6th Global Procurement Summit (GPS 2021)

AIMA conducted virtually the 6th Global Procurement Summit 2021(GPS) in partnership with Ministry of Finance, Government of India, the World Bank and Asian Development Bank on  3-4 February 2021 . The theme of the summit was “Procurement can be enabler for COVID-19 Emergency Responses” GPS 2021 focuses on impact of COVID-19 on procurement and supply management functions and come out with recommendations for way forward.

The Summit was honored by the presence of Honorable Minister of State,  Mr. Pratap Chandra Sarangi, Ministry of Micro, Small & Mediun Enterprise, Mr. Junaid Kamal Ahmad, Country Director-India, World Bank, Mr. Takeo Konishi Country Director- Asian Development Bank, Mr Baldeo Purushartha, , Joint Secretary, Department of Economic Affairs, Ministry of Finance, Ms. Sanjay Aggarwal, Advisor, Procurement Policy Division, Ministry of Finance, Mr Rajeev Kandpal, Joint Secretary & CFO, Government e Marketplace and Ms Eliza Niewiadomska, Senior Counsel, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development.

AIMA also had the pleasure of having International experts like Mr.Jeff Taylor, Procurement Director, Asian Development Bank, Mr Steve Guppy, Procurement Director, Crown Agents, Ms Anna Hebert preventive services World Bank, Mr.Mihály Fazekas from University of Cambridge,   Maurice Diamond, PPP Expert, IPATS, London, Mr Ashutosh  Dutta, Senior scientist and 5G Chief Strategist, Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (JHU/APL), USA, Ms. Elmas Arisoy, Practice Manager, Solution and Innovation in Procurement, World Bank and Prof Prashant Yadav, Center for Global Development, Washington DC.

Ms. Deepika Khinhal, Senior resident fellow, Vidhi Centre for legal policy, K.R.M Rao, Executive Director, GAIL, Ms. Pratibha Jain, founding partner, of Nishith Desai Associates, Mr. K Rajendran, Chief Vigilance Officer, Cochin Shipyards, Ms Bernaine Fernz, Global head of infrastructure, of Open Contracting Partnership (UK), Gaurav Godwani, Co-Founder and Director, of Civic Data Lab (India), Ms Yamini Sarangi, Managing Director , of Odisha State Medical Corporation, Mr Mayank Mehrotra, Director, from Deloitte India Consulting, Mr Amandeep Singh, PPP Expert, Mr Vikash Kumar Sharda, Partner, Infranomics Consulting LLP, Mr Ajay Kumar, Director, DFCCI, Mr B.B Mishra, VP & Head Supply Chain, Larson & Toubro Construction, Mr Kanwal Preet, Director, Public Procurement Division, Ministry of Finance and Mr Vinod G Pillai, Vice President (Sourcing), HLL Life Care Limited were some of the other speakers for the plenary sessions of the summit.

The summit was well attended by more than 1000 delegates from more than five countries. The topical themes and in-depth discussions were highly appreciated by the delegates, while focusing on the various domains and areas where procurement can act as an enabler for Covid 19 response and recovery, and reconfiguring the procurement function for the next normal.

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