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.

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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


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

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Governance in Smart Cities: The Public Partnership Way

Key Takeaways:

  • Simplified but Transparent PPP mechanism for smart cities
  • Strategizing for Research in Urban Planning and Sustainable Revenue Models
  • Public Sector Readiness: Legal and Institutional Framework
  • Public Sector Readiness: Capacity Building
  • Private Sector Readiness: Access to Finance
  • Private Sector Readiness: Local Industry Development and Trade Reform
  • Civil Society Readiness: Transparency and Anti- corruption
  • Civil Society Readiness: Communication, Information and Participation

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