|Launch of the Law in transition Online|
Launch of the Law in transition Online
Public procurement reform dominates this year’s edition of Law in transition Online, which is being launched in Vienna on Wednesday 23 October, at an event organised within the World Trade Organisation’s REGIONAL WORKSHOP ON GOVERNMENT PROCUREMENT FOR CENTRAL AND EASTERN EUROPE, CENTRAL ASIAN AND THE CAUCASUS COUNTRIES.
The latest EBRD research presented in the LiT Online looks at how governments from Ukraine to Morocco are working towards improving their public procurement policies to achieve the best value for money while also meeting their considerable infrastructure needs.
The new procurement best practices are becoming increasingly globalised. There is a growing degree of international convergence on the best way to do public procurement and this year’s Law in transition Online examines new reform concepts, such as eProcurement tools and how the EBRD has been helping its countries of operations become a part of this global dialogue.
“In the aftermath of the financial crisis, governments have an extra incentive to find goods and services that present best value for money,” explains Eliza Niewiadomska, Principal Counsel in the Legal Transition Team and the focus editor for this issue of the Bank’s legal journal. “This can be achieved by ensuring an efficient and transparent procurement process as stipulated by international instruments such as the WTO’s Government Procurement Agreement (GPA).”
Like the UNCITRAL Model Law on Public Procurement – another important instrument with which the GPA is extensively harmonised – the GPA has recently been re-negotiated and is consequently among the most up-to-date policy instruments available.
As well as considering the benefits of these new international standards, this edition of Law in Transition Online looks at how to measure public procurement reform; assesses the latest reform developments in Georgia and Croatia; and considers the state of public procurement in the Southern and Eastern Mediterranean Countries in which the Bank operates or is seeking to operate – Jordan, Egypt, Morocco and Tunisia.
“This issue of Law in transition Online testifies to the scope and usefulness of the work done by the EBRD in TURNING BEST PRACTICE INTO POLICY and to the challenges involved,” says Gerard Sanders, Deputy General Counsel, who opened the workshop in Vienna. “The increasing convergence of international instruments concerning government procurement, and the scope of cooperation in this area, are good news for all who support development of modern procurement policies, with the economic and development benefits that they bring.”
Timothy Lemay and Caroline Nicholas of UNCITRAL joined the workshop, which provided an opportunity to discuss links between UNCITRAL Model Law and the 2012 GPA and explore in more detail how governments interested in accessing the GPA may benefit from utilising the UNCITRAL Model Law in developing their national laws and thus speed up their GPA negotiation process.
To access the Law in Transition online in PDF version, follow the link http://www.ebrd.com/downloads/research/law/lit113.pdf