DATES: SEP 2 - 13, 2019    
VENUE: ILI Headquarters, Washington, D.C., USA      
TUITION: $3950    







This seminar is designed to introduce participants to the strategies, approaches and tools for developing effective country public procurement systems. It highlights the essential aspects of a well-designed country procurement system covering legal, institutional, operational, professional, and transparency aspects. It approaches the public procurement system of a country as part of its governance framework, looking at transparency and accountability within policies, legislation and regulations. Recently, the World Bank, African Development Bank, and the Asian Development Bank have changed their procurement frameworks. Such developments are a testimony to the increased reliance on the use of countries’ institutions and systems. Utilizing a country´s own procurement system strengthens its capacity to sustainably define, execute and account for its policies.

Course Outline

Overview of Public Procurement Reform and Country Procurement Systems

  • Role and importance of public procurement in governance
  • Examination of trends in public procurement reform and implementing strategies
  • Assessing public procurement systems: Methodology for the Assessment of Procurement Systems (MAPS)
  • Risks in procurement and accountability, procurement audits

Legislative and Regulatory Framewor

  • Main components of legal and regulatory framework for a public procurement system
  • UNCITRAL Public Procurement Model Law
  • Anti-corruption, integrity and ethics, Code of Ethics, and the United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC)
  • Sustainable procurement and socio-economic considerations
  • Trade and economic integration in public procurement and the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)

Institutional, Operational and Organizational Resource

  • Main institutional, operational and organizational issues in a public procurement system
  • Informational systems and management
  • Collection and reporting of data on procurement activities

Professional Procurement Workforc

  • Main features of a professional workforce for a public procurement system
  • Designing and institutionalizing public procurement curricula and training 
  • Establishing performance incentives and performance reviews

Introducing new Procurement Policies and Practice

  • Strategy for implementing e-procurement
  • Innovative procurement methods, framework agreements and e-Reverse Auctions

Course Advisors

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.

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 Masters 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).