September 6 marked the launch of a series of awareness sessions on the new Public Procurement law in Lebanon no. 244/2021 dated July 19, 2021, addressed to the business community and civil society organizations, and jointly organized by the Institut des Finances Basil Fuleihan and Westminster Foundation for Democracy (WFD).

The first session focused on “Enhancing Transparency and Accountability in Public Procurement” and was delivered by Ms. Rana Rizkallah Fares, Procurement Expert at the Institute.
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Lively discussions and exchange were held with 16 representatives from the Order of Engineers in Beirut and Tripoli, the Syndicate of Contractors, the Bar Association in Beirut, the Rassemblement des Dirigeants des Chefs d’Entreprises Libanais (RDCL), Lebanese Association of Certified Public Accountants (LACPA), Lebanese Transparency Association, Gherbal, Democracy Reporting International, Organization for Petroleum and Energy Studies, Arab NGO Network on Development (ANND), and Digital Transformation Network.

A series of meetings will be held in the coming months to raise awareness and prepare the ground for effective implementation, participation and monitoring of the new procurement law, highlighting its various features, principles and governance mechanisms.

These sessions are organized in the framework of a joint collaboration between the Institute and WFD that is part of the national efforts leading to a sound entry into force of the Law in 2022.