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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. 

Speakers
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Georg Neumann

Open Contracting
avatar for Gilbert Ronald Sendugwa

Gilbert Ronald Sendugwa

Executive Director, Africa Freedom of Information Centre
Ask me about ATI, open contracting and open government in Africa
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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... Read More →
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Yura Sumy

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


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

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