The XIII Inter-American Network on Government Procurement (INGP) Annual Conference was held in October 3-6, 2017 in the City of Santiago de Chile. The theme of the Conference was “Value for Money in Public Procurement,” emphasizing the need for and importance of adopting this concept as a principle of and approach to all public procurement processes, of a multi-criteria approach to different aspects of the quality of a good or service; and of the implementation of sustainability criteria (economic, environmental, and social) in bidding processes.
The Conference was attended by over 300 individuals, including representatives of the entities responsible for State procurement of 32 Latin America and Caribbean countries, and of Canada; and over 80 international experts and delegations from the Organization of American States (OAS), the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the International Development Research Centre (IDRC), the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).
The conference was opened by Ms. Michelle Bachelet, President of the Republic of Chile who extended greetings and underscored the importance of the network to her country.
Director Craig Milley attended as the representative of the Cayman Islands Government and joined his colleagues from the other Caribbean British Overseas Territories of Montserrat and Turks & Caicos. Due to the effects of the recent hurricane damage, the representatives from Anguilla and BVI were unable to attend.
Mr. Milley participated in a number of meetings to share the progress of procurement reform in the Cayman Islands. Of note was his participation in a panel discussion on “The Digital Economy and the incorporation of technology in public procurement” to highlight the transition to e-procurement functionality. The multilingual panel was comprised of public sector representatives from the governments of Brazil and the Cayman Islands as well as private sector representatives from Microsoft, Oracle, Amazon, and EASiBuy.
Further information on the conference can be found here: http://ricg.org/cierre-exitoso-de-la-xiii-conferencia-anual-de-la-ricg/contenido/663/en/