Fourth International Conference on Public Procurement Law Africa 2023



The fourth International Conference on Public Procurement Law Africa will be held on 11 to 12 September 2023 in Cape Town.

Conference Theme

The Conference theme is Public Procurement and the Sustainable Development Goals in Africa: Opportunities towards 2030. 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 seven 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 gender equality and 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. We are inviting abstracts for paper presentations addressing the broad conference theme in any of these particular areas:

1 Using public procurement to address the climate emergency
2 Public procurement and human rights
3 Gender responsive procurement in Africa
4 Sustainable development and public procurement in Africa
5 Corruption, fraud and public procurement in Africa
6 Sustainable public procurement in Africa
7 Technology and sustainable public procurement
8  Innovation and public procurement in Africa
9 Health procurement and sustainable development
10 Emergency procurement and pandemics

Note that abstract ideas that extend beyond these thematic areas but which are within the broad conference focus will also be considered.

Submit a Conference Abstract

Abstracts for the conference should be emailed to and should be no more than 300 words. The deadline for submission is 25th January 2023. Authors of accepted abstracts will be notified by 28th February 2023. Full conference papers (of no more than 10,000 words, including footnotes) and presentation slides (no more than 12 slides) should be submitted by 1st August 2023, for distribution to delegates. Please note that late abstract submissions will not be considered.

The best papers will either be published in an edited book collection (to be confirmed), or in the African Public Procurement Law Journal.

Important dates

Event Date
Abstract submission deadline 25th January 2023
Acceptance Notification 28th February 2023
Full paper submission deadline   1st August 2023

The call for papers can be downloaded here.

Inquiries should be directed to the organizers at

Please note that the conference is an academic conference and we are unable to fund speaker’s participation.

 Prof Geo Quinot & Prof Sope Williams

Conference directors

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