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  • Forum on " Public Procurement for Resilience and Sustainable Growth"

    26 June 2018

     

    Under the patronage and in the presence of H.E. the Minister of Finance, Mr. Ali Hassan Khalil, the Institut des Finances Basil Fuleihan organized the Forum on " Public Procurement for Resilience and Sustainable Growth" on the June 26-27, 2018 in Beirut.

    The Forum was an opportunity that paved the way for a national dialogue on current challenges, policy options and instruments that would raise public procurement in Lebanon to a more strategic level and allow it to be a powerful lever for competitiveness, private sector development, transparency, trust and confidence-building as well as the improvement of public financial management, infrastructure governance and oversight. 311 participants were present; 169 from the public sector in Lebanon and 16 from foreign countries, 55 from the private sector, 9 from the civil society, 30 academics and 32 representatives of regional and international organizations.

     
    The opening session started with a welcome speech by Ms. Lamia Al-Moubayed Bissat, President of the Institute, followed by keynote speeches of H.E. the Minister of Finance, Mr. Ali Hassan Khalil, H.E. Dr. Mohamad Ali Al-Hakim, Executive Secretary of the UN-ESCWA, Mr. Saroj Kumar Jha, Regional Director for the Middle East at the World Bank represented by Mr. Sepehr Fotovat, Mr. Philippe Lazzarini, UN Resident Coordinator in Lebanon, Ms. Gretchen Biery, Head of Lebanon Resident Office of the EBRD, and Ms. Julia Kosh de Biolley, Deputy Head of Delegation of the European Union.

     
    The conference featured three plenary sessions: the first addressed the role of public procurement as a strategic tool to promote resilience and sustainable growth in Lebanon. The second plenary tackled the different means available to the Government to enhance of SMEs the access to procurement markets and spur job creation. In the third plenary, speakers discussed how public procurement could be used as effective tool to enhance the quality of public infrastructure. In addition, parallel sessions took place on various topics and reform areas: E-services for competition, transparency and savings, capacity for public procurement, using procurement data for combatting fraud and corruption, and public procurement for sustainability and the achievement of SDG 12.

    45 national and international renown speakers shared their countries’ successful experiences and good practices worldwide, and suggested various solutions to advance public procurement modernization in Lebanon.

     
    The conference was concluded with a note by Ms. Lamia El-Moubayed Bissat, who thanked the participants, experts and partners. The main conference’s recommendations proposed by partners and highlighted in respective sessions, stressed the need for political will and vision for reform and modernization, the importance to abiding by the laws and accepting to be held accountable, the planning capacity and practices, the recognition of procurement as a stand-along profession in the Lebanese civil service, making use of technology to enhance transparency and the fight against corruption, the promotion of evidence-based policies and making use of good practices across the globe.

     
    ·       Program ENG- AR

    ·       Press release

    ·       Welcome note – Lamia Moubayed Bissat

    ·       Slides – Plenary session I: Why Public Procurement is key for Lebanon’s resilience and sustainable growth

    ·       Slides – Plenary session II: Competitiveness, Innovation and Job Creation

    ·       Slides – Plenary session III: Public Procurement for better infrastructure

    ·       Slides – Parallel session I:E-services for competition, transparency and savings

    ·       Slides – Parallel session II: Using procurement data for combatting fraud and corruption

    ·       Slides – Ukraine’s experience with Prozorro by Victor Nestulia

    ·       Slides – Parallel session III: Capacity for Public procurement

    ·       Slides – Parallel session IV: Public Procurement for sustainability

     

    To read more on public procurement in Lebanon and good practices around the globe, please visit the community of learning: http://www.institutdesfinances.gov.lb/english/COL.aspx?pageid=1918