From June 20th to June 24th, twenty-five public sector officials from ministries and agencies engaged in public procurement from Guyana and Suriname benefitted from a five-day training programmed in public procurement, funded under the CARIFORUM-EU 10th EDF.
Berkley Wickham, chairperson of the National Procurement and Tender Administration Board (NPTAB) in Guyana, delivered the opening remarks. He stressed the importance of building capacity in procurement in line with reforms in procurement policy and legislation.
Further opening remarks were made by Eugene Petty, Director Development Cooperation, CARIFORUM Directorate, CARICOM. Petty described the overall technical assistance project and highlighted the importance of capacity building in the regional context.
Training facilitators, Dr. Kamala Dawar, a policy analyst and lecturer in international trade law and development policy, and Adrian Chin, an expert in public procurement, provided participants with updates on developments in public procurement, especially issues impacting on developing countries such as Guyana and Suriname; an understanding of the broader context within which national procurement policies operate; and with the tools needed to develop professional procurement practice.
Participants also learnt ways in which they could promote the use of best international practice in procurement.
Joachim Jakobsen of the Delegation of the European Union to Guyana was on hand to present certificates to the participants. He urged the participants to faithfully apply the knowledge gained to the benefit of their organizations and respective countries.
The training course is an output of the CARIFORUM/EU Capacity Building Project which is funded under the 10th EDF.
“The project’s overall objective is to support CARIFORUM Member States’ beneficial integration in the world economy. Specifically, it seeks to help member states to implement their EPA commitments in the areas of Competition, Procurement and Customs and Trade Facilitation.”
A consortium led by Equinoccio which includes the London School of Economics, SGS and Maastricht School of Management is implementing the project.
CARIFORUM is a body made up of 16 participating states that promotes and coordinates policy dialogue, cooperation and regional integration particularly within the framework of the CARIFORUM-European Community Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA). A needs assessment conducted for CARIFORUM identified region-wide capacity deficits as a major constraint to participating states implementing their obligations under the EPA.
As such, this project “Capacity Building within Member States (CARIFORUM) in the areas of Competition, Procurement and Customs and Trade Facilitation for the implementation of the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA)” seeks to address these deficits by providing training for public and private sector organizations and their staff in the areas of Competition, Public Procurement, and Customs and Trade Facilitation with particular emphasis on the implementation of the CARIFORUM-EU EPA through collaboration with regional and international training institutions and bodies.