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IDB and Korea to fund regional procurement conference in Trinidad
Published on June 16, 2014 Email To Friend    Print Version

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- Trinidad and Tobago’s ministry of finance and the economy in collaboration with the ministry of planning and sustainable development, the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the Organisation of American States (OAS), and the Inter-American Network of Government Procurement is hosting a regional conference on public procurement on June 23.

The IDB and the Korean government are funding the event though the Korean Fund for Technology and Development and the Caribbean Regional Technical Assistance Centre to enhance the skills of public servants in procurement.

This conference will provide a forum for local and international speakers to share knowledge and experiences on pertinent aspects of public procurement of particular interest to Trinidad and Tobago and countries of wider Caribbean region that are in various stages of procurement reform. The audience will comprise delegates from across the Caribbean, the local public sector, international donor agencies and local civil society.

Immediately following the conference, from June 24 – 27, the United Nations Development Program will conduct a four-day introductory procurement Level 2 certification course. This course is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply and will result in the award of a certificate to participants based on their successful completion of a final examination.

The training and certification in public procurement is geared towards enhancing the skills and knowledge of public procurement staff in ministries, municipal corporations and other state entities to better perform procurement functions.

Upon completion of the course participants will have; a clear understanding of the principles of effective public procurement, the procurement process and the role of corporate and transactional procurement; and the capability to plan, implement and evaluate a sourcing process appropriate to the value/risk of the goods/service being procured.
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