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Fighting Bribery in Public Procurement in Asia and the Pacific

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Asian-Pacific countries have made significant efforts to address weaknesses in their procurement frameworks and practices. To support these efforts and to assist the ADB/OECD Anti-Corruption Initiative’s 28 member countries in strengthening their public-procurement mechanisms, the Initiative conducted a Regional Seminar on Fighting Bribery in Public Procurement in November 2007.  This volume compiles the experience that experts from Asian and Pacific countries – as well as beyond the region – shared during the seminar. It is addressed to policy makers and experts who wish to learn from other countries’ experiences in strengthening frameworks to protect public procurement from bribery and corruption risks.

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Chapter 2 - Specialized procurement authorities' role in defining procurement policies and overseeing implementation

Over the past decade, many countries in Asia-Pacific have significantly modernized their regulatory frameworks. They now employ sophisticated frameworks that prescribe complex procedures involving several actors. Procurement reforms have most often decentralized public procurement to local levels. Implementation of the intricate regulations by procuring entities raises significant challenges. Procurement personnel therefore require training, guidance and oversight to carry out their tasks and to resist temptations to accept or solicit bribes.

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