DATES: SEP 4 - 15, 2017    
TUITION: $3950    





This course is designed to introduce participants to the strategies, approaches and tools for developing effective country procurement systems. Recent reforms in the World Bank´s procurement policy, as well as other regional development banks show that the increasing reliance on of using a country's own institutions and systems, including in procurement, strengthens the country's sustainable capacity to define, execute and account for its policies to its citizens.

Course Outline

Overview of Public Procurement Reform and Country Procurement Systems 

  • Examination of trends in public procurement reform
  • Maximizing synergies of procurement reform and other initiatives
  • Implementing a reform strategy to address common weaknesses in public procurement systems
  • Assessing procurement system architecture and performance measurements
  • Mobilizing financial and other resources to strengthen procurement systems
  •  Case studies
  •  Negotiating and drafting exercise (participants will engage in mock negotiation exercises)

Legislative and Regulatory Framework 

  • Main components of legal and regulatory framework for a public procurement system
  • National and International models for developing procurement laws
  • Establishing mechanisms for independent review of bidder complaints
  • Important ancillary legislation and regulations: planning and budgeting; advance notice of opportunities; public access to information; contract administration; anti-corruption; e-procurement
  • Enforcement and sanctions
  • Trade and economic integration agreements in public procurement

Institutional, Operational and Organizational Resources 

  • Main institutional, operational and organziational issues for a public procurement systems
  • Designing the functions of a central policy office for a procurement system: comparative analysis of national models
  • Informational systems and management
  • Financial control and audit in public procurement systems
  • Collection and reporting of data on procurement activities

Professional Procurement Workforce 

  • Main features of a professional workforce for a public procurement system
  • Establishing qualification and certification requirements for a procurement workforce
  • Role and staffing of procurement units
  • Development of a code of ethics
  • Establishing performance incentives and performance reviews
  • Designing and institutionalizing public procurement curricula and training 

Introducing new Procurement Policies and Practices 

  • Features of a sustainable procurement program including "Green Procurement"
  • Strategy for implementing e-procurement
  • Innovative techniques of developing framework agreements
  • Mainstreaming public procurement systems

Course Advisor

Don Wallace is Chairman of the ILI and a law faculty member of the Georgetown University. As U.S. Chief Delegate to the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law ("UNCITRAL"), Professor Wallace was a key participant in drafting the UNCITRAL Model Law on Procurement of Goods, Construction, and Services, and is internationally known as a procurement law expert. He has advised foreign governments on public procurement and was involved in drafting the procurement rules of USAID.