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3 Feb 2014

Joint CICA-EIC-FIDIC Position Paper on the World Bank's Proposed New Procurement Framework

CICA, EIC and FIDIC call upon the World Bank to continue applying its Procurement Guidelines and Standard Bidding Documents for Consultants and Works for large and complex projects following the planned implementation of the New Procurement Policy Framework.

Following the publication of the World Bank's revised Procurement Policy Paper dated 18 October, 2013, which is to be implemented in the course of 2014, the three federations jointly comprised a position paper to draw attention linked to a number of problems that could result from the new policies.

These mainly concern a potential drop in the procurement quality for large and complex infrastructure projects. Therefore, CICA, EIC and FIDIC call upon the World Bank to ensure that its Standard Bidding Documents for Consultants and Works should remain mandatory for such projects. In case the Bank decides against this and accepts national procurement arrangements for large and complex works, at least the use of the FIDIC standard forms should be mandatory.

CICA, EIC and FIDIC outline that the GPA and UNCITRAL sample documents cannot serve as a yardstick for “equivalent” or “acceptable” procurement practices in a given country.

They call for a significant role for the International Advisory Group on Procurement (IAGP) in the coming months as well as another round of public consultations after the first part of the implementation process.

The Executive Directors of the World Bank Group approved the Proposed New Framework on Procurement in World Bank Investment Project Finance in November 2013. The vision statement of this new approach to procurement is “Value for money with integrity in delivering sustainable development.” The Bank's management is now working on an implementation plan with the next phase of consultations planned for Spring 2014.

 

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