Georgia, Tbilisi
19/09/2017

WTO/EBRD Regional Workshop on Government Procurement for Central and Eastern Europe, Central Asia and the Caucasus (CEECAC) Countries

Partners

About the event

Location

Tbilisi, Georgia

Date & Time

10AM - 5PM, 19- 22 Sep

Participants

18 Countries

Speakers

18 Procurement Professionals

Course description

This Workshop will address policy-related issues on government procurement both generally and as they relate to trade. An important focus will be on accession to and implementation of the Agreement on Government Procurement (GPA) and related policy issues, recognising that several countries in the region are either negotiating , or have undertaken commitments to seek , accession to the Agreement, in addition to others that have already joined the GPA, including in recent years. Its purpose is to: (i) inform participants of WTO activities in the area of government procurement; (ii) provide a forum for both trade and procurement experts to exchange views and perspectives on national, bilateral, regional and multilateral trade-related activities and initiatives in the area; (iii) facilitate related policy discussions; and (iv) build capacity in relation to accessions to and implementation of the GPA. A particular focus will be on the revised GPA which entered into force in 2014.

Theme: Government procurement and international trade disciplines: impact on inclusive economic growth, regional developments, and policy considerations for transition and emerging economies.

Organizing institution/body: WTO, in co-operation with EBRD.



The programme will be in English. Participants are accordingly required to be fluent in English. It is envisaged, however, that interpretation into Russian will be provided courtesy of EBRD.

Participants will consider the multiple dimensions of government procurement policy in a modern economy, and the issues and challenges associated with effective policy design and implementation in this area. Due attention will be given to the interaction between three key policy objectives: value for money, trade performance and governance, and the role that the GPA can play in achieving balanced and optimal outcomes in these policy areas. The underlying role of effective competition policy to foster competition and safeguard the gains of market opening will also be explored.

A further focus will be on the role of the GPA as an emerging pillar of 21st century trade, and its place among other international instruments forming an emerging body of international best practices in government procurement. The link between WTO accession and GPA accession will be explored, and relevant activities, initiatives and experience from the region and beyond will be covered. The experiences and lessons from the strong, ongoing informal cooperation between the WTO Secretariat and EBRD, building on the synergies in their respective areas of work in relation to domestic reforms in the region and GPA accession will be discussed in this respect.

The Workshop will also update participants on relevant developments including in relation to monitoring, eGovernment Procurement, the role and relevance of open contracting standards, GPA accession economic impact assessments, and OECD work relating to non-tariff measures in the area of government procurement.



Objectives

The objectives of this programme are: (i) to familiarize participants with WTO activities related to government procurement, notably as they relate to trade, governance and economic performance; (ii) to elaborate on the benefits and challenges associated with accession to and implementation of the Agreement and the procedures and modalities to be followed, in addition to related policy issues; and (iii) to discuss international and regional standards, developments and trends in the area of government procurement.



Nomination of participants

A maximum of 38 officials will be funded to participate in this activity. Participation in the programme will be subject to selection. Each of the funded participating countries will be encouraged to nominate up to four officials. These should be from its Trade or Commerce Ministry, and its national Procurement Authority, Ministry of Finance or other Ministry or Agency with policy responsibility in this area. Each country will be offered up to two places, subject to the maximum overall of 38 available places.

This is a workshop for policy actors and practitioners. Preference will be given to nominees having policy responsibility and/or a demonstrated background in trade and/or government procurement policy matters. To facilitate selection, nominees will be required to include a short résumé with their registration forms. Only nominations received from national authorities will be considered.

In all cases the offer of a place will be subject to participants fulfilling the criteria set out above. The Secretariat reserves the right to decline the candidature of nominees who do not meet these requirements.

Selected participants will be encouraged to prepare a short summary of a relevant aspect of their national trade or government procurement regime as a contribution to the workshop.



Participating

Officials from the following countries in Central and Eastern Europe, Central Asia and the Caucasus (CEECAC countries), are participating in this Workshop: Afghanistan, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Georgia (Host), Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Republic of Moldova, Montenegro, Tajikistan, The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Turkey and Ukraine.



Participants

Participants are senior government officials having policy responsibility and/or a demonstrated background in trade and/or government procurement policy matters. They are drawn from the Trade or Commerce Ministries, Procurement Authorities, Ministries of Finance and other Ministries or Agencies with policy responsibility in these matters in their respective countries.

Programme

The issues to be covered in the programme include:

  • Significance of government procurement for economic performance, trade and growth
  • GPA core disciplines and institutional provisions, and relevance of the revised agreement for procurement reform, regional trade, sustainability and inclusive growth
  • Measures to curb corruption and collusive tendering, promote competition and enhance good governance
  • e-Procurement and open data contracting standards and their relevance for transparency, integrity, efficiency and good governance; GPA provisions on electronic tools
  • Accession to the GPA: potential benefits and costs, insights from recent successful accessions, and the WTO e-GPA portal as a market access information resource
  • Update on EBRD work relating to GPA accession economic impact assessments, and work on measures affecting trade in government procurement markets (OECD Taxonomy)]

The programme is available from here.

Venue:

The Tbilisi Marriott Hotel, Tbilisi is the place for accommodation and venue for WTO/EBRD Regional Workshop on Government Procurement for Central and Eastern Europe, Central Asia and the Caucasus (CEECAC) Countries. Hotel bookings for all confirmed country delegates are arranged. The special negotiated single room rate includes breakfast, internet connection and will be paid by the sponsors for the country delegates (maximum two participants from each country) from the 18 participating countries. Check-in time is 15:00 p.m./check-out – 12:00. All extras (phone, mini-bar etc.) should be paid by the participants during the check-out.

Hotel address:
Tbilisi Marriott Hotel
Rustaveli Avenue 13 Tbilisi 0108 Georgia
T: +995-32-277 92 00
Website: http://www.marriott.com

Lunch, coffee breaks and Dinners:

All lunches, coffee breaks, two formal dinners and a social event will be arranged. One dinner and the social event will be hosted and organized by the State Procurement Agency of Georgia. The lunches and coffee breaks as well as one dinner will be paid by the sponsors for all participants.

Currency:

The local currency is Georgian Lari (GEL). You could exchange money at the airport, in the hotels, at the banks or exchange offices in the streets. The exchange rate is approximately:

1 EUR = 3.1766 GEL
1 USD = 2.7060 GEL

Taxi Service:

You can take Taxi to reach the hotel. Toyota-Taxi service Trip from the airport to the hotel will cost you 35 ₾ in cash or 40 ₾ if you pay with card VISA/MASTERCARD

Weather:

Weather Forecast

Translation Services:

English-Russian translation will be provided for the whole period of the Event.

Schedule

18:00

Preparatory meeting for the Speakers

19:00

Please join us for dinner, if convenient

08:45

REGISTRATION

09:00

SESSION 1:

Opening

Time Subject Speaker
09:00 – 09:15 1.1 Opening remarks Mr Robert Anderson
WTO Secretariat
Nikoloz Gagua
Deputy Minister of Finance
Mr Levan Razmadze
Chairman of SPA, Georgia
Ms Eliza Niewiadomska
Legal Transition Programme, EBRD
09:15 – 09:30 Participant introductions
09:30

SESSION 2:

Significance of government procurement for economic performance and trade

Time Subject Speaker
09:30 – 10:00 2.1 Significance of the WTO Agreement on Government Procurement in today's economic environment: economic performance, good governance, institutional stability and development Mr Robert Anderson
WTO Secretariat
10:00 – 10:15 2.2 General discussion
10:15

Coffee break

10:30

SESSION 3:

The revised GPA: the text, potential market access benefits and its relevance for procurement reform

Time Subject Speaker
10:30 - 11:00 3.1 Introduction to the revised GPA: binding minimum standards and potential market access benefits Ms Anna Caroline Müller
WTO Secretariat
11:00 – 11:30 3.2 SIGMA's Principles of Public Administration as a framework for reform and alignment with GPA requirements Mr Daniel Ivarsson
SIGMA
11:30 – 12:00 3.3 The Work of the EBRD in the region: new developments and projects Ms Eliza Niewiadomska
EBRD
12:00 – 12:30 3.4 General discussion
12:30

Lunch break

14:00

SESSION 4:

Preventing corruption and maximizing competition in government procurement markets

Time Subject Speaker
14:00 – 14:40 4.1 Preventing corruption in public procurement markets: overview and international evidence Professor Alina Mungiu-Pippidi
Hertie School of Governance
Germany
14:40 – 15:10 4.2 Measures to prevent collusive tendering: competition policy as a necessary complement to procurement policies Mr Robert Anderson
WTO Secretariat
15:10 - 15:40 4.3 Market liberalization and trade: their link to good governance Professor Alina Mungiu-Pippidi
Hertie School of Governance
Germany
15:40 - 16:00 4.4 Anti-corruption interventions in Public Procurement

Social Programme – All PARTICIPANTS INVITED

16:00

Guided Tbilisi City Tour
Please kindly wear comfortable shoes

18:00

Trip to Mtskheta – Ancient capital of Georgia

18:30

Guided Tour in Mtskheta city center

18:45

Visit to Svetitskhoveli Cathedral

19:30

Dinner in Restaurant KTW

Dress code: Smart casual (no need for a tie but please no shorts or sportswear)

09:00

SESSION 5:

Access to procurement: digital government and e-procurement

Time Subject Speaker
09:00 - 09:20 5.1 Electronic data availability and eCitizenship as good governance tools Professor Alina Mungiu-Pippidi
Hertie School of Governance
Germany
09:20 – 09:30 5.2 E-procurement under the revised GPA Ms Anna Caroline Müller
WTO Secretariat
09:30 – 09:40 5.3 Better e-Procurement Governance through Data Mr Jachym Hercher,
DG GROW
09:40

SESSION 6:

Challenges of Open Government

Time Subject Speaker
09:40 – 10:20 6.1 Challenges of Open Government Panel:
  • Mr Mihaly Fazekas, DIGIWHIST
  • Mr Tomas Prosepny, DIGIWHIST
  • Mr Krzysztof Izdebski, ePanstwo Foundation
  • Professor Alina Mungiu-Pippidi, Hertie School of Governance, Germany
  • Mr Jachym Hercher, DG GROW
10:20 – 10:35 6.2 General discussion
10:35

Coffee break

10:50

SESSION 7:

Solutions: Open Data, OCDS, and Public Monitoring

Time Subject Speaker
10:50 – 11:05 7.1 Open Data and Public Procurement Markets Mr Mihaly Fazekas,
Mr Tomas Prosepny,
DIGIWHIST
11:05 – 11:20 7.2 Open Contracting Data Standard Mr James McKinney,
Open Contracting Partnership
11:20 – 11:35 7.3 Country example: Piloting OCDS in Georgia Mr. Kakha Demetrashvili,
Deputy Chairman,
Mr David Jaiani, Head of IT Department,
State Procurement Agency, Georgia
11:35 – 11:50 7.3 Country example: Benefits of OCDS in fully digital public procurement cycle in Moldova Mr Stefan Condrea,
Fintechinform,
Ministry of Finance of Moldova
11:50 – 12:15 7.4 Public monitoring: civil society and tools to monitor public procurement Mr Dmytro Palamarchuk,
Transparency International Ukraine
Mr Krzysztof Izdebski,
ePanstwo Foundation
12:15 – 12:30 7.5 General discussion
12:30

Lunch break

14:00

SESSION 8:

GPA Institutional provisions

Time Subject Speaker
14:00 – 14:30 8.1 GPA domestic review procedures: purpose, institutional design and relevant provisions Ms Anna Caroline Müller
WTO Secretariat
14:30 - 15:00 8.2 Country example: Reforming domestic review systems, the case of the Republic of Moldova Mr Iuri Cicibaba
Deputy Minister, Ministry of Finance of Moldova
15:00 - 15:30 8.3 WTO dispute settlement procedures under the GPA Mr Robert Anderson
WTO Secretariat
15:30 – 16:00 8.4 General discussion

Social Programme – All PARTICIPANTS INVITED

16:20

Visit to Public Service Hall, Ministry of Justice of Georgia

17:00

E-GOVERNMENT SERVICES IN GEORGIA – Ministry of Justice:

  1. Data Exchange Agency;
  2. National Agency of Public Registry;
  3. Public Services Development Agency
18:30

Trip to the restaurant Funicular

19:00

Sightseeing/Photo session

19:30

Dinner in Restaurant “Funicular”

Dress code: Smart casual (no need for a tie but please no shorts or sportswear)

09:00

SESSION 9:

Accession to the GPA: potential benefits and costs and policy considerations for transition and emerging economies

Time Subject Speaker
09:00 - 09:30 9.1 Accession to the GPA: present situation, potential benefits and costs and policy considerations for transition economies Mr Robert Anderson
WTO Secretariat
09:30 – 10:00 9.2 Accession to the GPA: process and strategic considerations and flexibilities under the revised GPA Ms Anna Caroline Müller
WTO Secretariat
10:00 – 10:25 9.3 General discussion
10:25

Coffee break

10:45

SESSION 10:

Significance of government procurement and the GPA for trade and growth in the prevailing economic environment

Time Subject Speaker
10:45 – 11:15 10.1 The e-GPA: how to use it to analyse potential market access benefits for acceding countries Ms Anna Caroline Müller
WTO Secretariat
11:15 – 11:45 10.2 Measuring good governance performance before and after GPA accession: some insights and suggestions Professor Alina Mungiu-Pippidi
Hertie School of Governance
Germany
11:45 – 12:15 10.3 Market access, trade barriers and the impact of GPA accession on the local market: the OECD Taxonomy of Measures Affecting Trade in Government Procurement Processes, the EBRD new methodology for GPA impact analysis and pilot project in Georgia Ms Alexa Tiemann, EBRD
Ms Dorina Harcenco, EBRD GPA TC Facility
12:15 – 12:30 10.4 General discussion
12:30

Lunch break

14:00

SESSION 11:

WTO accession and GPA accession de-mystified

Time Subject Speaker
14:00 – 14:30 11.1 GPA accession step by step: practical considerations Mrs Dorina Harcenco
Ms Astghik Solomonyan
EBRD GPA TC Facility
14:30 – 15:00 11.2 Access to procurement markets of the WTO GPA Parties: making it happen in practice Yarema Dul,
MEDT,
Ukraine
15:00 – 15:30 11.3 WTO accession and the GPA: links and recent experience Mr Robert Anderson
WTO Secretariat
15:30 – 16:00 11.4 General discussion

Social Programme – All PARTICIPANTS INVITED

17:20

E-GOVERNMENT SERVICES IN GEORGIA - Ministry of Finance:

  1. Financial-Analytical Service - IT Agency;
  2. Revenue Service;
  3. Service Agency - e-Auction
18:45

PUBLIC PROCUREMENT OF GEORGIA Presentations of SPA Georgia

19:15

Networking Reception

20:00

Guided tour to Tbilisi touristic centre - Meidani Square

08:30

SESSION 12:

Multilateralism and regionalism in the government procurement sector

Time Subject Speaker
08:30 – 09:00 12.1 Government procurement in regional trade agreements and implications for the GPA Ms Anna Caroline Müller
WTO Secretariat
09:00 – 09:30 12.2 Ensuring compliance with the GPA and relevant regional agreements: the case of the Eurasian Economic Union Treaty Mr Eriks Mezalis,
EBRD GPA TC Facility
09:30 – 09:45 12.3 General discussion
09:45

Coffee break

10:00

SESSION 13:

Opening procurement markets, promoting inclusive growth and the GPA

Time Subject Speaker
10:00 – 10:30 13.1 Integrating SMEs in government procurement: Results of an EBRD study Ms Eliza Niewiadomska
EBRD
10:30 – 10:45 13.2 Integrating SMEs and sustainability in government procurement: the GPA Committee's work programmes and role of the GPA Ms Anna Caroline Müller,
WTO
10:45 – 11:00 13.3 General discussion
11:00

SESSION 14:

Concluding session

Time Subject Speaker
11:00 – 11:20 14.1 Seminar wrap-up and plenary discussion Participants
11:20 – 11:30 14.2 Concluding remarks Mr Bruno Balvanera,
Regional Director, EBRD

Mr Robert Anderson
WTO Secretariat
11:30

Lunch Break – Marriott Hotel Café

Social Programme – All PARTICIPANTS INVITED

12:00

Trip to the Sighnaghi - mountain town-museum

14:00

Guided tour + City Museum

15:30

Trip to the Gremi fortress

16:45

Gremi Sightseeing / Photo session

17:15

Trip to Chelty Winery

17:30

Making wine according to the ancient Georgian traditions by the participants

17:30

Dinner at the Winery

Dress code: Smart casual
(no need for a tie but please no shorts or sportswear)

List of Participants

Speakers

Iuri Cicibaba

Deputy Minister, Ministry of Finance of Moldova

David Jaiani

Director of IT Department, State Procurement Agency.

Robert Anderson

WTO Secretariat

Kaxa Demetrashvili

Deputy Chairman, State Procurement Agency of Georgia

Bruno Balvanera

Regional Director, EBRD

Pr. Alina Mungiu-Pippidi

Hertie School of Governance, Germany

Anna Caroline Müller

WTO Secretariat

Eliza Niewiadomska

EBRD

Venue

Event will be held in Tbilisi Marriott Hotel


Rustaveli Avenue 13 Tbilisi 0108
Georgia
Tel: +995-32-277 92 00
Fax: +995-32-277 92 00

Web: http://www.marriott.com

WELCOME TO GEORGIA

GET IN TOUCH