Live event: Enhancing Public Procurement Frameworks to Better Respond to Emergencies: Lessons from COVID-19


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Natural disasters, health crises such as Ebola, and pandemics such as COVID-19 can happen anywhere at any time. Emergencies like the 2020 coronavirus pandemic can have a devastating impact on millions of people's lives and livelihoods, particularly the most vulnerable, and on the global economy. Authorities must make appropriate use of available public resources to mitigate, contain, and quickly recover from such emergencies' adverse effects.

So, how can different countries set up procurement arrangements to respond to COVID-19? 

The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed the vulnerabilities of supply chains, with the rapid spread of the disease and a massive demand for essential supplies for prevention, treatment, and emergency response. The increased demand for these items and restrictions on normal operations present the Governments with severe challenges and numerous predatory practices. Emergencies provide opportunities for fraud and corruption by manipulating procurement processes, specifications, estimated quantities, price gouging, and unscrupulous suppliers.

How can we improve legal frameworks to respond to emergencies and what are the lessons learned so far that can help us moving forward? 

Procuring under extreme urgency is not a new concept for public authorities. In most countries, the legal framework provides for procurement procedures during emergencies. However, very few countries have sound operating procedures/guidelines to cope up with the situation. During the COVID-19 pandemic, there is public outcry in many countries. People are losing trust in governments to handle emergency procurement.

Join top experts in this live event, where we will share experiences of procurement agencies' interventions.  Watch live here on Thursday, November 19, at 8:00, am ET. Please leave your questions and comments below. The event will be streamed in English, French, Spanish, and Arabic.

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Hamzah Kassim
November 16, 2020

How to register for the event .As member of the anti corruption agency we like to hear managing emergency procurement in a more transparency manner

November 16, 2020

Dear Hamzah Kassim,

This coming Thursday, you would be able to see the live broadcast on this blog page. If you have further questions or comments, please post them again in this section!
I hope we can talk next Thursday, November 19, at 8:00, am ET.

Mihai Maciuca
November 16, 2020

Hello. I would like to receive the link to the event. Thank uou

November 16, 2020

Dear Mihai Maciuca, Thank you for your interest. The same response that I left above. You can watch the event next Thursday, November 19, at 8:00, am ET, on this page. So if you have questions and comments, please use this section to post them.

Sahr Foday
November 18, 2020

The public sector which is predominantly rule based in terms of procurement policies, has impacted negatively to emergency responses.

The elastic nature of seeking approvals from various levels of authorities ,has its disadvantages.
The importance of enhancing procurement frameworks to better emergency response cannot be overemphasized.

Mel Flanagan
November 19, 2020

Sounds like a great event. Will you be recording it? I am based in Sydney Australia - where it will be midnight at 8am your time so won't be able to make it for the live event.

November 19, 2020

Dear Mel. Yes the event will be recorded and we will share the recording after the event. Thank you for your interest.

Mrs. Khin Nandar Lwin
November 19, 2020

Assistant Director at Treasury Department, Ministry of Planning , Finance and Industry.

Manoj Kumar
November 19, 2020

Sir, I want to join

November 19, 2020

Dear Manoj, you can stream live here and you can ask questions and provide comments here as well.

Justin Bimanywa
November 19, 2020

Insightful discussion

November 19, 2020

Would you discuss about the procurement of medical supplies/ equipments that was made by World bank during the Covid ?

Quamrul Hasan
November 19, 2020

I have a question:
In the case of crisis, the other side of the coin means opportunities. I note that countries allowed variant levels of flexibilities and renewed practices, some of which worked very well in conducting emergency procurements. I would like to ask the country representatives as to which of the procurement practices allowed for the emergency period will be adopted by the country as part of regular procurement practices.
Thanks, Quamrul

Bhaskar Narang
November 19, 2020

We have seen open data leads to enhancement of complaints against each other by competing bidders. How to address this issue.