Attendees at the 2015 Global Revolutions VII conference at the East Midlands Conference Centre, Nottingham.
APPRRU members at Global Revolutions VII (from left) Ama Eyo, Geo Quinot and Sope Williams-Elegbe with Annamaria La Chimia of the PPRG.
APPRRU once again supported the Public Procurement Research Group of the University of Nottingham in hosting the seventh event in the series of international conferences under the banner of Public Procurement: Global Revolution. This year’s event was held from 15 to 16 June 2015 at the East Midlands Conference Centre at the University of Nottingham in the UK. Apart from acting as chairs of various conference sessions, three APPRRU researchers read papers at the conference.
Sope Williams-Elegbe presented a paper on “Debarment: A Cross-Jurisdictional Evaluation”.
Williams-Elegbe delivering her paper at Global Revolutions VII.
Ama Eyo’s paper was entitled “E-procurement in practice: Reflections on the “SQuID” experience in Wales”.
Geo Quinot presenting at Global Revolutions VII.
Geo Quinot spoke about “Balancing functionality assessment and policy considerations in complex procurement in Africa”.
David Green, Director of the Serious Fraud Office, UK, Sope Williams-Elegbe, Lisa Risley, Assistant Inspector General, USAID and Catherine Trujillo, Deputy Inspector General, USAID.
From the 9th to the 11th of March 2015, Dr. Sope Williams-Elegbe was invited to speak at the first Fraud and Anti-Corruption Conference of the Office of the Contractor-General in Kingston, Jamaica.
The conference theme was “Confronting Corruption: Empowering a Generation, Transforming a Nation”. It was a very high level event convened to provide stakeholders with an opportunity to facilitate better cooperation and share ideas on the anti-corruption regime in Jamaica and the wider Caribbean.
Sope’s paper was titled “Fighting Corruption in Public Procurement in Developing Countries” and provided practical information on how procurement officials, investigators and law enforcement personnel may limit and uncover corrupt practices in public procurement. A copy of her presentation can be found here.
Dirk Harrison, Contractor-General of Jamaica, Sope Williams-Elegbe, Stephon Grey, Director, BDO Forensic Accounting Ltd and Staff Sergeant Les Dolhoun, Team Lead, Financial Integrity Division, Royal Canadian Mounted Police
The British Academy has awarded a grant of £74 000 under the Newton Advanced Fellowship Scheme 2014 to Prof Geo Quinot of APPRRU (as applicant) and Prof Sue Arrowsmith of Nottingham (as co-applicant) for a period of two years.
The purpose of the grant is to continue the work started under an earlier British Academy grant that saw the creation of APPRRU as a platform to facilitate research on public procurement law in Africa. The current project will aim to strengthen collaboration between the University of Nottingham’s Public Procurement Research Group (PPRG) and APPRRU. It will also provide information and awareness of issues facing Africa to enable scholars and policy makers from outside Africa to take these into account.
The project programme will involve research resulting in scholarly articles in this field at the end of the two-years as well as teaching-related development, especially at post-graduate level. It will furthermore have important long-term objectives in supporting and developing the capacity of APPRRU to facilitate scholarship in this area in Africa. A key objective is thus to draw on and transfer the expertise of the PPRG in establishing and maintaining a centre of excellence in scholarship in public procurement, involving primary research, research collaboration such as through dedicated internet portals and conferences, teaching (especially at postgraduate level), capacity development beyond the university such as of practitioners and public officials, and direct participation in the development of policy and regulatory instruments in public procurement.
From the 1st to the 2nd December, 2014, Dr Sope Williams-Elegbe of APPRRU was invited to speak at the 4th Caribbean Public Procurement (Law & Practice) Conference, Port of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago. She presented a paper on “Promoting Collective Action against Corruption” which can be found here. Her paper examined successful instances where collective action by the private sector had an impact on corruption in a particular jurisdiction in order to provide guidance for the Caribbean region. Corruption in public procurement and more generally is a problem in many developing countries and it is increasingly being realized that the private sector has to provide leadership in fighting corruption through collective action in states where the public sector is unwilling to do so.
Williams-Elegbe at the conference (centre) with Reginald Dumas (left) and Chris Yukins during the workshop
Williams-Elegbe also led a workshop with Professor Chris Yukins of George Washington University, USA on “Defence Procurement: Managing Debarment”.
On 10 November 2014, Dr Sope Williams-Elegbe of APPRRU was invited to speak at the First National Conference on Public Procurement, at the Transcorp Hilton Hotel, Abuja, Nigeria. The conference was a collaborative event between the Federal Government of Nigeria and the 36 states of the federation and was intended to provide a platform for dialogue and creation of synergy between procurement at the state and federal level. Sope’s paper was titled “Public Procurement Reforms: An Analysis of Examples in the African Region” and focused on the kinds of procurement reform in selected African countries. A copy of her presentation can be found here. Attached is a picture of Sope with Ms Marie-Francoise Marie Nelly, the Country Director of the World Bank, Nigeria, Comrade Adams Oshiomole, the Governor of Edo State, Nigeria and Dr. Ama Eyo also of the APPRRU and Bangor University, Wales.
Dr Williams-Elegbe (second from right) with (from left) Ms Marie-Francoise Marie Nelly, the Country Director of the World Bank, Nigeria, Comrade Adams Oshiomole, the Governor of Edo State, Nigeria and Dr. Ama Eyo also of APPRRU and Bangor University, Wales
The programme for the Public Procurement: Global Revolutions VII conference to be held in Nottingham, England from 15-16 June 2015 is now out. The conference will feature papers on procurement law developments from across the world, including perspectives on African procurement regulation.
Participants at the APPRRU workshop
In September 2014 APPRRU hosted a workshop at National Treasury in Pretoria around procurement law reform in South Africa. Leading legal practitioners in the area of public procurement regulation joined academics from APPRRU and policy-makers from Treasury to discuss current initiatives in drafting a new public procurement regulator statute that can provide the institutional basis for comprehensive reform of the public procurement regulatory regime. Participants discussed a working draft bill prepared in the Office of the Chief Procurement Officer in Treasury as well as the procurement chapter of the draft Treasury Regulations under the Public Finance Management Act. The workshop was a follow-up on the earlier work done by Prof Quinot of APPRRU for Treasury on the legal landscape governing procurement regulation in South Africa.
Participants at the APPRRU workshop
Participants at the APPRRU workshop