Public Procurement Regulation suited for 21st Century Africa: Reform, Governance and Innovation




REGISTRATION 08.00-09.00


OPENING SESSION 09.00- 09.40

9.00-9.10 Welcome remarks –Prof Geo Quinot

9.10-9.40 Prof Sue Arrowsmith (via video) – Remedies under UNCITRAL


SESSION ONE 09.40 – 10.20


Supplier remedies and Administrative review
Chair: Kingsley Udeh

i.                Justin Laing: The standstill period in South African public procurement

ii.              Ester Kuugongelwa: Recent Reforms in Country Systems: Namibia’s Public Procurement Act No. 15 of 2015: Supplier Remedies and Administrative Review



Tea break 10.20-10.50


SESSION TWO 10.50 – 11.50


Supplier remedies and Administrative review
Chair: Stephen de la Harpe

i.                Stuart Scott & Steven Budlender: The review of cancellations of public tenders in South Africa

ii.              Kingsley Udeh: Viability of Bidder Remedies under section 62 of the South African Municipal Systems Act

iii.             Carol Cravero: Remedies and Administrative Review in Award Procedures


SESSION THREE 11.50 – 12.30


Defence procurement
Chair: Phoebe Bolton

i.                Eva Anderson (via video): Procurement Reform as a Counter Terrorism strategy

ii.              Sope Williams-Elegbe: Defence Procurement Regulation in Africa



LUNCH 12.30- 13.30


SESSION THREE 13.30-14.50


Public Procurement Law Reform
Chair: Sope Williams-Elegbe

i.                Mohammed El-Haggan: Potential enhancement of the legal and practical public procurement framework of the Arab Republic of Egypt

ii.              Jonathan Klaaren,  Ryan Brunette and Patronella Nqaba:  Law Reform in the Contract State:  Drafting a Statutory Framework for Public Procurement Regulation in South Africa

iii.             Tecle Bahta: Recent Developments in Public-Private Partnership in Ethiopia and beyond: From Contract to Full-fledged Legislation

iv.             Steve Guppy:  Update on the development of a new public procurement legislation for Zimbabwe



Tea break: 14:50 – 15:20


SESSION FOUR 15:20 – 16:00


Construction and Infrastructure procurement
Chair: Ama Eyo

i.                Ron Watermeyer: The utility of standard setting at an international level for domestic procurement regulation in Africa

ii.              Allison Anthony: Construction Procurement in SA



SESSION FIVE 16:00 – 16:40


Innovation & public procurement regulation
Chair: Jan-Hugo Fyfer

i.                Ama Eyo: E-Procurement in regulated procurement: comparative experiences from selected African countries

ii.              Phoebe Bolton: Procurement to drive innovation in Africa





SESSION ONE 08.30-9.10

The UNCITRAL Model Law and Procurement in Africa
Chair:  Stephen de la Harpe

i.                Caroline Nicholas: Developments under the UNCITRAL Model Law on Procurement



SESSION TWO 9:10 – 10:30

Policy Issues
Chair: Sope Williams-Elegbe

i.                Frank Jenkins: Parliamentary oversight of public procurement in South Africa

ii.              Tebogo Makube: The economics and legality of discriminatory procurement in favour of domestic industries in the South African public procurement system

iii.             Geo Quinot: Public procurement law within a developmental framework

iv.             Anna la Chimia: Public Procurement and Human Rights: how far will donors go to implement the UN guiding principles? A look at newly enacted NAPs


Tea break: 10:30 – 11:00


SESSION THREE 11:00 – 12:00

Corruption, Fraud and African Procurement
Chair:  Anna la Chimia

i.                Narrainen Sanjeev: Mitigating Corruption Risks in project management of international development projects

ii.              Mustapha Diallo: Corruption, fraud and African procurement

iii.             Stephen de la Harpe: Civil activism in combating corruption in public procurement. A South African perspective



SESSION FOUR 12.00 -13.00

Corruption, Fraud and African procurement
Chair: Allison Anthony

i.                Karabo Rajuli: Assessing the strengths and weaknesses of existing access to information laws in South Africa.

ii.              Willard Mugadza: Self-cleaning under the new Namibia Public Procurement Act

iii.             Max du Plessis: Corruption and procurement: the lessons from AllPay


LUNCH 13.00-14.00


SESSION SIX 14:00 – 15:00

Corruption and development aid
Chair: Phoebe Bolton

i.                Mustapha Diallo: Development aid and procurement law in Africa

ii.              Theo Chiviru: Corruption, Fraud in African Procurement and the role of Transparency

iii.             Ferdinand Sambulo: Corruption, fraud and African procurement


Teabreak 15:00 – 15:30


CLOSING SESSION 15:30 – 16:30

Chair: Geo Quinot

Speaker: Adv Kevin Malunga, Deputy Public Protector of the Republic of South Africa




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