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APLU is pleased to announce the Call for Abstracts for the fourth International Conference on Public Procurement Law Africa. The Conference will be held on 11 to 12 November 2021 in Cape Town, South Africa.
The Conference theme is Public Procurement and the Sustainable Development Goals in Africa: A Decade of Opportunity. The theme will address a range of critically important legal and policy issues relating to sustainable development and sustainable public procurement in Africa, in the ten year deadline to achieving the SDGs by 2030. The conference will examine the role of public procurement to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals; using public procurement to address the climate emergency in Africa, the integration between procurement and human rights issues such as modern slavery, as well as issues that present an obstacle to sustainable development such as corruption, weak institutional capacity and poor governance in the procurement context – all from a regulatory perspective. The conference will also consider the role that innovation and technology such as blockchain and AI can play in sustainable public procurement and regulatory issues pertaining to such innovation. Plenary speakers include some of the leading thinkers in public procurement in Africa and internationally, and the conference will feature numerous papers, and workshops presentations.
The extended call for papers is open until 30 April 2021. The call for papers can be downloaded here.
Starting in 2020, the Law Faculty at Stellenbosch University will offer the first postgraduate programmes focusing on public procurement regulation on the African continent. Through the associated African Procurement Law Unit, the Stellenbosch Law Faculty will draw on its high level of expertise in the area of public procurement law – both at a domestic and international level – to provide cutting-edge professional training in one of the most dynamic and fast-developing areas of law globally, with a distinct African focus.
The programmes are aimed specifically at equipping students with the necessary expert knowledge and professional skills to excel in the workforce. The structure of the programmes allows students to complete postgraduate studies with a focus on professional procurement law practice and gain additional professional skills, including focused research and communications skills, specific to procurement legal practice.
More information on the new programmes, including on how to apply can be found on the SU Faculty of Law website at this link.