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Pilot Joint Learning Study Integrity in Public Procurement in Morocco Elodie Beth, AdministratorOECD Public Governance and Territorial Development Directorate
What is a Joint Learning Study An in-depth assessment of in a country aiming at : • Highlighting the achievements, good practices and progress made • Identifying the strengths and weaknesses, opportunities and challenges • Providing proposals for action to decision makers Initiated to respond to a government request – A pilot project with Morocco Focused on a timely and critical issue for the government – Reforming public procurement as part of the wider efforts to enhance integrity in the public service
What is a Joint Learning Study • Objective review : • Assessment and proposals for action are provided to Morocco by “peers”, government officials with practical experience in public procurement, with the support of the OECD Secretariat. • A balanced approach: • Perspectives from Arab and OECD countries with various systems to provide options for reform for the country being reviewed – Canada, Dubai/EAU and France • Joint Learning for country and peer reviewers: Share with other countries their experience and good practices Learn from other countries’ practices and approaches • Quality: • Review methodology and analytical framework that build on OECD work on integrity in public procurement
Analytical Framework The Checklist for Enhancing Integrity in Public Procurement Aim: Guiding policy-makers at central government level in instilling a culture of integrity in public procurement Focus: Addressing the whole public procurement cycle, from needs assessment to contract management and payment Good governance approach: Promoting elements of transparency, good management, resistance to corruption, accountability and control Methodology: A policy instrument building on good practices from OECD countries and beyond (e.g. Dubai, India, South Africa, etc.)
Putting the results of the Moroccan study into perspective Demonstrates common trends in Morocco, as well as in OECD countries: • A decree that is in line with international standards, the main challenge is the implementation • Risks in pre and post-bidding phases • Importance of putting more efforts into the professionalisation of public procurement
Joint Learning Process in Morocco Joint Learning Study on Integrity In Public Procurement in Morocco Analysis Interviews Questionnaire Research • Transparency? • Good management of public resources? • Resistance to corruption? • Accountability and control?
Question for discussion • What are the recent developments in your country to enhance transparency and integrity in public procurement? • How could a joint learning study help you in enhancing integrity in public procurement in your country? • How can the Checklist and other instruments of the OECD support reform efforts in the Middle East and North African region?