General Assembly

About APPN General Assembly

The first APPN General Assembly to be hosted by the Government of Senegal in November 2019 will aim at achieving its overarching goal of providing the heads of public procurement and other key stakeholders of the APPN member countries a platform of learning and networking.

The General Assembly is intended to give an opportunity to the participants to learn from one another, and from experienced procurement officials/experts from the countries with well-functioning public procurement systems. They will learn about the latest developments in public procurement, including, among others, innovative public procurement tools such as Electronic Government Procurement (e-GP), Public Private Partnership (PPP), professionalization of public procurement and capacity building, and sustainable procurement.

General Assembly Theme

During the last decades, the APPN member countries have made good progress in developing their public procurement systems, but they are at different levels in regard to the legal and regulatory framework, including procedures and practices related to PPP, electronic Government Procurement( e-GP), and sustainable procurement. With a view of sharing successful experiences, the theme of the General Assembly in Dakar will be “Innovative Approaches to Public Procurement “.

Event Schedule

Here is our event schedule

African Public Procurement Network
First General Assembly – Innovative Approaches to Public Procurement
Dakar, November 14-17, 2019

Welcome cocktail

All Delegates


Hostesses/Senegal Public Procurement (ARMP)


Welcome Speech by Chairman of the African Public Procurement Network

Mr. Saer Niang

Public Procurement Network Opening Remarks by Sponsors

Mr. Vinay Sharma, Global Director, Procurement, the World Bank
Mr. Frank MVULA, Director of Fiduciary Services and Inspection Department, African Development Bank

Opening speech

Senegalese Authority


Public Procurement – Future Economic and Social Impact

Mr. Vinay Sharma, Global Director, Procurement, the World Bank

Keynote Speech:Public procurement and sustainable development

Mr. Bogdan Puscas, President, National Procurement Agency, Romania


Panel Discussion: Disruptive technologies and their impact on public procurement

Moderator : Ms. Hiba Tahboub, Procurement Practice Manager, the World Bank
Speaker : Mr. Md. Faruque Hossain Executive Chairman ( Secretary)National Skill Development Authority (NSDA) Prime Minister’s Office
Government of Bangladesh
Discussants : Dr. Ramona Apostol, Senior Researcher at Corvers Procurement Services, The Netherlands
Mr. Hunt La Cascia, Senior Procurement Specialist (e-GP), The World Bank
Dr. Baye S. Diop, ARMP Senegal


Panel Discussion: Use of innovative procurement tools improve public procurement performance

The discussion will revolve around how the artificial intelligence could transform procurement, electronic procurement; Framework Agreements; electronic collection and use of data for performance measurement; open contract data, etc)

Moderator : M. Aftar Touré Morou, Secrétariat technique du RACOP (Directeur général, ARMP, Togo)

Speaker: : Dr. Ramona Apostol, Senior Researcher at Corvers Procurement Services, The Netherlands
Panelists : Mrs. Oumou Kalsom Ndiaye, President, Modelsis – Mr. Moustapha Y. Guèye, Telecom Engineer
● Mr. Bogdan Puscas, President, National Procurement Agency, Romania

Panel Discussion: Professionalization and capacity building of procurement workforce – essential for efficiency gains

Moderator : Mrs. Neila Myriam Conté Procurement Division Manager for North, West, Central Regions Fiduciary and Inspection Department
African Development Bank (AfDB)

Conférenciers: Mr. Benouna Larbi, Président of SETYM INTL, Canada – Professor Laurence Folliot Lalliot, University of Paris, Nanterre

PANELISTS : Nigeria – Cameroon – Mauritania
Mr. Md. Faruque Hossain Executive Chairman ( Secretary) National Skill Development Authority (NSDA) Prime Minister’s Office Government of Bangladesh


IPanel Discussion: Importance of Public Private Partnership (PPP) to public service delivery

Moderator : Mr. Felipe Goya, Procurement Practice Manager, the World Bank
Panelists : M. Pradeep Singh, PPP, India – M. Frédéric Choquette, PPP Specialist Canada – Professor Laurence Folliot Lalliot, University of Paris Nanterre, – Al hassan Diop, Director of Sustainable Procurement – South Africa


Panel Discussion: Environmentally and Socially Responsible Procurement

Moderator: Mr. José Luis Alfaro, Head of Procurement, European Investment Bank
Speaker:Dr. Ramona Apostol, Senior Researcher at Corvers Procurement Services, The Netherlands
Panelists : Uganda – ARMP Senegal: Mrs Takia Fall, Director, Regulation and Law Affairs – Mr. Basil Jones, Gender Program and Policy Coordinator, AfDB – Professor Laurence Folliot Lalliot, Smart Cities and Public Procurement – Dr. Eric KY, Chief, Public Procurement Reform Division, WAEMU

Using Open Contracting Data to Achieve Better Infrastructure & Service Delivery

Resource Persons: Ms.Lindsey Marchessault, Director of Data & Engagement, Open Contracting Partnership – Ms. Carey KLUTTZ. Head of Country Programs, Open Contracting Partnership – Ms. Idah Chella, Acting Director General, Zambia Public Procurement Authority – Mr. Benson Turamye, Executive Director of PPDA, Uganda


Three countries will showcase their successful use of innovative tools in their public procurement. Some topics to be selected from are: electronic procurement; professionalization and capacity building; public procurement performance measurement; public procurement monitoring including performance measurement; use of open contract data, etc.

Moderator : Mr. Ely Mahjoub, Director-General, ARMP Mauritania (Coordinator APPN Executive Committee)

Panel Members : Egypt – Ivory Coast – Morocco (e-GP) – ARMP Senegal: Mrs.. Poulméry Ba, Training and Technical Support Director

Panel Discussion: Methodology for Assessing Procurement Systems (MAPS II) – Mechanics and Benefits

Moderator: Mr. Paulo Magina, Head Procurement Unit, Public Sector Integrity Section, OECD
Speaker : Prof Dobrosav Milosovenic, University of Belgrade
Discussant : Mr. Ashraf Ayad, Lead Procurement Policy, AfDB

Working Groups – Rules and Expectations

Chair: Mr. Ibrahim Alassane Ba, President, ARMP Mali

Closing speech for the high level Forum on procurement

Mr. Vinay Sharma, Global Director, Procurement World Bank
Mr. Frank MVULA, Director of Fiduciary Services and Inspection Department
Hon. Sarah Adwoa Safo, Ministre déléguée des Marchés publics du Ghana
Mr. Abdoulaye Diouf Sarr, Minister of Health, Senegal

Opening Speech by Mr Vinay Sharma

FIVE WORKING GROUPS  : Each Group will discuss and formulate three implementable actions on the topics as follows :

  • Group 1: How to make APPN an effective platform of knowledge exchange, learning and networking

  • Group 2: Professionalization and capacity building

  • Group 3: Gender equality in public procurement

  • Group 4: Use of technology for public procurement

  • Group 5: Harmonization of public procurement, including standards, documents, etc.

Each group will comprise the representatives of the member countries in the subregional networks as follows :
Group 1 – Subregional Network East
Group 2 – Subregional Network West
Group 3 – Subregional Network North
Group 4 – Subregional Network South
Group 5 – Subregional Network Center

Each Group will elect a chair/moderator and a rapporteur

Moderator: Mr. Youssouf Sakho, Consultant Former Director General, ARMP Senegal


Groups report to the plenary

The Technical Secretariat will record the recommendations and convert them into regional and subregional action plans.



  • Presentation of technical and financial report, and discussions (Technical Secretary, APPN)

  • Adoption of Regulation

  • Election of new Chair

  • Identification of host country for the Second General Assembly and selection of theme


  • Final communique

  • Expression of thanks

  • Closing speech by Saer Niang, Director General, Senegal Public Procurement

  • Speech by new Chair of the Network

  • Clément AHOSSI, Procurement Division Manager for Eastern and Southern Regions, AfDB

  • Neila Myriam Conté, Procurement Division Manager for North, West, Central Regions

  • Hiba Tahboub, Procurement Manager (Africa – East), The World Bank

  • Felipe Goya, Procurement Manager (Africa – West), The World Bank

  • Hon. Sarah Adwoa Safo ( MP), Minister for Public Procurement, Ghana

  • Closing speech by Senegalese Authority


Outgoing And Incoming Network Chairs


Public Procurement Institute (IRMAP)








Event Venue

Event venue location info and gallery


Legendary hospitality. Diversity of landscapes for nature lovers. Ethnic diversity for boundless creativity. Juxtaposition of colors, sounds, dances … A land of inspiration. Pointe des Almadies, in the peninsula of Cape Verde


Her are some nearby hotels

Hotel 1

Hotel King Fahd Palace


Pointe Des Almadies
BP 8181, Dakar Senegal
Tel: (+221) 33 869 69 69 – FAX: 33 869 69 24

Hotel 2

Hotel Pullman


Address: 10 Rue Colbert , Dakar 10200
Telephone: (+221) 33 889 22 00

Hotel 3

Hotel Fleur de Lys Almadies


Road of the Almadies Point – BP 2302 Dakar
Tel: (+221) 33 869 86 87
Fax: (+221) 33 820 74 20

Hotel 1

Yaas Hotel Dakar Almadies


Road of the Almadies; BP 16,144 Dakar
Tel: (+221) 33 859 07 00
FIXED: +221 33 859 07 03

Hotel 2

Fana Hotel Almadies Route


BP 8921 Dakar YOFF
Te: +221 33 820 06 / + 220 86 30
Fax: +221 33 820 69 69

Hotel 3

Madamel Residence


Address: Almadies, Road of Méridien
President Roade des Almadies, Dakar 24561
Telephone: (+221) 33 869 59 64

Conference Documents

Please download the slides for the different sessions.

Md. Faruque Hossain

Disruptive technology and their impact in Public Procurement

Technology Can be disruptive that displaces Solutions, Processes, Societal practices that maintained for long time may even be more than a decade

Dr. Ramona Apostol

Use of innovative procurement tools

Public procurement is ‘the tool’ that enables potential buyers to steer industry R&I to its needs. However, it is under-used in EU.



La commande publique représente l’ensemble des contrats publics qui sont passés par l’État (Ministère, Collectivité territoriale, institution publique, etc.)

Prof. Laurence Folliot Lalliot

Commande publique responsable : une solution adaptée aux enjeux africains

Un levier essentiel pour répondre aux problématiques africaines : démographie, urbanisation, transports, assainissement, chômage, énergie, essor des PME

Dr. Ramona Apostol

Sustainable procurement in the European Union

GPP is “a process whereby public authorities seek to procure goods, services and works with a reduced environmental impact throughout their life cycle when compared to goods, services and works with the ”

Prof. Dobrosav Bata Milovanovic

MAPS II – Mechanics and Benefits

African Public Procurement Network – First General Assembly – Innovative Approaches to Public Procurement – MAPS II – Mechanics and Benefits

Dr.Baye Samba DIOP

Le cadre juridique de la dématérialisation des marchés publics

Le cadre juridique de la dématérialisation des marchés publics au Sénégal face aux opportunités de la Blockchain.

All Delegates

Disruptive technologies and their Impact on Public Procurement

Disruptive technologies and their Impact on Public Procurement

Paulo Magina

The NEW MAPS: Experiences from assessing public procurement systems

Public procurement matters for effective public service delivery

Paulo Magina

The NEW MAPS: Experiences from assessing public procurement systems

Public procurement matters for effective public service delivery

Prof. Laurence Folliot Lalliot

Les Types de Partenariats Public Privé

Points communs de tous les PPP : des contrats, de longue durée, qui visent à réaliser un bien ou une activité à caractère public

Khalid Nofal

Governement Contracting System Modernization (Procurement System)

Set clear mandate for developing an institutional arrangements that ensures consistency in overall policy formulation and implementation

Prof. Laurence Folliot Lalliot

Solutions pour la professionnalisation de la commande publique en Afrique ?

Des Problèmes systémiques faibles compétences des acheteurs Une Aversion aux risques un nouveau contexte des réformes récentes, politiques stratégiques d’achats publics, Outils numériques

Pradeep Singh

Public Private Partnerships & Procurement

Private Capital is Neither Necessary nor Sufficient for Successful Public Private Partnerships

Poulmery BA NIANG

Autorite de Regulation des Marches publics – professionnalisation des acteurs de la commande publique

Professionnalisation des acteurs de la commande publique

Kossonou Koko Olivier

Innovation dans les marches publics en Cote d’Ivoire

Dematerialisation : Evolution du cadre juridique


  • The conference is scheduled for Thursday, November 14 from 08:00 to Sunday, November 17 at 16:00.
  • The conference will be held in two languages, with simultaneous translation: English and French.

  • Registration for the conference will be by invitation or by express written request to the President or APPN Technical Secretariat.
    Sponsored delegates are asked to confirm their arrival in Dakar before October 30 at the address below:

    BAO Amadou Logistics and Public Affairs Manager
    +221 76 529 04 65

    Accompanied delegates must subscribe to an application for registration before October 25th. Effective participation in the work requires, in addition, a daily registration made on the conference site from November 14th from 8:00 am the reception desk located at the entrance to the room of the said works.

  • APPN will cover the cost of return economy class airfares only for sponsored participants. All other participants will take care of their own travel and accommodation.
  • Many countries are visa-free to enter Senegal. However, delegates are required to learn about the terms of entry into Senegalese territory and in particular the requirement to subscribe to visa formalities.

  • Visitors arriving in Senegal must present an official health log to the immigration department of the airport proving that they have been vaccinated against yellow fever. Travelers who do not have the said documents may be refused entry to the country.

  • Official or sponsored delegates will be accommodated in King Fadh Palace hotel, with air-conditioned room, breakfast included. The organizers will cover their accommodation costs. The pick-up does not cover bar / mini bar bills, room service, use of the hotel’s phone and any other expenses or extras.
    In case of cancellation, change of dates or other modifications made to bookings, participants are kindly requested to contact the hotel directly. Any additional costs are their responsibility.
    All other participants are invited to make a reservation at a hotel of their choice. We have contacted hotels for negotiated rates for unsponsored delegates that you can contact directly Please note that you will have to pay your bill in full upon departure.

  • A shuttle bus will transfer participants from their hotel of residence to the King Fahd Palace Hotel.
    At the end of the Conference, delegates will be brought back to Blaise DIAGNE International Airport.You will be greeted by a driver who will hold a sign marked “RACOP Conference”. In the unlikely event that you do not meet these drivers at the airport, please contact Mr. BAO tel: +221 76 529 04 65
  • The conference activities will take place at the place of residence of the sponsored participants (King Fahd Palace). There will be no shuttle service to the city center.
    Taxis are available at the entrance of the hotel. They are the responsibility of participants
    who wish to travel.
    During the tourist visits on Sunday 17 November, free buses will be available to transport participants.

  • Refreshments and a complimentary lunch will be provided to participants during breaks throughout the conference period, November 14-15, 2019.
    A cocktail will be offered on the conference site on Wednesday, November 13, 2019 and a gala dinner will be organized on the evening of November 15, 2019.
    Shuttle buses will transport participants to the gala dinner venue and bring them back to the
    King Fahd Palace Hotel. Sponsored participants will receive a small stipend to cover meal expenses during the trip and during non-conference days.

  • The currency used in Senegal is the CFA franc). The approximate conversion rate in effect for major currencies is:

    • Euro in CFA franc (BCEAO) 1 EUR = 655,9570 XOF
    • Dollar in CFA franc (BCEAO) 1 USD = 593,7606 XOF

    Dakar has a network of banking services and foreign currency exchange services of good
    quality. Credit cards generally accepted in hotels and supermarkets are not functional in the

  • Climatic conditions are improving in the middle of November. Thanks to the gradual
    decrease of temperatures, the atmosphere becomes more and more pleasant.

    At the same
    time, the rains diminish to give place to the beautiful clear and warm days.
    The climate
    around 29 ° C The afternoons can be very hot with average high temperatures up to 31 ° C.

    The electricity in Senegal is 220 Volts. If you go to Senegal with a device that does not
    accept 220 volts you will need a converter.

    The main mobile operators in the country are, Orange Tigo and Expresso. They cover most
    cities in the country and allow users to make international calls.
    SIM cards are sold in an approved store and it is possible to purchase telephone credits in many places but also in shops or from street vendors.

  • As is the case in most major cities, discretion is required. Participants are encouraged to
    take all necessary precautions when venturing into the streets of the city.
    However, Dakar remains a safe and very pleasant city with a particularly welcoming population.
    We also inform you that all participants will be required to pass security checks, including an
    X-ray machine, portable metal detectors and / or a metal detection gantry, before being able to access the sites and facilities of the site. Conference Participants must wear and present their badge at all times during the Conference.

    Police force: 800 17 00
    Fire brigade: 18
    Gendarmerie: 800 20 20
    Medical emergencies (ambulances):
    SOS doctor: 33 889 15 15

    It is possible to buy on the spot a SIM card and a prepaid credit card.