Global Benchmarking of Public Procurement

Benchmarking Public Procurement 2017

9:00AM ET
1 day
9:00AM ET
1 day


U.S. Chamber of Commerce
1615 H Street NW
Washington , DC

Event Overview

The Benchmarking Public Procurement (BPP) event served as a means to offer our members engagement with global experts and advance efficient, fair and value-based procurement and present an opportunity for doing business with foreign governments. 

Following a G20 decision, the World Bank has evaluated and published the first Global Public Procurement Benchmarking for 180 countries.  The conference launched the release of the benchmarking results to the public.  The analysis from the report highlights the needs assessment for procurement as a prerequisite for efficient processes.  

This year’s event was marked by a comprehensive representation of expert procurement officials who covered the span of experience in government, the private sector, academia, international financial institutions, and judicial organizations.  Collectively, panelists were grateful for the data captured by the World Bank and revered the BPP 2017 report as a true decision-making tool for all stakeholders.  The 2017 report is likely to be annual product to advocate for procurement reforms in key markets.

Seven regions were represented among the panelists; there was a resounding theme of reform and progress towards openness, transparency, competition, value for money and accountability.  Transparency was echoed as one of the key pillars to a grounded procurement system and a means to mitigate corruption.  Companies elaborated on their work with governments through public-private partnerships and financing/underwriting.  International financial institutions discussed how they influence many of the procurement policies.  Public procurement is a rapidly changing field since governments around the world are reviewing their spending priorities, procedures and partners; all participants agreed that the conference served as an excellent platform for collaboration among the global procurement community. 


John Hopkins, Chairman of the Board, CEO of NuScale Power, LLC, gave opening remarks on the values of transparency, efficiency and best practices in public-private business.

 Augusto Lopez-Claros, Director of Global Indicators Group at the World Bank Group gave an overview of the Benchmarking Public Procurement 2017 report and introduced the panelists. 

 Panel 1: Procurement in the Americas moderated by Gary Litman, Vice President of Global Initiatives at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce

  • Jun Jin, US Agency for International Development, Associate General Counsel
  • Lorna Prosper, Director General, Washington, Public Services and Procurement
  • Benjamin Zymler, Minister of the Federal Court of Accounts (TCU), Brazil
  • Joao Nuno Vian Lanceiro da Veiga Malta, Practice Manager, World Bank Group
  • Andrew Ertley, Procurement Specialist, General Electric Aviation

 Panel 2: Procurement in Europe and Africa moderated by Danielle Walker, Senior Director of Africa at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce

  • Raffaele Cantone, President, Anti-Corruption National Authority, Italy
  • Pascale Dubois, Chief Suspension and Debarment Officer, World Bank Group
  • Alison Micheli, Lead Counsel, Legal Vice-Presidency, World Bank Group
  • Jim Hill, Global Leader Strategic Environment Consulting, Arcadis 

Panel 3: Procurement in Asia, Pacific and the Middle East moderated by Gary Litman, Vice President of Global Initiatives at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce

  • Christopher Browne, Chief Procurement Officer, World Bank Group
  • Jean-Jacques Verdeaux, Lead Procurement specialist, World Bank Group
  • Issa Ide, Chief Procurement Officer, Islamic Development Bank
  • Arif Ozozan, Executive Vice President (COO), Gama Holding A.Ş.
  • Vasyl Zadvornyy, Director, ProZorro Ukraine

 Closing Panel: Procurement, Technology and Globalization Moderated by Federica Saliola, Program Manager at World Bank Group

  • Caroline Nicholas, Senior Legal Officer, UNCITRAL
  • Raffaele Cantone, President, Anti-Corruption National Authority, Italy
  • Christopher Yukins, Government Procurement Law, George Washington University