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The World Bank's new Procurement Framework modernises the Bank’s procurement policy and maximises the strategic role of procurement in achieving key development effectiveness goals. Mandatory for all new lending operations after July 1, 2016, the new Framework emphasizes choice, quality, and greater value for public spending, while enabling adaptation to country contexts. The new framework follows extensive consultations in 2014 (including in the UK, with members of British Expertise). It provides an expanded range of procurement tools to enable a better fit for varying country contexts and client needs. 

We are delighted to welcome as our speaker Chris Browne, the World Bank’s Chief Procurement Officer, who will present and discuss the new procurement policy framework and its accompanying procedures. Chris has been the World Bank’s Chief Procurement Officer since April 2013 and is responsible for leading the modernization and reform of the World Bank’s procurement policy, system and approach.

Chris, a UK national, has worked in Procurement for 28 years, in State Owned Enterprises, Local Government, Government Agencies, Central Government and as part of a UN task force. Chris was asked to develop and co-author the UK Sustainable Procurement Strategy for the Blair Administration. Prior to joining the World Bank, Chris led the New Zealand Government Procurement Reform Program and following the devastating earthquakes in Christchurch, Chris led the procurement to repair 100,000 properties for residents (circa USD4 billion contract) in less than a week. For this, and his work on procurement reforms Chris was given the Procurement Professional of the Year award by the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply in 2011.

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