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Tuesday, October 27 • 15:30 - 17:00
Impactful implementation of open contracting: The most important item on your National Action Plan FULL

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Hospitals, schools, roads. How citizen perceive government depends heavily on how well they think these public services are working. It is what they expect to get from paying their taxes. 

However, public contracting is vulnerable to fraud, corruption, mismanagement, and inefficiency. With US$ 9.5 trillion spent yearly on publicly awarded government contracts, creating efficiencies and savings through standardized and open contracting procedures will boost your government budget.

Open contracting has become an essential tool to re-build trust between government, citizens and businesses. Disclosing contracts and making public how and to whom public monies are spent, creates a myriad of benefits: Governments receive value for money on their projects, save time and costs, engage with citizens on monitoring that businesses are doing their job, and create more competition among firms participating in bidding processes. Its also a very tangible example of open data in action: citizens get why this information should be open. Its their money and they want to see the benefits. 

Two thirds of the countries participating in the Open Government Partnership have made commitments to more open and participatory public procurement. This session will provide a forum to share how countries can implement open contracting as part of the NAP. 

Our speakers will feature on-the-ground examples and share concrete ways for how open contracting works in brief, stimulating lightening talks. In participatory learning/coaching groups will provide targeted learning around the key issues of implementing open contracting including: 
  • Interpreting contracting data,
  • Introducing the Open Contracting Data Standard
  • Discussing ways how citizen participation and constructive engagement between governments and non-state actors add value to contract outcomes. 

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Georg Neumann

Senior Communications Manager, Open Contracting Partnership
Georg Neumann is Senior Communications Manager at the Open Contracting Partnership. Georg learned his transparency ropes at Transparency International, opening the organization’s first social media profiles and blog, relaunching its website, and coordinating the global movement’s internal communication. Georg also initiated Transparency International’s social accountability initiative on technology and anticorruption. Prior to joining the... Read More →

Gilbert Sendugwa

Africa Freedom of Infomation Centre
Africa Freedom of Information Centre (AFIC)
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Gabriel Sipos

Director, Transparency International Slovakia
Gabriel Sipos is an executive director of Transparency International Slovakia, the most influential anti-corruption NGO in the country. His organization helped introduce radical transparency reforms in Slovakia, such as mandatory publication of government contracts as well as judicial contracts online.  TI Slovakia regularly measures transparency in rankings of Slovak state-owned companies and municipalities. In the last few years it created... Read More →

Yura Sumy

eProcurement Team Lead, Transparency & Accountability in Public Administration and Services, Eurasia Foundation/USAID Project

Tuesday October 27, 2015 15:30 - 17:00
Classroom C1

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