Fighting corruption in the public sector

MENA-OECD Network on Public Procurement Workshop


13-15 May 2013



In the framework of the MENA-OECD Network on Public Procurement, a three-day procurement training workshop was organised by the OECD at the IMF Middle East Centre for Economics and Finance (CEF) in Kuwait.

The workshop helped build the capacity of procurement officials from 15 Arab countries on training and certification strategies for the procurement workforce, electronic procurement, procurement needs analysis, aggregation mechanisms and framework agreements for goods and services, market research and consultations with suppliers. Participants also gained insight into how to implement international good practices, in particular the OECD Recommendation on Enhancing Integrity in Public Procurement and its practical Checklist as well as the OECD/SIGMA Public Procurement Training Pack.


The workshop's interactive format allowed participants to share procurement practices, discuss the risks involved and examine tested solutions, as well as participate in a half-day electronic procurement practical exercise.


The workshop trainers are long-established international experts with a leading role in national or international procurement. They include, in addition to OECD staff, Daniel Gordon (former head of the Office of Federal Procurement Policy at the White House and current associate Dean for Government Procurement Law at George Washington University), Paulo Magina (Board member of the Portuguese central purchasing body ESPAP), Angela Russo and Isabella Rapisarda (senior representatives from the Italian central purchasing body CONSIP), and Kang-il Seo (Director of international co-operation of the Korean Public Procurement Service).


What's next?

Follow-up workshops will be organised on areas of interest identified by participants, such as:

  • Priorities and security aspects of building electronic procurement platforms;
  • Feasibility and budget screening for procurement projects;
  • Market research and supplier consultation for the development of technical specifications;
  • Use of exceptions in competitive tendering;
  • Procurement in the health sector;
  • Contract administration;
  • Management of sub-contractors;
  • Accountability, internal control and external audit of purchasing entities;
  • Involvement of civil society in procurement oversight;
  • Managing conflicts of interest in procurement award committees; and
  • One-stop shop review mechanisms.


Agenda and presentations

More information

For more information please contact Despina Pachnou (


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