A recipe for transformational change

  • 15 Jul 2020
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The global pandemic has highlighted the role of ‘government working online’ and digital public services in times of crisis. In particular, public procurement from mundane government function has become a life or death topic, as in many countries shortages of personal protective equipment for public healthcare workers; Covid-19 tests and ventilators in hospitals have hampered the response to the pandemic. Web-based electronic public procurement systems from luxury items have become essentials for governments all over the world.

In May 2020 edition of the EBRD Legal Transition Programme’s journal – 'Law in Transition', Caroline Nicholas, UNCITRAL and Eliza Niewiadomska, EBRD discuss how eProcurement can help governments transform the way in which the public sector works.

New ‘planning to payment’ public procurement platforms go all-digital with machine-readable data and are becoming increasingly automated. This happens in the emerging economies, where EBRD and UNCITRAL focus on fostering digital innovation.

Digital economy is global and digital public procurement has to follow. This highlights the value of international public procurement policy standards for procurement methods, procurement data and market access. No automation can be done without standardised business process in procurement, from advertising all the way to public contract execution.

New global open data standard for public procurement, Open Contracting Data Standard (OCDS) ensures that data is accessible, searchable, and comparable, thus guaranteeing data accuracy and fostering end-user trust.

This webinar aims to introduce a new concept for successful digital transformation of public procurement. Developed by the EBRD UNCITRAL Public Procurement Initiative, it has been designed and tested to address:

  • The meaning of public procurement in the digital economy
  • How to apply Open Government principles for citizen-focused digital public services
  • Vendor lock-in, interoperability, and change management challenges faced by governments investing in digital tools

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14:00 - 14:10
EBRD 'Law in Transition' Journal
14:10 - 14:30
Policy Toolbox for Governments: UNCITRAL Model Law on Public Procurement
14:30 - 14:50
Open Contracting Data Standard (OCDS): Global Open Data Standard for Public Procurement
14:50 - 15:10
A New Solution for Digital Public Procurement
15:10 - 15:15
Coffee Break



  • Gavin Hayman (Executive Director of Open Contracting Partnership)

    Gavin Hayman

    Executive Director of Open Contracting Partnership

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  • Caroline Nicholas (Head of Technical Assistance at UNCITRAL)

    Caroline Nicholas

    Head of Technical Assistance at UNCITRAL

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  • Eliza Niewiadomska (Senior Counsel, Legal Transition Programme at EBRD)

    Eliza Niewiadomska

    Senior Counsel, Legal Transition Programme at EBRD

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  • Michel Nussbaumer (Director, Legal Transition Programme of EBRD)

    Michel Nussbaumer

    Director, Legal Transition Programme of EBRD

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