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Procurement Policy Advisory Department Initiatives

Below are initiatives and cooperation between the EBRD Procurement Policy Department, EBRD Clients, International Financial Institutions, Government Institutions and Academia.


International Master in Procurement Management  
This management programme is a Joint Initiative between the EBRD Procurement Policy Department and the University Of Rome Tor Vergata.

Capacity Buidling Assessment

Capacity Assessment and Capacity Building are components of EBRD’s fiduciary responsibility geared to assist Clients in improving procurement performance and implementation, by carrying out a procurement capacity assessment in partnership with the Client.


Abnormally Low Tender Prices Conference
Below is the detailed presentation of a conference on abnormally low tenders held at the EBRD Headquarters and hosted by the Procurement Policy Department.

June 2019 Public Procurement: Global Revolution IX

International Cooperation

MDB Heads of Procurement meeting

From September 26 to 28, 2022, the Heads of Procurement (HoP) of the Multilateral Development Banks held annual meeting, the first in-person meeting since the pandemic erupted, kindly hosted by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) in the city of Rome.

After taking stock of procurement's instrumental role in facilitating and coordinating vaccine purchasing in the last two years, the HoP productively discussed issues of common concern, such as sustainable and green procurement, application of social criteria, supply chain and trade bottlenecks, e-procurement platforms, and training initiatives for the professionalization of the procurement function.

Celebrating its solid achievements in harmonising policies and practices in the twenty years of its existence, the HoP reaffirmed its continued support for fit-for-purpose and value-for-money procurement solutions to promote international development cooperation in an increasingly challenging and complex global environment.

The HOP have been meeting annually for the past 20 years to harmonize, to the extent possible, their institutions' procurement policies and practices to enhance economy, efficiency, effectiveness, and fairness in all MDB financed operations.

The Heads of Procurement from the African Development Bank (AfDB), Asian Development Bank (ADB), Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), Black Sea Trade and Development Bank (BSTDB), Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), Central American Bank for European Integration (CABEI), Council of Europe Bank (CEB), Eurasian Fund for Stabilization and Development (EFSD), European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), European Investment Bank (EIB), Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), Islamic Development Bank (IsDB) and the World Bank (WB)  attended the three-day meeting along with their delegations. The next meeting of the HOP will be hosted by the Asian Development Bank in Manila.

In September 2023, during the HOP in Manila, more than 10 MDBs have issued the Joint Statement on Sustainable Procurement Initiatives reflecting the collective commitments on mainstreaming sustainable procurement.

EBRD - UNCITRAL (United Nations Commission on International Trade Law) Public Procurement Initiative

In the last decade, the EBRD has successfully provided technical assistance for commercial law reform to the countries of central and Eastern Europe and the CIS and Mongolia.
EBRD - WTO GPA (World Trade Organisation - Government Procurement Agreement)

The EBRD GPA TC Facility will initiate a series of regional and country-specific technical projects and provide ongoing assistance with the preparation for GPA accession.

OECD online procurement toolbox             

This online resource will guide you in implementing the OECD Recommendation of the Council on Public Procurement.  In addition to better familiarising you with the 12 principles, the Toolbox provides policy tools, specific country examples as well as indicators to measure your public procurement system.

Memoranda of Understanding between the Bank and its Countries of Operations

The following memoranda are agreed outlines of cooperation between the Bank and some of its Countries of Operations for the improvement of public procurement:
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