Veljko Sikirica and Allan Rotman will lead the discussion. Veljko is an ILI Course Advisor, Faculty at Belgrde University and the University of Rome, and formerly of the Inter-American Development Bank and European Bank for Reconstruction and Development. Allan is an ILI Course Advisor, a Governance, Leadership and Procurement Consultant for the USAID Global Health and Supply Chain Program, and formerly a Lead Procurement Specialist at the World Bank.
Main topics of discussion include:
(1) Key lessons and observations on the COVID to date
- Emergency response now moving, but no guarantees that supplies will meet demand
- Supply of personal protection equipment (PPE) is slowly normalizing
- Quantifying how much is enough is only an estimate
- In many countries amount of financing is still a constraint
- Procurement and negotiations are still time-consuming processes with suppliers
- Does the daily communication and media flow help or hinder?
(2) What to plan for next: testing and/or a second wave?
- Interviews and case studies across several countries
- Is re-use of PPE a practical option
- What are your priorities in procurement for next 6-9 months?
- World Bank is now implementing COVID-19 financing operations
- Data is being shared with countries - e.g. transparency and pricing are improving
- Supplier’s performances are still to be proven
- Have you been able to organize multiple suppliers to decrease risks?
- What about staffing and hiring process (btw -this is a procurement process)
- What about managing stress?
(3) How to help in the future
- Continue to provide continuing professionalization of experienced staff
- Learning across different country contexts
- Self-reliance and new initiatives: what learning do you need to create local suppliers?
- What challenges do you have to bring together diverse participants/ different layers of management
How to register
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