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9th Public Procurement Summit by ASSOCHAM

9th Public Procurement Summit organized by ASSOCHAM on April 7, 2014 was supported by NABARD and co-sponsored by C1 India. The theme of the event was Enhancing Transparency, Efficiency and Accountability. The event saw who’s who of the public procurement fraternity gather over panel discussions to discuss new trends, issues, challenges and way forward in public procurement.

Initially the discussions revolved around fundamental principles of public buying, how can fairness and transparency be enhanced, World banks projects in India – sector-wise and category-wise contracts issued in India, Public Procurement Bill 2012 and its objectives, and World Bank procurement policy and procedures.

Mr. M K Bhardwaj, Chairman, Public Procurement Committee, ASSOCHAM & Former President, IIMM kicked off the event with welcome address. The first technical discussion was on the topic – “Emerging Landscape of Public Procurement in India” followed by a second technical session of an hour on “Issues related to awarding of Government Contracts in India”. Mr. Anand Srivastava who is a senior procurement specialist at World Bank, Mr. KVR Murthy who is IFA at Ministry of Defence, Mr. Nirmal Goel, Director, CPWD and Ms Anjula Naib shared insights on emerging landscape in public procurement in India.

As the event progressed, the august audience and panelists started discussing legal & regulatory issues, environmental issues and other economic issues related to awarding of government contracts in India. The discussion on competition aspects of public procurement was very gripping. Ms. Renuka Jain Gupta, Adviser, Competition Commission of India shared the competition issues such as – cartelization/collusive bidding/bid-rigging, restricting entry through entry barriers, abuse of dominance and competitive neutrality.

Post-afternoon session, on the contrary, was very engaging. Mr. Girish Bhatnagar, Director General, Indian Railways Institute of Logistics and Material Management shared his views on the topic – “Post Award Administration of Contracts – Challenges & Dispute Handling”. Accompanying him were Ms. Archana Shukla, Commercial Advisor, Department for International Development, British High Commision and Mr. Arijit Sen, Lead Advisor – Global Government Policy, HP.

The last session focused on “Capacity Building efforts in Public Procurement” and Mr. A K Kalesh Kumar, Capacity Building Co-coordinator – Procurement, World Bank along with Mr. Chandra Mohan Arora, Senior Procurement Officer, Sian Development Bank and Mr. Jyoti Choudhary, Procurement & Project Management Specialist, UNDP provided experiential learning and how they are contributing in capacity building through their endeavors of their organizations.

By the end of the 9th Public Procurement Summit, it was evident that government has started appreciating public procurement as a strategic process rather than an administrative process, especially, at a time when it contributes close to 30% of GDP.

 

 

 

 

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