Tuesday 9 May 2017

Public Procurement: Is Open Competition Good for SMEs?

Jean Monnet Auditorium Level 0, Filoxenia Press Centre

The EBRD Legal Transition Programme and SME Finance & Development Group invite the EBRD Annual Meeting participants to engage in a discussion regarding small business access to public contracts.
A panel discussion: Public procurement: Is open competition good for SMEs? will explore policy issues around facilitating SMEs participation in public tenders and providing small business with growth opportunities arising from delivering contracts for municipalities and local government.  
The event will also launch a research report describing policy dilemmas regarding engaging local small businesses in bidding for public contracts and showcasing competitive online bidding systems in Cyprus, Italy and Ukraine that successfully created new business opportunities to local SMEs.
The event is open to all participants of the EBRD 2017 Annual Meeting and Business Forum. Speakers invited to the panel include Mrs Rea Georgiou, Accountant General of the Treasury of the Republic of Cyprus, Mr Olexandr Starodubtsev, Director of the Public Procurement Department of the Ministry
of Economic Development and Trade of Ukraine, Philippos Katranis, Head of Public Procurement Directorat at the Treasury of the Republic of Cyprus and Professor Ioannis Kokkoris, Chair in Law and Economics at the Queen Mary University of London.

The event is open to all Annual Meeting participants. However due to capacity restrictions at the event venue, please contact Hannah Orpin, orpinh@ebrd.com if you wish to attend.

Public procurement: Is open competition good for SMEs? panel will be followed by a lunch in the Marquee from 13:00 - 14:00.

View or download the publication Public Procurement: Is Open Competition Good for SMEs?

Moderator

Michel Nussbaumer

Director, Legal Transition, EBRD

Speakers

Marie-Anne Birken

General Counsel, EBRD

Rea Georgiou

Accountant General, Treasury

Philippos Katranis

Head of Public Procurement Directorate, Treasury

Ioannis Kokkoris

Professor, Queen Mary University London

Anna Carolin Müller

Legal Affais Officer, WTO Secretariat

Charlotte Ruhe

Head of SME F & D, ASB, EBRD

Oleksandr Starodubtsev

Director, Public Procurement Department, Ministry of Economic Development and Trade

Marie-Anne Birken

General Counsel, EBRD

Marie-Anne Birken was appointed General Counsel at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) in June 2014.  Ms Birken is a member of the Executive Committee and various other committees of the Bank. Ms Birken joined EBRD from the Asian Development Bank where she was The Secretary and previously served as Deputy General Counsel and as Assistant General Counsel responsible for private sector operations. Ms Birken has extensive emerging markets experience and lived and worked in Asia from 1995 until 2014. She was previously a partner in two international law firms and held the position of regional general counsel at Barclays Bank where she supported corporate banking activities in Asia, the Middle East and Africa. Ms Birken is a Dutch national; she has a Master’s degree in law from the University of Utrecht and also qualified as a solicitor in England & Wales.

 

Rea Georgiou

Accountant General, Treasury

Rea Georgiou is a chartered accountant, Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW). Mrs Georgiou is in charge of the Treasury of the Republic of Cyprus. She previously served as Deputy Accountant General. Mrs Georgiou has more than 30 years of experience in the public and private sector. She worked in an audit firm in London before returning to Cyprus is 1985 where she worked in a public company as Financial Manager. She joined the Treasury of the Republic in 1987 serving in various posts. She is the chairman of the Cyprus Public Audit Oversight Board, the Loan Commissioners and the Cyprus Children Fund Committee. She is also the treasurer of the Independent Social Support Body, and a member of the Archbishop Makarios III Foundation Cultural Centre, of the Executive Board of the Cyprus Olympic Committee and of the Board of Trustees of Mitsis Commercial School at Lemithou.

Philippos Katranis

Head of Public Procurement Directorate, Treasury

Philippos Katranis has been in charge of development, management and operation of the public procurement system in Cyprus as a Head of Public Procurement Directorate at the Treasury of the Republic of Cyprus. Prior to this Mr Katranis was heading the eProcurement and Framework Agreements Unit and Project Manager responsible for the introduction and implementation eProcurement System in Cyprus. In addition, he oversaw the introduction of Framework Agreements and electronic catalogues in Cyprus. Before joining the Treasury of the Republic of Cyprus, Philippos Katranis for five years worked as an auditor in the multinational accounting firm. Mr Katranis is a certified accountant (ACCA) and holds a degree in Public and Business Administration from the University of Cyprus.

Ioannis Kokkoris

Professor, Queen Mary University London

Professor Ioannis Kokkoris is also the Executive Director of the Institute of Global Law, Economics and Finance. His main research interests are in the area of law and economics, comparative competition law/economics and policy, public procurement law, as well as financial regulation. Professor Kokkoris has formerly served as Principal Case Officer at the Office of Fair Trading, UK. He has also worked on competition advocacy and in particular in relation to how governments can ensure public procurement is effective and ensures markets remain competitive. He has previously worked at the European Commission and the Federal Trade Commission, USA. Professor Kokkoris has led and worked on funded policy and capacity building projects by the World Bank, the European Commission, the OSCE and other international institutions.

Anna Carolin Müller

Legal Affais Officer, WTO Secretariat

Anna Caroline Müller is an experienced Legal Affairs Officer in the government procurement team of the WTO’s Intellectual Property Division. She works extensively with transition and developing countries interested in GPA accession, often in co-operation with other international institutions supporting procurement reform in the economies concerned. She publishes on a regular basis on topics related to government procurement and competition policy at the international level. She is a fully qualified lawyer admitted to the bar in Germany and to the roll of solicitors in England and Wales. Prior to joining the WTO in June 2011, she practiced law in the Commercial Litigation & Arbitration section of Clifford Chance‘s Frankfurt office. She is fluent in English, French and Spanish.

Michel Nussbaumer

Director, Legal Transition, EBRD

Michel Nussbaumer is Director of the EBRD Legal Transition Team, dealing with policy dialogue and technical assistance in the commercial law sector. Previously, Michel worked for almost three years as counsel in one of the banking operations teams, where he was responsible for legal aspects of various investments of the Bank, with a particular focus on SME financing. Mr Nussbaumer has practiced as a commercial lawyer in Geneva, Moscow and London. A Swiss national, he received his first law degree from the University of Fribourg, followed by a Master’s Degree in Law from the University of California at Berkeley. He also was a visiting scholar at Moscow State University.

Charlotte Ruhe

Head of SME F & D, ASB, EBRD

Charlotte Ruhe is the Director, Financial Products, within the SME Finance & Development Group of EBRD. In a 25-year career in the Bank, she has been responsible for the past seven years for leading the Advice for Small Businesses team providing Know How to small and medium-sized enterprises across 26 EBRD countries of operation. As Director, Financial Products, Charlotte will continue to be responsible for preparing to enter new markets, product development and portfolio management. Charlotte joined the EBRD as Advisor to the Director for the United States in 1992, and moved to the EBRD Financial Institutions Team in 1995. In 2005, Charlotte moved to Zagreb as Director for Croatia until 2010. She has an MA in International Economics from Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies and a BA in Journalism and Political Science from Indiana University.

Oleksandr Starodubtsev

Director, Public Procurement Department, Ministry of Economic Development and Trade

Prior to joining the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade of Ukraine (MEDT) as the Head of the public procurement department, Olexandr started an initiative aimed at reforming the public procurement sector. Later on this initiative received the name of "Prozorro"(full-service electronic public procurement system created to build a modern, efficient and transparent public procurement system in Ukraine). Olexandr joined the MEDT in April 2015 in order to speed up the reform in the public procurement sector in Ukraine. In less than a year a new electronic system was developed, all necessary legislation was adopted, and all relevant stakeholders were trained and prepared for switching to fully electronic procurement owing to a perfect team of professionals and support from the Deputy Minister Maksym Nefyodov. Later in 2016 Prozorro has been recognised worldwide, winning several distinctive awards. Moreover, Prozorro became an inspirational example for other reforms in Ukraine.