Billions of dollars have been invested and will continue to be invested in development projects and services. Funding for these projects has been achieved through a combination of internally generated funds as well as funding provided by bilateral and multilateral sources including the World Bank and African Development Bank. One important lesson learnt from the implementation of development projects is the critical role that procurement contributes in successful implementation of these projects. Poor project preparation followed by poor management of the procurement process has led to lengthy time overruns, cost overruns and delivery of poor quality projects. Where projects are externally funded client agencies face numerous problems and delays because of the recipient’s inability to observe and apply the procurement guidelines of the funding agency at each stage of the complex chain of international procurement operations. In order to improve the procurement process and expedite the implementation of development projects, we have designed a series of procurement training programmes covering Works Procurement and the Selection of Consultants.
This programme covers only the procurement of construction works contracts and the Selection of Consultants and will be based on World Bank procurement Guidelines, procedures and documentation as a benchmark of internationally accepted procurement practices.