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Virtual Roundtable Discussion: The Coronavirus pandemic and Anti-Corruption Efforts in Public Procurement

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Virtual Roundtable Discussion: The Coronavirus pandemic and Anti-Corruption Efforts in Public Procurement

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Virtual Roundtable
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Web Based
Date:
20 May 2020
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0 Days
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Decentralize Cooperation Programme
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Globally, the UN estimates that a staggering 20 to 25 percent of all public contracts funds are lost due to corruption. The sudden rise of the COVID-19 virus exacerbates this already dire situation. Massive public procurement projects for vital medical and protective equipment are threatened by a serious risk of collusion and embezzlement. Accordingly, previous health crises, such as the Ebola outbreak, have shown that corruption can act as a “silent killer”.

There is a common agreement on the need of suppressing and preventing corruption, particularly during times of extreme urgency. This event brings together experts on anti-corruption to discuss and share insights on how countries are fighting corruption in public procurement during the current pandemic, what we can learn from previous health emergencies, and how we can build resilient public procurement processes looking ahead.

This event is co-organized by UNITAR and the Rule of Law and Anti-Corruption Center (ROLACC), under the auspices of the State of Qatar. Its proceedings will be uploaded to the new Global Anti-corruption Training Platform.

 

This event brings together experts on anti-corruption to discuss and share insights on how countries are fighting corruption in public procurement during the current pandemic, what we can learn from previous health emergencies, and how we can build resilient public procurement processes looking ahead.

This event is co-organized by UNITAR and the Rule of Law and Anti-Corruption Center (ROLACC), under the auspices of the State of Qatar. Its proceedings will be uploaded to the new Global Anti-corruption Training Platform.

The virtual roundtable consists of a two-hour panel dicussion covering the following topics:  

- Manifestations of Corruption in the Health Sector: Requirements, qualifications, and ongoing vendor management

- Integrity and Transparency in Public Procurement in the time of Corona

- The effect of the Corona Virus on the Performance of obligations arising from governmental contracts

- Could the glaring gaps in emergency procurement laws encourage corruption?

Participation is open to government officials, diplomats, staff of international organizations, development practitioners, faculty members, and administrators of educational institutions.

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