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  • Global Challenges

    Workshop: Enhancing Procurement Integrity through Collective Action

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    The workshop focuses on the importance of procurement integrity in light of estimates that the global procurement market is $14 trillion and the cost of corruption can add from 5-20 percent – and sometimes even more – to the cost. The potential monetary loss is staggering as is the impact on the lives of citizens depend on public services and who pay for them.

    Addressing corruption in procurement requires governments to operate according to a rules-based, transparent and predictable regime, companies that refuse to pay bribes to win contracts and citizens who are aware and engaged.

    Governments around the world have undertaken commitments to increase transparency in procurement – including commitments under the UN Convention against Corruption, UNCITRAL Model Law on Procurement, the WTO Agreement on Government Procurement and the consensus-based APEC Transparency Standards on Government Procurement. However, there is little evidence of whether or how effectively governments are implementing their commitments and, equally important, whether the private sector is playing its part in improving the integrity of public procurement through adherence to anti-bribery standards and practices in public contracting.

    Transparency International-USA (TI-USA), with support from the Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE), has undertaken a project in cooperation with other TI National Chapters to assess how well political commitments are being implemented in practice and to develop recommendations for governments and the private sector to enhance integrity in procurement. This workshop will provide an opportunity for TI National Chapters to present their findings on APEC member economies’ progress implementing the APEC Transparency Standards on Government Procurement (APEC Standards) based on an assessment of legal and regulatory reforms to date and on consultation with the private sector in each country. The consultations provided a business perspective on what needs to be done by government and the private sector to improve procurement integrity. The workshop discussions will contribute to the accumulated findings and recommendations which will then be used for advocacy of further reform within the countries.

    Workshop Coordinator: Aleksandr Shkolnikov, CIPE
    Workshop Moderator: Nancy Boswell, TI USA
    Workshop Rapporteur: Shruti Shah, TI USA

    Panellists:

    Aleksandr Shkolnikov, CIPE – the importance of procurement transparency to the private sector. He will describe CIPE efforts to strengthen private sector adherence to anti-bribery policies and programs, address procurement transparency, and promote collective action as a means of addressing corruption

    Eduardo Bohórquez, TI Mexico – the procurement climate in Mexico as well as findings from the project, sharing lessons learned and ideas on how government, businesses and civil society can cooperate to ensure a fair, predictable and rules-based operating environment in Mexico and more broadly. He will also discuss the short- and long-term goals for action in Mexico that were identified through the project

    Matthieu Salomon, Towards Transparency – the procurement climate in Vietnam as well as findings from the project, sharing lessons learned and ideas on how government, businesses and civil society can cooperate to ensure a fair, predictable and rules-based operating environment in Vietnam and more broadly. He will also discuss the short- and long-term goals for action in Vietnam that were identified through the project.

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