U.S. Consultations on the Government Procurement for 5 delegates from the Training Center within the Ministry of Finance of the Kyrgyz Republic

October 30, 2017 - November 3, 2017

CLDP’s Michael Cofield and Yulia Melara facilitated U.S.-based Consultations on certification levels in procurement training on October 30 through November 3, 2017, in Washington, D.C. by hosting five delegates from the Training Center within the Ministry of Finance of the Kyrgyz Republic for visits and discussions with U.S. government, commercial, and academic providers of procurement training, as well as with practitioners involved in implementing public-private partnerships in the U.S. regarding procurement training, certification levels, and related matters.

Through these meetings and discussions, the visiting delegation examined the training for various certification levels with respect to content, duration of training, and faculty and saw training and instruction in process. They also discussed training and instruction program design, management, and implementation; considerations related to on-line and/or distance training; requirements for and approaches to continuing education; as well as the administrative issues at training centers.

The delegation learned about the qualification for and suspension of licenses for authorized third-party/commercial procurement training facilities. They met procurement practitioners and discussed how they carry out purchasing “on the ground,” the role training and certification levels have in the on-going purchasing processes, and the practitioners’ opinions on the applicability of the training they receive to their tasks.

The five delegates met the head of the Commonwealth of Virginia’s Office of Public-Private Partnerships, as well as a CLDP attorney with extensive PPP experience, including to outline issues related to party and project screening and assessment, on-going risk management, and factors required for party success. The discussions emphasized the multi-discipline approach required to more fully implement PPP frameworks, as well as little-known but equally effective contractual alternatives to PPPs.

The consultations contributed to assisting the Kyrgyz Republic develop the capacity of its procurement officials and procurement trainers, increase the transparency and effectiveness of its government procurement and procurement training systems, open the procurement and PPP markets to a greater number of suppliers and potential participants, and decrease opportunities for corruption, waste, and mismanagement in government procurement.

Visiting Delegates at the Commonwealth of Virginia’s Office of Public-Private Partnerships
Visiting Delegates at the Defense Acquisition University

Upcoming Programs

February 21, 2018 - March 24, 2018

On February 21-22, 2018, CLDP held a workshop in cooperation with the World Trade Organization (WTO) Institute for Training and Technical Cooperation (ITTC) for officials from the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan.  The workshop was held at the WTO Secretariat on the margins of the meetings of the Committee for Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) measures and the Committee on Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT).   At the workshop, the Afghan officials discussed with U.S. and WTO experts the procedural and substantive requirements of the WTO SPS and TBT Agreements, and methods for effective engagement in SPS and TBT Committees.  WTO experts also presented on the online tools made available to WTO members by the Secretariat to facilitate timely notifications. 

Following the workshops, the Afghan officials participated in the WTO SPS and TBT Committees, ensuring that Afghanistan has a more active role on issues critical to Afghanistan's trade sector, and provides answers to questions posed by SPS Committee members. 

March 10, 2018 - March 17, 2018

On March 10-15, CLDP hosted a high-level delegation from the Ministry of Mines and Petroleum of Afghanistan (MoMP) in Washington, DC. Her Excellency Nargis Nehan, Acting Minister of the Ministry of Mines and Petroleum, headed the Afghan delegation in the U.S.  CLDP facilitated meetings for the Afghan delegation with U.S. Government agencies and the private sector.  During the meetings, MoMP’s representatives provided a comprehensive update on the current state of the Afghan extractive sector, while reinforcing the commitment of the Afghan government to reforms required to transition the extractive sector to a competitive and efficient market.  The MoMP’s representatives also provided an overview of potential mining projects and sought the private sector’s input on how to make the Afghan extractive industry more attractive to foreign private investment, as well as explained the ministry’s commitment to capacity building. In response, CLDP formally launched a 15 months-long extractive training course, designed for key technical and legal employees within the ministry.  

CLDP in Action

February 27, 2018 - March 2, 2018

CLDP together with its institutional partner Extractive Resources Governance Program (ERGP) at the University of Calgary’s School of Public Policy, co-hosted a workshop of 13 officials from Pakistan on Establishing an Effective and Independent Regulator in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. 

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