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The Annual Conference of the Inter-American Network on Government Procurement (INGP) is the 32-member state organization’s top dialogue and decision-making entity, as well as the premier technical forum for raising awareness about progress and developments in government procurement in Latin America and the Caribbean.

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[ Agenda XIII Annual Conference ]

8:00 – 8:45
9:00 – 10:00
Chilean National Anthem
Welcome Messages
President Michelle Bachelet 
Ministry of Finance (TBC)
Amb. Nestor Méndez, Assistant Secretary General, Organization of American States (OAS) 
Carolyn Robert, Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) Representative in Chile
Amb. Patricia Peña, Canadian Ambassador in Chile (TBC)
Trinidad Inostroza Castro, General Director ChileCompra and INGP President
10:00 – 11:30
Inauguration Panel: The strategic role of public procurement systems in the development of Latin American and Caribbean CountriesSummary of the session: 
This panel will discuss the strategic relevance of public procurement in the economic and social development of Countries. It will provide answers to questions that have been part of the public procurement debate in the past years: is Value for Money (VfM) a principle, a philosophy or an objective of public procurement? Are efficiency, efficacy and economy enough objectives to ensure VfM is achieved? Is VfM compatible with government’s aspirations to achieve secondary objectives such as gender inclusion, Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) support, environmental protection, among others? How does public procurement supports the Sustainable Development Goals? Is there any evidence that VfM translates into benefits for procurement entities and the Countries? Is it necessary to have an explicit policy that privileges VfM or is it enough that procurement entities follow a standard methodology?
Peter Trepte, KeyNote Speaker, Senior Fellow of Public Procurement Law, Nottingham University, KeyNote Speaker
Arianne Reza, Viceministra, Servicios y adquisiciones públicas, Canadá 
CONSIP representative, MMGP Expert
Paulina Nazal, General Director of International Economic Relations, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Chile
Trinidad Inostroza, General Director ChileCompra.
Jorge Bermúdez, Comptroller General of Chile, Representative of the Organization of Latin American Caribbean Supreme Audit Institutions (OLACEFS).
11:30 – 11:50
Coffee Break
11:50 – 13:00
Session 1. Methods and tools to achieve Value for Money in public procurement 
Summary of the session: Is there only one way to achieve VfM? In this session, experts and procurement practitioners will analyze how can VfM be achieved using new methods and procurement practices. It will also discuss a variety of elements that are fundamental to the VfM approach in public procurement: life cycle, net present value, expected costs and benefits, among others. Finally, it will discuss if VfM implies the consideration of non-monetary attributes and if the approach is exclusive to complex procurement. 
Moderator: Javier Davila, Procurement Specialist, Interamerican Development Bank
Sangeeta Khorana, Professor of Economics, Bournemouth University
Enzo de Laurentiis, Chief Procurement Officer, World Bank
Peter Trepte, Senior Fellow of Public Procurement Law, Nottingham University
Dag Strømsnes, Chief Procurement Officer, Agency for Public Management and eGovernment of Norway
Sungmin Kang, Director of New Technology & Service Procurement Planning Division, Korea (MMGP)Expert
UK representantive, MMGP Expert
Caribbean Islands representatives (TBC)
13:20 – 14:45
14:45 – 16:30
Session 2. Open contracting and open data as a mechanism to ensure transparency in public procurement 
Summary of the session: 
This panel will discuss the role of transparency in achieving the best VfM. It will discuss how the publication and use of structured and standardized information can contribute to increase competition and promote the participation of SMEs, to improve quality in the provision of goods and services for citizens, to prevent fraud and corruption, and to promote smart analysis to obtain better solutions to public problems. It will also analyze the trade-off between transparency and competition in public procurement. 
Moderator:Ben Petrazzini, Regional Director for Latin American and the Caribbean International Development Research Centre (IDRC) 
Paulo Magina, Head of Public Procurement Unit, Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)
Ruben Cessa, International Expert in Block Chain 
Georg Neuman, Senior Communications Manager, Open Contracting Partnership
Ana Sofia Ruiz, Regional Programme Manager-Open Contracting, HIVOS
Juan David Duque, Director, ColombiaCompra 
Eduardo Bohorquez, General Director, Mexican Transparency
16:30 – 16:50
Coffee Break
16:30 – 17:45
Session 3. Value for Society
Summary of the session: Experts will discuss fundamental issues to understand and clarify the connection between VfM and the social and economic development of Countries. Panelists with different perspectives will provide answers to questions like: how compatible is the traditional vision of VfM with the new vision of Value for Society (VfS)? Are efficiency and efficacy enough to obtain VfM? Can the incorporation of sustainability criteria contribute to achieve VfM? How can policies such as the inclusion of women, SMEs and vulnerable groups contribute to improve the VfS?
Moderator: Leslie Harper, Fiscal and Municipal Management Specialist, IDB
Dante Pesce, Expert Member, United Nations Working Group on the issue of human rights and transnational corporations and other business enterprises; Director of Centro Vincular (PUCV)
Jasbleidy Orjue, International expert, IADB external consultant
Juan Hoyos, Adviser Sustainable and Inclusive Value Chains, INTRACEN
Fabián Quiroz, Director of Costa Rica’s public procurement entity
Yokasta Guzmán, Director of procurement of Dominican Republic
Cecile Maragh, Director of procurement of Jamaica
End of sessions day 1
9:00 – 10:30
Session 4. Is integrity a good business for public procurement?
Summary of the session: This panel will discuss the fundamentals of integrity on public procurement. It will analyze different alternatives to ensure proper monitoring on the use of public resources. It will also discuss how Latin American and Caribbean Countries have solved the trade-off between efficiency on public spending and integrity on public procurement. Does the focus on integrity and due process inhibits or promotes better results on public procurement? How does coordination between audit institutions and procurement agencies promote integrity and efficiency on public procurement? 
Moderator: Silverio Zebral, Technical Secretariat of the INGP / Chief of Government Innovation Unit, OAS
Eduardo Bohorquez, General Director, Mexican Transparency
TBD, Mechanism for Follow-Up on the Implementation of the Inter-American Convention against         Corruption (MESICIC), OAS
Daniel Tanis, Research Assistant, Cambridge University
Santiago Jure, Paraguay’s public procurement entity 
Daniel García, General Coordinator of ACCE, Uruguay
Trinidad Inostroza, Directora ChileCompra
10:30 – 11:00
Coffee Break
11:00 – 12:30
Session 5. The Digital Economy and the incorporation of technology in public procurement 
Summary of the session: Digital networks, communications infrastructure, and technological solutions provide a global platform where the different stakeholders of the procurement system create strategies, interact, communicate, collaborate and do business. This panel discusses how, in the context of the digital economy, the development and implementation of technological solutions for public procurement has contributed to achieve fundamental objectives for society such as efficiency, efficacy, transparency, competition and impartiality. 
Moderator: George Lever, Director of the Center for the Study of Digital Economy, Santiago Chamber of Commerce      
Luiz Ros, Digital Economy Initiative, IDB.
Alex Pessó Stoulman, Legal Director and Corporate Affairs Manager, Microsoft-Chile.  
Ben Koberna, representative of
Oracle América Latina, TBC
Paulo Cunha, Public Sector Leader, Amazon 
Cassiano de Souza Alves, Deputy Secretary of Management, Government of Brazil. 
Craig Milley, Cayman Islands procurement entity representantive
12:30 – 14:00
14:00 – 15:30
Session 6. National experiences in achieving the best Value for Money
Summary of the session: Guided by experts on the subject, a group of procurement practitioners will discuss their experiences in achieving VfM in public procurement. They will talk about the practices and mechanisms that Latin American and Caribbean Countries have developed to put VfM into practice and the valuable lessons they have learned to avoid costly mistakes. They will discuss topics like innovation in public procurement, inclusion policies, evaluations, performance indicators, observatories and other monitoring tools. 
Moderador: Trinidad Inostroza Castro, General Director ChileCompra and INGP President.
Carlos Mauricio Ortiz, Expert
TBD, Expert
Edelmira de Molina, Director of Public Procurement Agency of El Salvador 
Lorna Prosper, Director General, Public Services and Procurement, Canada 
Mexico’s representative
Blythe Muro, President OSCE Perú  
Janice Worrell, Director of Barbados public procurement entity
Miguel Encarnación, Director of Puerto Rico’s public procurement entity
15:30 – 16:00
Coffee Break
16:00 – 17:00
Conclusions and next steps
Summary of the session: The moderators will present the conclusions, results and recommendations of each panel.
Peter Trepte,  Universidad de Nottingham 
Javier Dávila, Especialista BID
Ben Petrazzini, IDRC (TBC)
Leslie Harper, BID
Silverio Zebral, OEA
George Lever, Santiago Chamber of Commerce
Trinidad Inostroza, Presidenta RICG
17:00 – 17:30
Closing Ceremony
End of public sessions

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