World Bank Procurement Reform: New Direction Endorsed

Following the endorsement by Executive Directors of a new direction for the procurement of goods and services under World Bank-financed projects, the Bank is launching global consultations on the proposed reforms that will be held from August through November 2014.

“We want procurement in Bank operations to support clients to achieve value for money with integrity in delivering sustainable development,” said Kyle Peters, Vice President of Operations Policy and Country Services at the World Bank.

At the center of the new procurement approach is decision-making based on value for money. When considering bids, the World Bank will take into account pre-defined non-price attributes, such as quality criteria, in addition to the price.

“The objective of the procurement policy review is to make procurement more fit for purpose and equip the World Bank to better respond to client needs, while at the same time ensure that World Bank funds are used with the highest integrity and for the intended purposes,” said Stefan Koeberle, Director for Operations Risk Management at the World Bank.

The new framework also introduces sustainable procurement, the use of procurement systems other than the World Bank’s, engagement with strategic suppliers, and a streamlined and more efficient approach to procurement complaints that will be centrally monitored and tracked. “We’re making World Bank procurement fit for the future,” said Christopher Browne, the World Bank’s Chief Procurement Officer.

The World Bank is inviting all interested stakeholders to review the proposed procurement framework and submit comments through a dedicated. The World Bank will arrange to meet with shareholders and stakeholders from September through November to discuss the proposed new policy framework in detail. The World Bank will revise its proposal taking stakeholder feedback into account and will present a final policy to Executive Directors in 2015. Implementation is expected for mid-2015.

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