WORKING WITH USTDA

Through the GPI, USTDA will work with its overseas partners to develop customized activities that are based on the unique needs of each country. These activities will target the key decision-makers responsible for procurement in high technology sectors at both the policy and practitioner levels, including national and sub-national government officials, representatives of procurement agencies, and state-owned enterprises. The types of assistance available include:


UPCOMING EVENTS

Global Procurement Initiative Trainings in Vietnam

Dates: August 4-15, 2014

Locations: Hanoi, Danang, and Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

In August, the U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) will formalize its partnership with the Government of Vietnam under the Global Procurement Initiative (GPI) through initiating the first phase of the Procurement Assistance Program for Vietnam. The Agency will provide three separate training sessions for a total of 150 procurement officials from ministries and state-owned enterprises across the Government to educate them on how to use best-value determinations and life-cycle cost analysis in the procurement process. The training will be led by the George Washington University Law School's Government Procurement Law Program, alongside technical specialists in life-cycle cost analysis from jacobsendaniels associates and Vietnam's Public Procurement Agency (PPA). These trainings are designed to help the Government of Vietnam implement its newly revised procurement law, which includes a greater focus on best value determination and life-cycle cost analysis in tender evaluations.

For more information, please contact Lauren Ziegler, Manager for Global Programs, at lziegler@ustda.gov or at 703-875-4357.

Global Procurement Initiative Orientation Visit for Botswana

Dates: Fall/Winter 2014

Locations: Washington, D.C.; and Austin, TX

The U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) will conduct the second phase of the Procurement Assistance Program for Botswana through hosting 14 procurement officials to the United States for an eight-day orientation visit which will include advanced follow-on procurement training and meetings with federal procurement entities in Washington, D.C. The visit will also incorporate meetings and site visits with local government procurement units in Austin, Texas, providing delegates the opportunity to observe the use of innovative procurement procedures for high-value goods and services. The visit will also provide an opportunity for U.S. industry to dialogue with the delegates and provide insight into how industry considers life-cycle cost analyses in the tender process. This activity will build on the first phase of Botswana's Procurement Assistance Program under the GPI, which took place in March 2014, during which approximately 40 officials from Botswana's Public Procurement and Asset Disposal Board (PPADB) and nine government ministries received three days of in-country training in value-based procurement, led by USTDA's GPI partner, the George Washington University Law School's Government Procurement Law Program.

For more information, please contact Lauren Ziegler, Manager for Global Programs, at lziegler@ustda.gov or at 703-875-4357.


For more information or to discuss the opportunity to participate in the GPI, please contact:

Andrea Lupo, Director for Global Programs | Biography
alupo@ustda.gov

Lauren Ziegler, Manager for Global Programs | Biography
lziegler@ustda.gov

Sarah Randolph, Manager for Global Programs | Biography
srandolph@ustda.gov

To learn more about the Government Procurement Law Program at George Washington University Law School, please visit: www.law.gwu.edu.