• Date: Aug 2017

March 9, 2017

The 3rd and final High Level Seminar (HLS) on Green Public Procurement (GPP) was held on March 8, 2017 in Thimphu. Some objectives of the HLS are: to communicate the concept of GPP, to inform policy-makers and senior officials about the progress of the GPP Bhutan project and to initiate discussions around GPP implementation in Bhutan.  The 3rd HLS was attended by 60 (sixty) mid and senior level civil servants. Participants were informed about international experiences of implementing GPP and on the progress and achievements of the GPP Bhutan project in the last three years.

The Secretary of the Ministry of Finance, Mr. Nim Dorji graced the occasion as the Chief Guest. Hon’ble Secretary said that since Bhutan has always made a deliberate attempt to consider the environmental and social impacts of development interventions, MOF places high importance on sustainable and green initiatives, particularly GPP.  The Finance Secretary communicated some notable progress being made by MOF towards GPP:

  • “10 Recommendations” made by GPP Bhutan are at various stages of implementation.
  • MOF has received resolutions from parliament to strengthen the procurement system by incorporating greener initiatives.
  • MOF has worked with Royal Civil Service Commission (RCSC) to introduce a procurement cadre.
  • MOF is improving transparency, efficiency and equity in procurement processes through electronic government procurement (e-GP).
  • MOF is reviewing the Procurement Rules and Regulations (PRR), mainly to identify opportunities for incorporation of green/sustainable elements in the PRR.

Participants echoed the key takeaways from previous Seminars such as:

  • The need for coordination and leadership in implementing GPP
  • The need for capacity-building of procurers
  • Establishment of clear guidelines and monitoring mechanisms
  • Strengthening supply-side capacities to provide green alternatives.

 

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