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The World Trade Organization Agreement on Government Procurement (GPA) not only increases reciprocal market access commitments among its Parties but it also sets out minimum standards for conducting public procurement, ensuring the creation of open, non-discriminatory, and transparent procurement markets. Accession to the GPA can, arguably, catalyse and reinforce broader reforms that improve overall governance and, ultimately, strengthen not only the economy but also the legitimacy of governments. To some extent, experience have shown that indeed countries have sought or seek to join the GPA with the derivative aim of improving governance and strengthening supplier competition in their own procurement markets through better and more inclusive market access opportunities. This growing interest in GPA accession demanded a more structured and ongoing cooperation between the EBRD and the WTO Secretariat, resulting in the EBRD GPA Technical Cooperation Facility.


Under the work of the Facility, EBRD experts have been tasked to assess the primary public procurement law (PPL) or existing draft legislation (draft PPL) of nine different economies (under the region of operation of the Bank) against the mandatory minimum requirements of the GPA. The report, which includes Observers in the process of accession as well as economies with accession commitments, was developed by benchmarking each national public procurement legislation against the "WTO GPA Compliance Questionnaire", a check list with more than 150 questions, developed by EBRD experts. The assessment report seeks to identify possible regulatory gaps with the text of the GPA in order to facilitate further consultations relating to accession negotiations. Though this exercise constitutes a preliminary diagnostic and does not constitute under any circumstance a binding opinion, notwithstanding, it provides groundwork for the alignment of the Observer's government procurement regime with the minimum standards of the GPA, before or at the beginning of the accession process.


Building from this exercise, this webinar will focus on presenting the results of this preliminary diagnostic. Guest speakers will also discuss and exchange information on general GPA compliance issues identified across the analysed jurisdictions in order to share common challenges as well as outline ways in which particular countries are addressing or expect to address particular issues raised throughout the GPA accession process. The broad objectives of this online session are:


  • To familiarize participants with the GPA, notably as it relates to international trade, market access, and modern best standards in public procurement.
  • To elaborate on the benefits of GPA 'observer status' as well as potential benefits and challenges of accession to the GPA;
  • To discuss potential regulatory gaps vis-à-vis the text of the GPA and how to approach them, considering, for instance, the availability of transitional measures for developing countries.


Simultaneous English-Russian interpretation will be available.

Agenda

November 24, 2020

Main Schedule

11:00 AM
Opening Remarks & Launch of the EBRD GPA Technical Cooperation Website
Reto Malacrida (Counsellor and Head of the Government Procurement and Competition Policy Group at WTO)
Eliza Niewiadomska (Senior Counsel, Legal Transition Programme at EBRD)
Michel Nussbaumer (Director, Legal Transition Programme of Ebrd)
11:10 AM - 11:20 AM
Developing the Observer’s compliance assessment report
Dorina Harcenco (Policy Expert at EBRD GPA TC Facility)
Eriks Mezalis (Procurement Expert at EBRD GPA TC Facility)
Antonella Salgueiro (Outreach Coordinator and Results Manager, EBRD GPA TC Facility at EBRD)
11:20 AM - 11:50 AM
Countries in the process of accession: challenges and experiences
Aleksandar Argirovski (Advisor at Ministry of Finance Public Procurement Bureau)
Ravshan Karimov (Deputy Director of Public Procurement Agency of Tajikistan)
Mirbek Duisheev (Deputy Director of Public Procurement Department of the Kyrgyz Republic)
11:50 AM - 12:10 PM
Jump-starting the accession process: countries with paused negotiations
Kakha Demetrashvili (Deputy Chairperson at State Procurement Agency of Georgia)
Dimitri Gulisashvili (Head at Foreign Relations Dept., State Procurement Agency of Georgia)
12:10 PM - 12:20 PM
A growing interest in the Agreement: Brazil’s current accession
Murilo Lubambo de Melo (Trade Negotiator (GPA), Secretary of Foreign Trade at Ministry of Economy of Brazil)
12:20 PM - 12:30 PM
Q&A

Speakers

Aleksandar Argirovski (Advisor at Ministry of Finance Public Procurement Bureau)

Aleksandar Argirovski

Advisor at Ministry of Finance Public Procurement Bureau

Kakha Demetrashvili (Deputy Chairperson at State Procurement Agency of Georgia)

Kakha Demetrashvili

Deputy Chairperson at State Procurement Agency of Georgia

Mirbek Duisheev (Deputy Director of Public Procurement Department of the Kyrgyz Republic)

Mirbek Duisheev

Deputy Director of Public Procurement Department of the Kyrgyz Republic

Dimitri Gulisashvili (Head at Foreign Relations Dept., State Procurement Agency of Georgia)

Dimitri Gulisashvili

Head at Foreign Relations Dept., State Procurement Agency of Georgia

Dorina Harcenco (Policy Expert at EBRD GPA TC Facility)

Dorina Harcenco

Policy Expert at EBRD GPA TC Facility

Ravshan Karimov (Deputy Director of Public Procurement Agency of Tajikistan)

Ravshan Karimov

Deputy Director of Public Procurement Agency of Tajikistan

Murilo Lubambo de Melo (Trade Negotiator (GPA), Secretary of Foreign Trade at Ministry of Economy of Brazil)

Murilo Lubambo de Melo

Trade Negotiator (GPA), Secretary of Foreign Trade at Ministry of Economy of Brazil

Reto Malacrida (Counsellor and Head of the Government Procurement and Competition Policy Group at WTO)

Reto Malacrida

Counsellor and Head of the Government Procurement and Competition Policy Group at WTO

Eriks Mezalis (Procurement Expert at EBRD GPA TC Facility)

Eriks Mezalis

Procurement Expert at EBRD GPA TC Facility

Eliza Niewiadomska (Senior Counsel, Legal Transition Programme at EBRD)

Eliza Niewiadomska

Senior Counsel, Legal Transition Programme at EBRD

Michel Nussbaumer (Director, Legal Transition Programme of Ebrd)

Michel Nussbaumer

Director, Legal Transition Programme of Ebrd

Antonella Salgueiro (Outreach Coordinator and Results Manager, EBRD GPA TC Facility at EBRD)

Antonella Salgueiro

Outreach Coordinator and Results Manager, EBRD GPA TC Facility at EBRD

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