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Development Effectiveness
Rome Declaration(2003)
Paris Declaration(2005)
Accra Agenda for Action (2008)
Busan Partnership for Effective Development Co-operation (2011)
Working Group
Aid Effectiveness Working Group

Working Group on Procurement

Focus of the Group

The Working Group on Procurement gathered GoB and development partners with expert knowledge on the subject to explore ways of improving and harmonizing procurement procedures. The priorities of the working group were consistent with the 5 main issues identified in the Country Procurement Assessment Report, facilitated by the World Bank. These were:
i) absence of a legal framework,
ii) delay in decision-making on procurement;
iii) lack of trained professionals,
iv) poor quality of documents and
v) absence of transparency and accountability mechanisms.

Process and Outcome

Two meetings were held in the first half of 2003 with extensive discussion of the three core documents on procurement in Bangladesh: “Donor Survey Report”, “Country Procurement Assessment Report” and “Public Procurement Reform Project”.

The working group produced a final report (see Documentation). Following these discussions on 30th September, the GoB ratified a new procurement law, which meets the overall concerns of the joint working group.

The training of civil servants of relevant ministries and agencies in the new procurement procedures took place in October and November, 2003.

List of Member Organizations and Agencies

Chair: IMED (Implementation, Monitoring and Evaluation Division)
GoB: IMED; ERD and Finance Division of Ministry of Finance; Ministry of Primary and Mass Education; Roads and Highways Department; Local Government Engineering Department; Bangladesh Power Development Board
Development Partners: ADB; UNICEF; World Bank


- Final Report of the Joint Working Group on Procurement [PDF File, 513 Kb]
- World Bank “Country Procurement Assessment Report” [PDF File, 4.2 Mb]
- World Bank “Public Procurement Reform Project” [PDF File, 2.5 Mb]
- Bangladesh Gazette: The Public Procurement Regulations, 2003 [PDF File, 2.5 Mb]

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