Signing of MoU with Pune Smart City Development Corporation Limited (PSCDCL)

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Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between Pune Smart City Development Corporation Ltd. (PSCDCL) and Global Compact Network India (GCNI) – https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B-KTs9PrCOWNMHBySDZLZ0JmbVk/view?usp=sharing

An MoU was signed with the Pune Smart City Development Corporation Limited (PSCDCL) entering into a five-year Memorandum of Understanding with GCNI for providing advisory service on governance and compliance to the special purpose vehicle (‘SPV’) created for the purpose of the Project, inclusive of a customised IT solution for governance and compliance and Advisory on Public Private Partnership. The MoU is effective from 1st July 2016 to 20th June 2021.  The non-commercial MoU will ensure that PSCDCL operates in an effective and efficient manner, and attracts best investment to realise its mission.  This tremendous achievement of ours was also mentioned on different media portals.

In the succeeding months, GCNI and its knowledge partners came up with the timelines and the scope of work of the project, which have been crystallized through subsequent meetings and will remain dynamic in the 1st year of the Project.


CEGET – Collective Action Conference - Basel, Switzerland

Ms. Shabnam Siddiqui, Director, CEGET with other delegates

CEGET – Collective Action Conference was held on 20-21st October 2016 at Basel, Switzerland.

The Conference addressed the latest developments in research and practice on anti-corruption through high-level panel discussions, workshops and key note speeches with distinguished experts and practitioners.  Ms. Shabnam Siddiqui, Director, CEGET, shared examples from UN-GCNI in the area of Public Procurement and other processes that can be supported by open data and collective action.


19th Anti-Corruption Working Group Meeting - New York, United States of America

Ms. Shabnam Siddiqui, Director, CEGET at UN Headquarter, New York

The 19th Anti-Corruption Working Group Meeting was held on Wednesday, 7th December 2016, at New York, USA.

The Working Group meeting provided a space for exchanging good practices and sharing experiences on specific topics such as Anti-Corruption, Collective Action and the use of ICT, including innovative e-solutions and other web-based platforms to promote transparency.  Ms. Shabnam Siddiqui, Director – Centre of Excellence for Governance, Ethics and Transparency (CEGET), represented CEGET and was part of the meeting.


Mid-Term Evaluation Report - Global Compact Network India (UN-GCNI)

An MoU was signed between CEGET and HUCOS Advisors on Wednesday 28th December 2016, to come out with a Mid –Term Evaluation Report.

The Mid-Term Evaluation Report will cover the activities and interventions undertaken by UN Global Compact Network India (UN-GCNI), under the Siemens Integrity Initiative (SII) supported project – ‘Center of Excellence (COE) for Strengthening Transparency and Ethics in Business’. This Mid-Term Evaluation Report provides an assessment and highlights the work undertaken by CEGET under this project, during a 19 month period from 1st March 2015 till 30th September 2016.


Transparency International, Germany - State Owned Enterprises Working Group Meeting, London, England

Transparency International, Germany hosted a State Owned Enterprises Working Group Meeting in February 2017 at London, England.  Ms. Shabnam Siddiqui, Director – Centre of Excellence for Governance, Ethics and Transparency (CEGET), represented CEGET and was part of this meeting.


Signing of an MoU and Developing a Proof of Concept Report (POC)

An MoU was signed with Procube Project Consultants LLP on Thursday, 16th February 2017, in order to develop a POC Report.

The objective for developing a POC is to provide a platform for dialogue and communication, and further to propose a structural framework for implementable actions, which will serve as a business case/model for transparency and anti-corruption in the Government of India’s Smart Cities Project/Initiative.  Once completed, the POC Report will provide a standardized framework of governance and transparency that would be adaptable by other cities, while implementing smart cities ideas.


White Paper on Procurement – Business Recommendations for Public Procurement Policy in India

Procurement is an activity of finding, acquiring, buying goods, services or works from an external source, through tendering or competitive bidding process. It is an integral part of governance and financial management system of any country and it accounts for a substantial amount of global and national expenditure.

Through this White Paper, CEGET has identified eight core areas for seeking business recommendation that were arrived at through research and consultation, and shared with relevant stakeholders in the Government. The eight core areas are: Coverage, Competition, Procurement of Proprietary Items, Sole Suppliers and Single Tenders, Transparency, Market Access, Grievance Redressal, Probity and Sustainable Public Procurement.

To access our White Paper –  Business Recommendations for Public Procurement Policy in India:

WHITE-PAPER-Business-Recommendations-for-Public-Procurement-Policy-in-India-CEGET.pdf


Afghanistan – Procurement Law 2008

Afghanistan – Procurement Law 2008

Afghanistan passed its legislation governing procurement in 2008 with certain amendments being brought in 2009.

The purposes of this Law are as stated: – ensuring transparency in procurement proceedings; – [to have] effective control of financial affairs and public expenditure; – ensuring economy [best value for money] in the procurement of goods, works and services; – providing tendering opportunities for participation to all eligible bidders in procurement proceedings.

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Incorporating Business Responses in Public Procurement Legislative Development in India

CEGET has taken up a study to critically analyse the pending Procurement Bill in the Parliament from the stand point of business. Apart from analyzing the Indian Bill, CEGET would also do a comparative analysis with the laws in other countries and international organisations like U.K., China, EU among others. The aim is to come up with a policy solution paper to be submitted to the Parliament recommending changes that would make the bill a little more supportive to their benefits.

The strategy followed is for a draft paper to be prepared by an expert, leading into a national dialogue, out of which would emerge good practices of industry in procurement and finally a policy solution that the central and state governments could implement.


Legatrix for Smart Cities

Objective: To achieve sustainability with evolving benchmarks of Governance – Transparency and Compliances

Key Focus Areas:

  1. Focus on Procurement Related Compliances during Development to Commissioning Phase of Smart Cities
  2. Setting up SPV Compliances
  3. Statutory Functions Obligations – Mandatory Functions and Discretionary Functions
  4. Micro Level Visibility and Macro Level Sustainability – Utilities, Healthcare and Sanitation
  5. Citizens’ Charter: creating Citizens as beneficiaries

Advantages:

  • No Political interference
  • Cost of Compliance < Cost of Non Compliance
  • Sustainability (No further revocation by Courts inclusive governance)

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