DATES: MAR 1-5, 2021      
VENUE: ILI Headquarters, Washington, D.C., USA      
TUITION: $2245      







The e-Government Procurement seminar explores the concept, objectives, supporting policies and procedures of e-Procurement within the broader e-Government context. The program will highlight best practices and features as well as errors to avoid, and analyze various options in the implementation of e-Government Procurement based on the experience of several countries, depending on the different scope and levels of complexity of e-Government systems.

The seminar explores the advantages and challenges in the implementation of e-Procurement systems, the underlying institutional and legal frameworks, the diverse procurement methods and procedures commonly utilized in e-Procurement systems and their fitness in procuring various categories of procurement (goods, works, consulting and non-consulting services) depending on risks, market, and complexity, as well as the technical aspects of the related IT platforms on which e-Procurement Systems rely. Participants are expected to fully engage in class discussions, case studies and group exercises.

Course Outline


1. Defining e-Government Procurement – Strategy and mid and long term planning

2. Legal and institutional frameworks

3. Options and examples from developed and developing countries

4. Short case studies: comparing examples with a given country situation

5. Specific Procurement methods and procedures adapted to the use of E-Procurement systems

• Open competitive bidding

• Electronic Reverse Auction

• Framework  Agreements

• e-Catalogs

6. Pros and cons: what is the best fit for various categories of procurement depending on risks, market and complexity?

• Goods

• Works

• Consultants

• Non-consulting services

7. Technical aspects

8. Case study

9. Debriefing


Course Advisors

Bernard Becq is the World Bank´s former Chief Procurement Policy Officer, Head of the Procurement Policy and Services Sectors Board. Today Dr. Becq works as an independent consultant with more than 35 years of experience. Dr. Becq´s experience includes working with French development agencies, in particular, he was the Deputy Chief of the International Consulting Firm of ENPC, and Project Officer and Adviser to the President at Agence Coopération et Aménagement (ACA). Dr. Becq holds graduate degrees in Mathematics from Paris VI University and in civil engineering from ENTPE in Paris, France, and a Master degree in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Southern California (USC), in Los Angeles, USA, where he also completed post graduate work (PhD ABD).

Sabine Engelhard is a lawyer specialized in procurement whose career focus has been in international development, capacity building and governance-related issues. She held various senior positions at the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). She also worked at the World Bank, with a prominent international law firm, and headed the Washington office of an international consulting firm. Sabine has been involved in high-profile initiatives with the World Trade Organization (WTO) and the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), to strengthen country procurement governance. Today Ms. Engelhard consults for different international organizations. She is an independent expert with the United Nations (UN) Award-Review Board, advising on procurement challenges resolution. She is a course advisor and a lecturer at the International Law Institute (ILI) in Washington DC, and lectures in the Procurement Master’s Program of the International Training Center of the International Labour Organization (ITC/ILO) in Turin, Italy. She holds master-level and post-graduate degrees in Law, International Relations, and European Studies.