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Live event: Enhancing Public Procurement Frameworks to Better Respond to Emergencies: Lessons from COVID-19

Natural disasters, health crises such as Ebola, and pandemics such as COVID-19 can happen anywhere at any time. Emergencies like the 2020 coronavirus pandemic can have a devastating impact on millions of people’s lives and livelihoods, particularly the most vulnerable, and on the global economy. Authorities must make appropriate use of available public resources to mitigate, contain, and quickly recover from such emergencies’ adverse effects.

So, how can different countries set up procurement arrangements to respond to COVID-19? 

The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed the vulnerabilities of supply chains, with the rapid spread of the disease and a massive demand for essential supplies for prevention, treatment, and emergency response. The increased demand for these items and restrictions on normal operations present the Governments with severe challenges and numerous predatory practices. Emergencies provide opportunities for fraud and corruption by manipulating procurement processes, specifications, estimated quantities, price gouging, and unscrupulous suppliers.

How can we improve legal frameworks to respond to emergencies and what are the lessons learned so far that can help us moving forward? 

Procuring under extreme urgency is not a new concept for public authorities. In most countries, the legal framework provides for procurement procedures during emergencies. However, very few countries have sound operating procedures/guidelines to cope up with the situation. During the COVID-19 pandemic, there is public outcry in many countries. People are losing trust in governments to handle emergency procurement.

Join top experts in this live event, where we will share experiences of procurement agencies’ interventions.  Watch live here on Thursday, November 19, at 8:00, am ET. Please leave your questions and comments below. The event will be streamed in English, French, Spanish, and Arabic.

For a complete schedule of the event, please visits these links:

Event page  | Agenda | Speakers 

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