High-Level Seminar on Increasing transparency and integrity in Public Procurement in the context of the SDGs

Posted September 7, 2019

Bangkok, Thailand / 9-10 September 2019

Sound public procurement systems are key to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals, as they are a prerequisite for effective public service delivery such as medical goods, water services and sustainable infrastructure. In addition, tackling integrity risks in procurement not only contributes to better quality of services for the people and stronger infrastructure, but it also enables substantial government savings, resulting in increased domestic resources to further finance other initiatives.

Given this crucial role of public procurement, UNDP, UNODC, Anti-Corruption Organization of Thailand (ACT) and Khonthai Foundation are jointly organizing the High-level Seminar on ‘Increasing transparency and integrity in Public Procurement in the context of the SDGs’ from 9-10 September 2019 in Bangkok, Thailand.

The High-level Seminar brings together senior practitioners from public procurement oversight bodies, anti-corruption agencies, national audit offices, as well as civil society representatives and key private sector partners from eight ASEAN countries and resource persons from beyond the region. The event aims to:

  • Promote best practices regarding strategies and concrete approaches to enhance integrity and accountability in public procurement in line with Article 9 of the UNCAC and with the recommendations produced by the reviews of UNCAC implementation;
  • Discuss integrity pacts and other innovative tools to promote integrity in public procurement, recognize their achievements as well as analyze what can be done differently;  
  • Facilitate a multi-stakeholder dialogue on improving the transparency of public procurement in Southeast Asia.