Public procurement is the acquisition of goods, services, and works by a public “authority” or “body”. Transactions of this nature are public undertakings and, therefore, they are governed by Civil, Community, or International Law. Constituting one of the main expenditures of government in developing countries, the importance of public procurement cannot be denied. Needless to say, any improvements in the public procurement system can have a direct and beneficial effect on the overall economic situation of a country. Given the significance of resources controlled through public procurement systems and the need for improvement, this introductory course will help the participant explore in a short period of time key facets that govern the public procurement process. In addition, this course will focus on contracts entered into by the public authorities/governments (whether central, federal, state, regional or zonal), for the purposes of procurement of goods and works. Finally, this course will also look into various dispute resolution mechanisms applicable in a public procurement context.
At the end of the course, the participants should be able to:
- Describe which procurements are governed by certain existing civil or international laws
- Recognize the various methods and procedures of domestic and international tendering system, including procurement procedures for World Bank-aided projects
- Interpret a public procurement contract and be able to assist in its execution
- Summarize the steps involved in the completion of procurement
- Select the applicable method for resolution of disputes in public procurement contracts.