• Date: May 2016

Royal Institute of Management under the auspices of the Green Public Procurement in Bhutan (GPP Bhutan) project conducted a 3-day Sustainable Supply Chain Management (SSCM) Training from 26th to 28th April as well as the the first (of three) Training of Procurers (TOP) on Green Public Procurement from 3rd to 6th May, 2016. The overall objective of the trainings is to enhance skills and knowledge on sustainable supply chain management (SSCM) among public procurers, sharpen the understanding on GPP and learn in an interactive way on how to integrate environmental and social criteria into the procurement cycle.

The trainings were provided for a mixed group of civil servants involved in planning, organizing and administration of public procurement that quintessentially involves supply and procurement of goods, works and services.  A wide diversity of participants in these trainings is anticipated to provide crucial learning experiences to incrementally green the procurement landscape in Bhutan. Participants to this training were selected based on the following criteria: i) level of knowledge, ii) Mandates mapping, iii) balance between infrastructure, service and product focus, iv) multiplication and up-scaling potential (institutional reach and position), and v) gender balance.

A total of 30 participants attended the trainings representing 18 agencies from Government ministries, academia, State Owned Enterprises (SOEs) and Civil Society Organizations. The training programme included peer-to-peer learning, group exercises, sessions during which procurers could interact with suppliers, and discussions on how to solve implementation challenges related to GPP. Extensive learning-sharing amongst participants and between participants and facilitators provided insights into field experiences on procurement system. Site visits augmented the training through practical exposure and life demonstrations.

The trainings were collaboratively facilitated by project officials from GPPB partner organizations. The round 2 and 3 of the Training are tentatively slated for 2016 July and August end respectively.

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