DATES: MAR 8 - 12, 2021    
         
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TUITION: $2245    
       

 

 

 

 

 

Overview 

Economic development is frequently dependent upon a strong and efficient agricultural sector. In this seminar participants will learn how to use public-private partnerships (PPPs) effectively to mobilize resources for improving agricultural productivity and strengthening the value chain. By examining a range of comparative case studies, participants will develop skills to recognize and address multiple challenges inherent in PPPs for their effective application in the agriculture and food sectors, to appreciate the value of multi-stakeholder engagement and participatory process in PPP design and implementation and to identify and cultivate potential partnerships. The seminar is designed specifically for the benefit of those actors in the public and private sectors and CSOs/NGOs who are engaged in agricultural development and food security programming as well as government officials responsible for the design and implementation of national policies for food security and/or in related ministries (agriculture, environment, health, etc.).

In the context of this seminar, the term PPPs is used to refer not only to the financing of physical infrastructure projects necessary to achieve food security (such as development of transportation networks (roads, ports, etc.), warehousing and storage, all of which contribute towards improved distribution networks) but also to a wider range of PPPs that may be considered unique and important to the food security community (such as value-chain development, innovation and technology transfer, delivery of nutrition programs and producer extension training, etc.).

 

Format

The seminar will be delivered through 5 live on-Line sessions via Zoom videoconferencing platform. Each session will last approximately 3.5 hours and will start at 7:00am Washington DC time (Eastern Standard Time). We expect the class to be highly interactive and will include presentations, case studies and exercises.

Course Outline

CHALLENGES IN ACHIEVING FOOD SECURITY

  • Deconstruction of the "four pillars of food security" discussed below
  • Overview of global food system
  • Underpinning legal frameworks (International and National levels)

PPPs IN THE AGRICULTURE AND FOOD SECTORS

  • Understanding PPPs - The Basics
  • Use of PPPs in the agriculture and food sectors

-  Differences, benefits and challenges
-  Role and contributions of private and public sector players and CSOs/NGOs
-  Types of agreements and financing

PRACTICAL APPLICATION OF PPPs (Corresponding with the "four pillars" – Availability, Access, Utilization and Stability):

PRODUCTION (Pillar 1 – “Availability”)

  • Physical Components

-  Natural resource management (soils, water, energy, renewable sources)
-  Geography and climate (change); climate-smart/sustainable agriculture
-  Biodiversity and use of technology (livestock and seed selection)
-  Environmental protection and Environmental Impact Assessment

  • Social Components:

-  Land ownership and tenure (including gender issues, traditional and indigenous rights)
-  Land use planning and zoning
-  Producer organizational structure (individual, cooperative associations)
-  Production types (e.g., contract farming)

  • Financial Components:

-  Financiers (commercial and development banks, leasing companies, etc.)
-  Financing instruments (secured transactions, negotiables, warehouse receipts, etc.)
-  Access to credit (including gender issues and access for MSMEs)
-  Insurance and risk management

  • PPP Applications (e.g., innovation and technology transfer, delivery of extension training, with emphasis on small holder farmers)

DISTRIBUTION AND INFRASTRUCTURE (Pillar 1 - “Availability”)

  • Physical infrastructure (roads, rail)
  • Supply chain management
  • Storage and processing facilities (e.g., warehouses, cold storage)
  • Value added and marketing
  • Reduction of post-harvest losses and food waste “from farm to fork"
  • PPP Applications (e.g., value chain development, physical infrastructure upgrades)

EXCHANGE AND TRADE (Pillar 1 - “Availability”)

  • International trade and special rules for agriculture (WTO Agreement and regional trade agreements)
  • Domestic policies (subsidies, price supports and other market interventions)
  • Domestic markets, investment and global competition
  • PPP Applications (e.g., business development, producer advisory services)

NUTRITION (Pillars 2 – “Access” and 3 – “Utilization")

  • Nutritional challenges – reducing malnutrition and obesity
  • Maternal/child health and consumer education
  • Nutritional guidelines – “our food plate”
  • Alleviating malnutrition through biofortification
  • PPP Applications (e.g., program delivery - improved livelihoods, school feeding; technology transfer in bio-fortification)

QUALITY AND SAFETY (Pillars 1 – “Production” and 3 – “Utilization”)

  • Consumer protection and quality assurance
  • Food safety standards and implementation
  • PPP Applications (e.g., capacity-building in processing and handling)

SOCIAL SAFETY NETS AND STABILITY (Pillar 4 – “Stability”)

  • Emergency preparedness, planning and disaster relief
  • PPP Applications (e.g., emergency relief)

NATIONAL CROSS-SECTORAL PLANNING FOR FOOD SECURITY

  • Methodology for developing an effective national cross-sectoral plan
  • Participation and consultation with national and local stakeholders (small holders and farmer organizations, civil society, private sector, other groups)
  • Effective integration of the use of PPPs and engagement of private sector
  • Contributions of international and regional organizations (i.e., World Bank, United Nations, Food and Agriculture Organization, etc.)

Course Advisors

Jeannette Tramhel is a Senior Legal Officer with the Department of International Law of the Secretariat for Legal Affairs at the Organization of American States. She has been involved in private international law, commercial, business and trade law for over 20 years as a practicing lawyer and staff member of the OAS and UNCITRAL. She holds an LL.B. from Queen’s University in Canada, an LL.M. from Georgetown University (with distinction) and is a member of the bar in Ontario and New York. She also holds degrees in agriculture and environmental design and has worked as an international development professional in partnership with communities in Southeast Asia, Africa, Central America and the Caribbean to orchestrate projects that address complex issues of food security and sustainable development.

Carol Mates was Principal Counsel at the International Finance Corporation (IFC) in Washington, D.C., the intergovernmental international financial organization that is the private sector affiliate of the World Bank, where she worked for almost three decades. She represented IFC as a lender and equity investor in private-sector projects in emerging markets including Latin America, Africa, Eastern and Central Europe, India and East Asia; these include infrastructure projects such as power, telecom, transport, and water projects (including public-private partnerships), corporate debt and equity investments in different sectors. After retiring from IFC, Ms. Mates worked at USAID covering the legal aspects of the Development Credit Authority guarantee program. Prior to her position at IFC, she worked in private law firms in New York City and in the legal department of a US multinational commercial bank in Boston. Her teaching experience includes being an Adjunct Professor at Georgetown University Law Center and lecturing at Boston University Law School. She holds a JD from Columbia University School of Law and an AB from Barnard College of Columbia University.

 

DATES: Feb 15-19, 2021    
         
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Overview 

The infrastructure gap, estimated at trillions of dollars, existed even before the Covid-19 pandemic. Infrastructure helps connect people to services, maintain quality of life, and boost economic productivity, all of which are now threatened by Covid-19. Once the acute phase of Covid-19 is over, governments will need infrastructure to accelerate economic recovery, create jobs, reduce poverty, and stimulate productive investments. Compounding these challenges is the lack of bankable projects, as well as fewer public resources to invest. Private sector mobilization will be more urgent than ever.

The course on Project Preparation to Bridge the Infrastructure Gap provides the participants with the tools and techniques to review proposed infrastructure projects and assess the potential for such projects being implemented with private participation, through the most appropriate form of public-private partnership (PPP). Specific tools will be made available to the participants to carry out economic, financial and risk analysis of proposed projects in all infrastructure sectors.

Among the course tools are: (a) the financial models of the Toolkit for PPP in Roads and Highways, developed by the World Bank/PPIAF; (b) the project risk matrices prepared by the Global Infrastructure Hub (GIH); and (c) more recently developed financial assessment models for PPP in transport, energy, water and sanitation sectors.

In addition to the review of essential concepts and available tools, the course includes case studies, hands-on conceptual and numerical exercises. Attendees will deepen their understanding on the key principles behind PPPs (also known as P3s), alternative delivery methods, financial and risk assessments, and the role they can play in improving service quality, addressing O&M challenges, and delivering essential infrastructure.

 

Format

The seminar will be delivered through 5 live on-Line sessions via Zoom videoconferencing platform. Each session will last approximately 3.5 hours and will start at 7:00am Washington DC time (Eastern Standard Time). We expect the class to be highly interactive and will include presentations, case studies and exercises.

Course Outline

 

Infrastructure and Economic Development

• Review of international comparisons
• The infrastructure gap

Economic and financial assessments of PPP projects

• Introduction to economic and financial analysis
• Cost of capital, operation and maintenance (O&M) costs, discount rate
• Toolkit’s Graphical and Numerical models
• Multi-sector adaptations of the models
• Exercise to assess viability of a project

Risk assessment of PPP projects

• GIH risk matrices for PPP in infrastructure
• Exercise to build a risk matrix for a project
• Team presentation

Overview of PPP options and strategies

• Brief history
• Key success factors
• Applications to different forms of infrastructure (e.g., transport, energy, security, health and education)
• Main stakeholders and their interaction

Implementation and Monitoring

• Stages in PPP development from project identification to contract management
• Laws and Contracts - Legal, legislative and contract bases for PPP
• Issues in infrastructure development

Course Advisor

Cesar Queiroz is an international consultant on roads and transport infrastructure. His main expertise is in public-private partnerships in infrastructure and road management and development. Between 1986 and 2006, he held several senior positions with the World Bank, including as Principal Highway Engineer and Highways Advisor. Prior to joining the World Bank, Cesar was the deputy director of the Brazilian Road Research Institute in Rio de Janeiro. He holds a Ph.D. in civil engineering from the University of Texas at Austin; a M.Sc. in production engineering; and a B.Sc. in civil engineering. Cesar has published two books and more than 150 papers and articles. His assignments include infrastructure advisory services to over a dozen countries. He has been member of several committees at TRB, ASCE, SHRP and PIARC, served as visiting professor at the University of Belgrade, Serbia, and lectured on PPP at George Washington University between 1996 and 2016, and has contributed to the International Law Institute since 2007. He has been a consultant with the World Bank, Asian Development Bank, Inter-American Development Bank, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, European Investment Bank, Millennium Challenge Corporation, and several private and public organizations.

 

DATES: NOV 10, 2020  10:00 AM EST
   
         
VENUE: LIVE ONLINE DICUSSION      
       
TUITION: FREE    
       

 

 

 

 

 

 

Agenda for Discussion

  • Threat of COVID-19 on world population
  • Social policy response to COVID-19 Pandemic
  • Primary Energy demand decline resulting from pandemic
  • Possible post-pandemic economic recovery trajectories
  • Role of natural gas in meeting future Primary Energy demand

 

Robert Lesnick is an Executive Advisor to businesses and governments seeking to develop projects which expand development and use of natural gas. Mr. Lesnick recently retired from the World Bank as its Oil and Gas Program Coordinator after a successful 30-year career in the private sector. He has extensive experience in the petroleum sector, including commodity trading, project development, and natural gas field operations. Robert has over 25 years of international experience as a manager and lead negotiator for the development of energy infrastructure projects. He has conducted business in more than 60 countries on 6 continents.

 

 

Dear Colleague,

We invite you to register for the upcoming ILI Free ILI Online Event - Leveraging Natural Gas in a Post-COVID Economy, scheduled for November 10th at 10:00 AM EST (in Washington DC).

This free one-hour session will cover:

  • Threat of COVID-19 on world population
  • Social policy response to COVID-19 Pandemic
  • Primary Energy demand decline resulting from pandemic
  • Possible post-pandemic economic recovery trajectories
  • Role of natural gas in meeting future Primary Energy demand

The session will be led by Robert Lesnick. Robert is an Executive Advisor to businesses and governments seeking to develop projects which expand development and use of natural gas. Mr. Lesnick recently retired from the World Bank as its Oil and Gas Program Coordinator after a successful 30-year career in the private sector. He has extensive experience in the petroleum sector, including commodity trading, project development, and natural gas field operations. Robert has over 25 years of international experience as a manager and lead negotiator for the development of energy infrastructure projects. He has conducted business in more than 60 countries on 6 continents.

You may have noticed, we did a similar event earlier in the year, which can be viewed here - https://youtu.be/rXRffKsbudM

This is a free event, but does require registration. You can register on our website at - http://www.ili.org/training/event-registration.html. Please do share with anyone who might be interested.

We hope to see you there.

Sincerely,


Jeff

 

 
 
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DATES: FEB 22 - 26, 2021    
         
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Overview

This seminar/course focuses on Health Sector - Medical Procurement and Supply Chain Management and monitoring, including team building and leadership. It sets the Context to distinguish Health/Medical Procurement from procurement in other sectors.

The objective of this seminar/course is to address & develop strategic and organizational aspects, knowledge and skills in public procurement in Health/Medical Sector; What is Procurement strategy and how to define it; How to design and formulate comprehensive procurement strategy for Health/Medical sector at country/ministry/project level; Why and how procurement system/function should be designed; How to design and implement procurement strategy for goods/works/consultant contracts.

Managing the Health Project Life Cycle and Hierarchy of Objectives in order to build successful relationships with suppliers; Contract Terms, Legal Aspects, and Performance Criteria; Investigating and Preventing Fraud and Corruption; Dispute Resolution; Contract Restructuring; Health Procurement from a Contract Management Perspective making use of modern value for money selection tools; Change Order Management/Implementing Change in Health Contracts;; Practical Issues and latest emergency lessons learned: How to avoid the risk of overdependence on a small pool of suppliers; the Mechanics of Payment and Delivery Contract Management and Implementation; Negotiations: Process, Skills, and Techniques; Performance-Based Acquisition.

 

Format

The course will be delivered through 5 live on-Line sessions via Zoom videoconferencing platform. Each session will last approximately 3.5 hours and will start at 7:00am Washington DC time (Eastern Standard Time). We expect the class to be highly interactive and will include presentations, case studies and exercises. 

 

Who Should Attend

It is especially designed for managers of developing country projects and for persons responsible for implementing such projects in Health/Medical Sector. Interest has been expressed by potential participants from government, health sector institutions and entities, private health sector organizations and firms, international organizations and NGOs. The seminar will examine crucial issues and steps in Health/Medical procurement management. Participants are encouraged to bring an example of a project that they can relate to the seminar for discussion.


What you will Learn:

1. What is different in Medical Procurement from other sectors
2. How to build successful relationships with your suppliers
3. How use modern value for money selection tools
4. How to avoid the risk of overdependence on a small pool of suppliers.

 

Course Outline 

Day 1

  • Orientation and Logistics
  • Participant Expectations and Overview
  • Procurement Strategy for Medical Supplies and Pharmaceuticals

Day 2

  •  Introduction to Medical Procurement
  •  Practical Issues in Medical Supply Contracts – Mechanics of Payment and Delivery
  •  Introduction to Medical Supply Chain Management

 Day 3

  •  Contract Management for Medical Supply Contracts
  •  Lessons from COVID-19 Emergency Response Procurement
  •  Managing Risks for Medical Procurement and Contracts

Day 4

  •  Procurement Planning and Quantification Forecasting
  •  Supplier Relationship Management (SRM)
  •  Using Purchase Orders to Improve Supplier Performance

Day 5

  •  Managing Change and Improvement
  •  Resilient Medical Procurement for Emergencies
  •  Wrap-Up: Actions and Lessons to bring to your Work

 

Course Advisors:

Mr. Allan Rotman - Leadership, Governance and Procurement Advisor GHSC-PSM. Allan is a procurement and health supply chain professional with 30 years of experience including cross cutting experience in infrastructure, energy, water, urban and environment fields. He has worked for multilateral institutions in senior positions at the World Bank (20 years), Africa Development Bank (2 years), Millennium Challenge Corporation (3 years), and directly for government ministries in Kenya (2 years). Previously he worked in the private sector (15 years) with a Canadian engineering consulting firm. Allan has worked in over 55 countries internationally.

Specific Health Sector Expertise: In the health sector, Allan has worked in Ethiopia and Ghana to introduce framework contracts for pharmaceuticals; assisted Burma and Guyana with procurement assessments; and trained Ministry of Health staff in Guyana. Allan has just completed a contract management training course for the Botswana Medical Stores (CMS) for pharmaceuticals and outsourced warehouse operations, and also lectures regularly on at the International Law Institute (ILI) affiliated with Georgetown University, Washington, DC. Allan has governance experience with the Ghana Anti-Corruption Coalition (GACC) on open contracting and procurement monitoring activities (2009-2012). Allan assisted the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) to develop a new standard bidding for based on a Value-for-Money scoring methodology entitled Quality and Priced Based Selection (QPBS) (2014-16).

Other Sectors of Experience: Allan has great experience in a variety of sectors and countries, with experience in middle-income and low-income countries, as well as fragile and conflict situations (FCS) countries. As a Lead Procurement Specialist, Allan was responsible for coordination across 8-12 countries in French and English speaking western Africa, where he managed a program investment portfolio of over $6 billion for 120 active projects (2009-14), involving 15 staff. Furthermore, he has delivered training for government officials, staff and civil society.

In addition to procurement, Allan has deep experience in water, energy, urban development, environmental management and climate resilience, and is proficient in the technical requirements and specifications for these sectors,

Education & Language Skills: Allan holds a Bachelor of Science (Honours) and a Master-level degree in urban, regional and environmental planning. Allan is fluent in English and French.

 

Veljko Sikirica has over forty-five years’ experience in Procurement, Engineering, Project Design, Management, Implementation, Sustainable Development and Capacity Building. He has extensive experience as staff of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (10 years), the Inter-American Development Bank (25 years), and in the last two years, as consultant on UN Development Program Projects.

He has vast experience in planning, organisation and implementation of Procurement under Emergency Situations, such as Major Natural Disaster Management (hurricanes, earthquakes and floods), as well as, human made disasters, such as procurement for nuclear safety recovery projects including Chernobyl. Sectors covered include: energy, infrastructure, water & sanitation, health and environment.

He has been, in the last eight years, part of the permanent faculty Teaching Staff and continues to teach at the International Master in Public Procurement Management (IMPPM), University of Rome. He is also a permanent faculty, member of the teaching staff and Executive Committee at the Belgrade University Master Programme in Procurement. At International Law Institute in Georgetown, USA he is the leader of the Project Management seminar.

Mr. Sikirica holds a Graduate degree in Electrical and Mechanical Engineering from “Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico” and a Master degree in Finance from University of Maryland, USA. He is fluent in English, Spanish and Serbian.