Qatar: CLDP Leads Workshop on Framework Agreements and Electronic Procurement

September 18, 2018 - September 19, 2018

On September 18-19, in Doha, CLDP held its second workshop to support the Qatar Ministry of Finance Office of Procurement Regulation’s initiative to develop new procurement laws and regulations to support broader transparency, efficiency, and harmonized standards in Qatar.  Over the past decade, Qatar has initiated several large infrastructure and development projects and will be hosting the 2022 FIFA World Cup, which has required it to reform its commercial legal framework.  CLDP's workshop supported the newly formed working group of key ministries, agencies, and stakeholders that will develop the government procurement regime. Expert-advisors for the program included U.S. officials from the General Services Administration (GSA) and a World Bank procurement consultant.  GSA experts discussed best practices to develop and create framework agreements for commercial commodities and services, primarily focusing on pre-qualification evaluation and cost analysis from using such agreements.  Several sessions also reviewed international standards for standardized electronic procurement, with a key emphasis on e-advertising platforms. The workshop is part of a series of programs on procurement best practices in Qatar, which will help level the playing field for domestic and U.S. companies bidding on government contracts.