The first High Level Seminar on E-Procurement took place on 30-31 January 2006 in Naples, Italy. The seminar was one of the key outcomes identified at the First Regional Meeting of the GfD Working Group II on E-Government and Administrative Simplification in September 2005 in Dubai.
The High-Level Seminar was chaired by the co-chair of Working Group II, Mr. Vincenzo Schioppa, from the Ministry for Foreign Affairs, Italy, as well as by representatives of the Government of Jordan, Italy, United Arab Emirates, and United States. It was opened and closed by Mr. Federico Basilica, Head of the Department for Public Administration, Italy, by Mrs. Rehab Lootah, Head of Dubai e-Government, and by Rolf Alter and Christian Vergez from the OECD Secretariat.
18 high-level experts from Algeria, Bahrain, UAE, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Tunisia and Oman attended the meeting. Furthermore, experts from OECD countries as well as from the UNDP, World Bank, and the Development Gateway Foundation were present.
The Arab participants presented their approaches and challenges to developing effective e-procurement systems and actively engaged in open and constructive discussions. Moreover, 5 Arab countries (Algeria, Egypt, Lebanon, Morocco, United Arab Emirates) provided extensive information of country experiences in e-procurement, addressing all enabling factors, including institutional, organisational, and regulatory aspects. The framework provided by the seminar has created a strong foundation for further work and discussion on other e-government and administrative simplification issues.
Key Outcomes of the meeting include:
The event has brought together e-government and administrative simplification experts from Arab and OECD countries to share strategic advice and practical view on: