agencies.
When the World Bank provides financing to its member countries for investment projects, each project is governed by a legal agreement between the World Bank and the Borrower government agency who receives the funds. One of the key obligations in the "loan agreement" is that governments abide by the Bank's procurement policies, as detailed in the Guidelines for Procurement and the Consultant Guidelines.
The Procurement Guidelines establish the arrangements to be made for procuring the goods and works (including related services) required for the project. The Consultant Guidelines define the procedures for selecting, contracting, and monitoring consultants required for projects. The Borrower is responsible for advertising business opportunities arising from Bank-financed projects.
Mandatory Note to Borrowers to mitigate forced labor risk in the procurement of solar panels/components
There is a significant risk of forced labor in the global supply chain for solar panels and solar components. To support forced labor risk mitigation, the Bank requires Borrowers to strengthen procurement documents that include solar panels/components for the “core functions of a project” as defined in the World Bank Environmental and Social Framework. These strengthened measures include: forced labor bidder declarations, qualification requirements, strengthened forced labor contractual provision, and mandatory prior review/No-objection by the Bank. The new requirements apply to both international and national competitive procurement and any direct selection/direct contracting within the scope of application. The requirements apply to new procurement (advertised, invited or awarded through direct contracting) on or after January 1st, 2022.
See details in: Mandatory note
Selection and Employment of Consultants by World Bank Borrowers July 2014, French, Spanish
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