procurement

Theme: The Future of Public Procurement Operations & Management
Date: October 17th – 21st, 2022
Venue: Istanbul, Turkey

Rationale

The World Bank report puts the annual global public procurement expenditure at US$9.5 – 13 trillion, making it one of the largest areas of governments’ spending globally. In Africa and many other developing countries, public procurement spending represents approximately 15-22 per cent of the Gross Domestic Products (GDP). It is therefore instructive to note that a sound public procurement and efficient use of public resources in Africa would contribute to better delivery of services, ranging from roads and other public infrastructures to purchasing pharmaceuticals and other social services.

Globally, public procurement is now recognized as a strategic tool crucial for achieving the developmental, social, and environmental objectives of governments. In the same vein, a well-performing procurement system, built on sound ethical principles, would serve as a significant policy instrument for African governments to propel changes in public service delivery, especially in stimulating private sector growth and competitiveness, building viable partnerships and collaborations between private and public sector actors and resources.

However, public procurement is today more complicated than ever before as governments lose a quarter of the public procurement spending due to inefficiencies, according to available data. The need and pressure to build a sound and well-performing public procurement system in Africa would therefore increase in the coming years as governments grapple with unprecedented levels of debt, the decline in tax collection, increased income inequalities and trends which have affected government procurement for its significant share in public spending.

The Forum on Public Sector Procurement Management & Auditing, Istanbul – Turkey would therefore bring together professionals and practitioners in the procurement arena to discuss the commonly occurring trouble areas throughout the procurement cycle, as well as provide a comprehensive briefing and explore the global purchasing strategies, trends and best practises in procurement operations, and the regulatory framework surrounding public sector procurement in Africa. The programme would provide both an invaluable refresher and useful practical coursework for practitioners and non-professionals on applying the principles of effective procurement in the public sector, and applying a range of tools and practical applications which are essential for an effective Procurement department.

Why Attend?

This course covers theoretical aspects, modern methods, and industry practices in public procurement and thus is ideal for beginners and experienced procurement practitioners. This course is underpinned by essential procurement principles and models that would equip professionals and their organisations for current and future challenges. With ample case studies and open key discussions on current topics, relevant to public procurement procedures, this course offers a guided learning experience and enables participants to gain deep practical insights and update their knowledge on significant policy development in public procurement. The content of this course has been cross mapped with CIPS/ISM/IACCM/APM competency frameworks and other relevant international standards and benchmarks.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course, participants will have a refresher on and be able to:
● Understand the evolution in Procurement & Gain knowledge of global Procurement directives and how they work.
● Understand the importance of involving all stakeholders to ensure accurate specification development.
● Evaluate bids and tenders through “the Due Process”.
● Understand the types and methods of Procurement e.g. how Framework agreements and mini competitions work; Why a Tender exercise takes so long etc and how they can assist in selecting the optimum Procurement method for various situations.
● Broaden perception of the “value for money” concept.
● Develop a database on suppliers & understand how the right supplier is selected and their role and input to ensure this takes place.
● Negotiate and manage purchasing and supply contracts; and appreciate the need for effective Contract Management.
● Discuss the inputs, outputs and processes of the system.
● Develop meaningful performance measurements.

Training Methodology

With a high-level faculty of speakers and participants- professionals and practitioners drawn from government institutions, African and international organisations, Non-Governmental Organisations, universities and research institutes, this forum will be structured as a highly participative workshop with formal presentations, case studies, and interactive worked-examples. Relevant examples and case studies are provided to illustrate the application of each of the topics covered and opportunities are provided to learn and apply the key procurement principles using practical examples and exercises.

Who Should Attend?

The forum is relevant to professionals and practitioners from government ministries, departments and agencies, and local government councils, including:
● Heads & Chief Executives of Government Ministries, Departments, Agencies, and Local Government Councils;
● Heads of Procurement Departments across Government Ministries, Departments, Agencies, and Local Government Councils
● Public Sector Purchasing and Procurement Managers.
● Internal Auditors & Accountants;
● Project Engineers, Managers & Officers;
● Operation Executives/Officers;
● Quality Control Officers and Storekeepers, etc.