In the framework of the Deauville Partnership Governance Pillar Coordination Meeting on 24 April 2012 the G8 and Partner countries called for the establishment of a public procurement network to assess compliance in partner countries against the OECD principles on Enhancing Integrity in Public Procurement. The OECD Principles on Integrity in Public Procurement are a unique policy instrument to help countries prevent risks of waste, fraud and corruption throughout the entire procurement cycle, from needs assessment to contract management and payment.

The launching meeting of the MENA-OECD Network on Public Procurement "Enhancing Integrity in Public Procurement" held on 19 and 20 September in Caserta brought together a network of senior public officials and practitioners on public procurement from Deauville Partnership countries and beyond, including Middle East and North Africa, OECD countries as well as representatives from international organisations, including Multilateral Development Banks as well as bilateral donors. The first meeting provided a strong support to a dialogue amongst procurement practitioners aiming at:

• Sharing good practices and lessons learned in building transparent and efficient public procurement building on international good practice;
• Identifying needs for support in this area based on an assessment of procurement systems, first in transition countries against the OECD principles. It would be broadened to other MENA countries;
• Developing a road map for the Network, including its functioning, objectives and next steps.

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