Project supported attendance of MEDT officials at International Public Procurement Conference

The Project organised attendance of the 8th International Conference “Public Procurement: Global Revolution”, held on 12 and 13 June 2017 in Nottingham, for four delegates from Ukraine.


Four delegates from Ukraine, including two officials from the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade and top two graduates of the Project’s Training of Trainers programme, attended the major annual Public Procurement Conference in Nottingham – the world’s renowned centre of public procurement expertise and the founder of one of the first e-procurement platforms in the EU. The initiative was organised and funded by the EU Project as part of itstraining and institution building activities in regard to public procurement.

The Conference programme covered topics of particular relevance for Ukrainian public procurement stakeholders in view of the current developments in the system. The group of Ukrainian officials and attendants learnt about procurement in the health sector, defence procurement issues, expanding the GPA membership and the WTO’s work on procurement, remedies and enforcement in EU, education and professionalisation in public procurement, access for SMEs under EU and UK legal rules, practical issues of e-procurement. The Conference also looked at the legal and market implications of BREXIT for procurement regulation in the UK and EU.

The Conference was organised by the University of Nottingham in cooperation with the World Trade Organisation, the International Federation of Purchasing and Supply, the Centre for Public Procurement, the Public-Private Partnerships Poland and others. The event is annually attended by policy-makers, lawyers and practitioners from the main international organisations involved in procurement regulation and the world leading professors and researchers.