Strengthening Integrity in the Private Sector in Iraq: Public Procurement

 

Manama, 18 March 2010

A workshop on Strengthening Integrity in the Private Sector in Iraq: Public Procurement was organised in Manama, Bahrain, on 18 March 2010 by the MENA-OECD Investment Programme in co-operation with the MENA Investment Center of the Bahrain Economic Development Board. This Iraq specific one-day workshop took place back-to-back with a regional workshop on Strengthening Integrity in the Private Sector in Arab Countries that was jointly organised on 16-17 March 2010 by the MENA-OECD Investment Programme, UNDP POGAR and the MENA Center of the Bahrain Economic Development Board.

The workshop brought together high-level Iraqi government officials, private sector representatives and international experts on public procurement. The objective was to support Iraq in its efforts to further improve integrity in the private sector based on related international standards, and advance its national development agenda, with a focus on public procurement. Participants discussed current policies and practices in the light of regional and global instruments that impact integrity standards in the private sector, and analysed tools to enhance integrity in public procurement such as risk assessment of corruption challenges and the development of detection indicators or “red flags”. They identified the following issues that should be addressed in the near future:

  • Multitude of legislation and complementary rules and regulations 
  • Conflict of interest in the civil service
  • Formulation of tender specifications
  • Collusion and breach of confidentiality
  • Process of remuneration of contractors and payment of contracts
  • Limited domestic resources:
    • Need to develop the private sector
    • Need to train officials involved in public procurement

 

Meeting documentation


Agenda

Meeting presentations

 

The Role of Government in Regulating Public Procurement

Mrs. Nicola Ehlermann-Cache, MENA-OECD Investment Programme

 

Background Material

 

Corruption in Iraq

Basim Jamil Anton (Arabic)