Topic outline

  • This assignment aims at upgrading the qualifications of a core team of procurement professionals in the management, operation and supervision of effective functioning of Bangladesh’s e-procurement system in support of the Government’s Public Procurement Reform initiatives.

    The strategy foresees the need to motivate and distinguish 120 or so targeted procurement professionals of BWDB, LGED, BREB and RHD through equipping them with high-level competencies in advanced Electronic Government procurement topics. Through such training these officials will be better prepared for an effective role in the refinement of the quality and potential expansion of the scope of functionalities of the current national electronic public procurement system of Bangladesh.

    Over a period of 3 years (2014, 2015 and 2016), 120 public procurement practitioners, coming from the afore-mentioned four Agencies will attend tailored-made training workshops on e–procurement organized at the Campus of ITCILO in Turin, Italy. The workshop/s will expose the participants to the latest developments in e-procurement solutions and allow them to share experiences among themselves and with the resource persons.

    ITCILO, using experiences learnt from similar assignments, is comfortable with the proposed strategy and objectives of this assignment. We also believe that, for a big country like Bangladesh, the proposed size of the core team is reasonable (120 operators) in order to guarantee well-informed use of e-procurement solutions at the level of the four main targeted entities while providing these four entities also with lead professionals who can guide the work of their junior colleagues.


    The main objective of the workshop is to upgrade the competences of the participants in the effective operation and potential expansion of the functionalities of the current e-procurement system in Bangladesh and to play an active role in planning and implementing initiatives for enhancement of E-Procurement solutions in their organizations and in the public sector with full understanding of the legal and economic implications.

    At the end of the workshop, participants will be able to:

    •  Understand the underlying economic concepts of E-Procurement, its potential and the likely constraints it may pose towards SMEs participation;
    •  Acquire knowledge about the required legal framework for implementation of e-procurement solutions and the need for authentication/certification authority and security of transactions;
    •  Assess the factors affecting the choice of the preferred e-procurement business model for their organization  from a wide spectrum of options including e-Tendering, e-Auction, and e-Marketplace;
    •  Comprehend the range of viable e-procurement solutions adopted in Italy at central and regional levels and internalize the lessons-learnt and best-practices suitable for replication in Bangladesh;
    •  Develop analytical capacity as to the costs and benefits of e-procurement system;
    •  Draft an outline of a proposal for advancement/improvement of the E-Procurement solution in use at their own organizations.


    It is envisaged that the 5 days’ duration workshop on e-procurement will explore the following topics:


    1. General introduction to e-procurement and its role in enhancing efficiency, transparency and accountability of national public procurement systems, including its potential for enhancing decision-making and reporting  on public procurement operations;
    2. Underlying economic theory and implications for design of e-procurement solutions, concepts and principles of E-Procurement
    3. Legal framework for implementation of E-Procurement solutions (Bangladesh PPL, UNCITRAL model laws on electronic signature and Electronic Commerce)
    4. Business models: the overall spectrum of e-procurement solutions from e-sourcing until e-payment and strategies for its implementation including associated competition methods (e-tendering, reverse electronic auction, electronic catalogue, dynamic purchasing systems);
    5. Functional and interoperability requirements for E-Procurement solutions;
    6. Presentation of successful E-Procurement models from Italy (Consip: the Central Public Purchasing Entity of Italy);
    7. Preparation of the participants’ proposals (group proposals per each of the 4 Agencies) for enhancement/advancement of e-procurement implementation in their own organization. 


    The participants will be able to comprehend how the above concepts have been applied in the implementation of e-procurement solutions in Italy, both at central and regional levels by having the opportunity of witnessing the functionalities of such platforms and interactive discussion with representatives of these Italian institutions (Consip - the Italian Central Purchasing Organisation and responsible for the conduct of e-procurement on a national level and CSI Piemonte - the regional e-procurement operator for Piedmont Region).


    Whereas the above training topics proposed by ITCILO formed the basis of the workshops contents yet ITCILO in collaboration with the 4 targeted Agencies is ready to incorporate changes/adjustments to the contents of the workshop as will be presented following the initial delivery of the first workshop whose assessment and results will be incorporated in the Inception Report of this assignment. 


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    Activity Manager: Ms Blerina Pogace