We are pleased to invite all interested professionals to join us for this interactive webinar on the effects of emergency procurement in the Covid-19 era.
The Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has created unprecedented challenges to health, social welfare, economies, and supporting supply chains. Health concerns, confinement measures and border closures adopted in the wake of the Covid-19 crisis have caused severe disruption in the supply and distribution chains of goods, works and services that the public sector needs. Many governments have turned to emergency procedures, to alleviate the negative impacts of COVID-19 on their populations and economies, but some of these recent measures may have unintended consequences. While relaxing procurement rules can help governments respond more quickly to a growing health pandemic, there are also significant risks associated with looser restrictions. Increasing risks of fraud and corruption have been created through a number of developments, including derogations or relaxation of public procurement rules and a desire to short-cut or eliminate “administrative and bureaucratic” requirements; a massive amount of money disbursed quickly into a number of markets; a boom of donations and gifts made either on a voluntary basis or in order to respond to a “solicitation” by a public authority; and emergency efforts to address shortages of some goods or other urgent needs.
Christopher R. YUKINS, Lynn David Research Professor in Government Procurement Law, Co-Director, Government Procurement Law Program
The George Washington University Law School, USA
Majed M. EL-BAYYA, Lead Procurement Specialist, Global Procurement Director’s Office, EFI-Governance-Procurement, The World Bank, USA
Gavin HAYMAN, Executive Director, Open Contracting Partnership, UK
Despina PACHNOU, Competition Expert, OECD, France
Constantine Miltchev PALICARSKY, Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Officer, UNODC, Austria