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U.S. Department of Education Announces School Safety Grant Opportunities

ON 06/30/2019 AT 22:11 PM The U.S. Department of Education is now accepting applications for three fiscal year 2019 grant competitions that support locally tailored approaches to school safety. "Ensu ......

  • United States
  • Administration & Marketing
  • 09 Jul 2019
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Description ON 06/30/2019 AT 22:11 PM The U.S. Department of Education is now accepting applications for three fiscal year 2019 grant competitions that support locally tailored approaches to school safety. "Ensuring that our nations schools are safe and nurturing places to learn is critical to the well-being, safety and long-term success of all students," said U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos. "These grants will support state and local leaders as they develop and implement the school safety solutions that will work best for them." PROJECT PREVENT GRANT PROGRAM This program helps Local Education Agencies (LEAs) enhance their ability to identify, assess and serve students exposed to pervasive violence. Funds from this $10 million grant competition can be used to provide mental health services for trauma or anxiety; support conflict resolution programs; and implement other school—based violence prevention strategies. The deadline to apply is July 15, 2019. SCHOOL CLIMATE TRANSFORMATION GRANT PROGRAM This $40 million grant competition provides funds to LEAs to develop, enhance, or expand systems of support for schools implementing strategies to improve learning conditions and promote positive school culture for all students. The deadline to apply is July 22, 2019. MENTAL HEALTH SERVICE PROFESSIONAL DEMONSTRATION GRANT PROGRAM This $15 million grant competition promotes partnerships between colleges or universities and high-need school districts in order to expand the pipeline of trained school-based mental health services providers. The deadline to apply is Aug. 5, 2019. These programs are funded through the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA), as amended by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).
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Source https://www.trillions.biz/news/157968-U.S._Department_of_Education_Announces_School_Safety_Grant_Opportunities.html
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ADB to improve health care in rural PRC

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) signed a loan agreement of $150 million with Far East Horizon Limited (FEH) to provide lease financing to public hospitals in 12 of the least developed provinces in th ......

  • China
  • Administration & Marketing
  • 08 Jul 2019
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Description The Asian Development Bank (ADB) signed a loan agreement of $150 million with Far East Horizon Limited (FEH) to provide lease financing to public hospitals in 12 of the least developed provinces in the People’s Republic of China (PRC), improving health service delivery to people in rural parts of the country. “Health care service has grown in the PRC over the last two decades, but there is still a need to make health care services affordable, reliable, and accessible particularly in the rural and other less developed areas,” said Ms. Engstrom. “ADB’s deal with FEH will help public hospitals to access much-needed finance, through a leasing arrangement, to invest in new equipment and deliver higher-quality medical services that will make a real difference to people’s lives.” FEH will use the proceeds of ADB’s loan to finance the lease or purchase of modern medical equipment. Eligible hospitals will be from the 12 least developed provinces in terms of per capita income, which are located in the central and western regions of the PRC. Specifically, the ADB loan proceeds will be used exclusively for county hospitals, which primarily serve the population in surrounding rural areas.
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Source https://www.developmentaid.org/#!/news-stream/post/45618/adb-to-improve-health-care-in-rural-prc
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Sustainable procurement to benefit human health and the environment

VINH PHÚC — Vi?t Nam will be the first country in South East Asia to implement the Sustainable Health in Procurement Project (SHiPP), UNDP Vi?t Nam Resident Representative Caitlin Wiesen announced on ......

  • Vietnam
  • Administration & Marketing
  • 02 Jul 2019
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Description VINH PHÚC — Vi?t Nam will be the first country in South East Asia to implement the Sustainable Health in Procurement Project (SHiPP), UNDP Vi?t Nam Resident Representative Caitlin Wiesen announced on Friday. The project is a joint effort implemented by UNDP and Healthcare without Harm (HCWH) with the financial support from Swedish International Development Agency in ten countries from 2018 to 2021. Despite its crucial role in ensuring people’s wellbeing, the healthcare sector can still have negative impacts on human health and the environment. Exposure to biological and chemical substances, risks from improper waste management and treatment, plastic and non-degradable products along with greenhouse gas emissions from medical practices are among severe threats. Therefore, sustainable health procurement is expected to create a major shift toward the greener economy that benefits both people and the environment. International experiences show that sustainable and responsible procurement practices help reduce at least 65 per cent of the carbon footprint of England’s National Health Service and 82 per cent of the carbon footprint of UNDP-administered Global Fund for HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis projects in Tajikistan. The idea of the project is to reduce the harm to people and the environment caused by the manufacture, use and disposal of medical products and by the implementation of health programs. SHiPP sets a goal to accelerate the sustainable supply chain to improve human health and reduce greenhouse gases. “Vi?t Nam is one of three countries selected in Asia because of its history of engagement and strong commitment in the issue,” said Wiesen. “Therefore, it is natural to come here to start and look at how to further green the health procurement system and the whole health program in Vi?t Nam.” Deputy minister of health, Nguy?n Tru?ng Son expressed his appreciation, saying this project would provide essential technical support and prompt interventions in developing the responsible procurement in the health sector in alignment with the national strategy on green growth and the regulation of management of hazardous waste. “We are pleased to see many legislation and regulation have been adopted relevant to the intervention designated in this project. Hopefully, the project and the authorities will be able to work closely together and achieve the goal,” said Wiesen. — VNS
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Source https://vietnamnews.vn/society/520507/sustainable-procurement-to-benefit-human-health-and-the-environment.html#y6FqSyO1BHO5dLXb.97
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NHSI efficiency chief joins Deloitte seven months after £400,000 contract award

NHSI’s head of procurement and corporate services to join Deloitte Last November, NHSI awarded the firm a £400,000 contract for NHS procurement support Discussions “ongoing” over NHSI extending contra ......

  • United Kingdom
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  • 29 May 2019
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Description NHSI’s head of procurement and corporate services to join Deloitte Last November, NHSI awarded the firm a £400,000 contract for NHS procurement support Discussions “ongoing” over NHSI extending contract with Deloitte A senior manager working in NHS Improvement’s efficiency team will become a director at Deloitte, seven months after he was part of a panel that awarded a contract to the firm for help on a major shake-up of NHS procurement. Michael Hyne, NHSI’s acting director of procurement and corporate services, has been in his current role since July 2018. Mr Hyne’s move to the consultancy firm comes after he played a key role in the early stages of a project aimed at radically changing how the NHS buys goods and services. NHS Improvement told HSJ Mr Hyne’s move did not breach its corporate policy and it did not raise any conflict of interest issues in relation to the contract award to Deloitte. The regulator did not answer when HSJ asked what tasks Mr Hyne’s new job will involve, nor what its corporate policy was regarding senior managers leaving for the private sector. Mr Hyne joined NHSI from Deloitte in April 2017 as director of corporate services. HSJ understands Mr Hyne was promoted to his current position in July 2018 on an interim basis after the departure of his then manager Paul West. In mid-November last year, Mr Hyne was part of a four-person panel from NHSI which awarded a contract worth up to £400,000 to Deloitte for initial work on a new procurement model. An NHSI spokesman said the contract was awarded “following the formal procurement process”. According to the contract’s tender documents, the new model would “transform the way procurement is delivered” at local level with significant changes to working practices. This included changes to every NHS procurement team in England such as a focus on “consolidation of functions and structures” and “significant technology automation and standardisation of functions”. Extract from the tender document Extract from the tender document If Deloitte’s initial proposals, drawn up together with NHS trust procurement chiefs, are agreed upon by the wider NHS procurement community, the firm could also help implement the model across the health service, which would effectively extend the contract by up to 18 months. In March, four months after the contract was awarded, Mr Hyne told NHSI he was resigning. A spokesman for the regulator said Mr Hyne would join Deloitte next month. A spokesman for the regulator said: “The contract was awarded following the formal procurement process. No NHSI corporate policy has been breached.” The spokesman confirmed the £400,000 contract only applied to the first phase of work on the new model. Asked if NHSI has decided if Deloitte will continue to provide its support during phase two, the spokesman said: “Discussions are ongoing.” Earlier this month NHSI, which is effectively merging with NHS England, advertised a job for a “director of procurement and commercial delivery”. The job description stated the post-holder would lead the implementation of the new model. As part of the merger, Mr Hyne’s team will move from NHSI’s operational productivity unit, which is being scrapped, into reporting to Simon Corben who is NHSI and NHSE’s joint director of estates.
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Source https://www.hsj.co.uk/finance-and-efficiency/nhsi-efficiency-chief-joins-deloitte-seven-months-after-400000-contract-award-/7025166.article
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Ghana rolls out first E-Procurement for public sector in West Africa

Ghana has become the first country in the West Africa sub-region to establish an electronic procurement system for the public sector. This was announced by the Vice President, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, wh ......

  • Ghana
  • Administration & Marketing
  • 28 May 2019
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Description Ghana has become the first country in the West Africa sub-region to establish an electronic procurement system for the public sector. This was announced by the Vice President, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, when he launched Ghana’s Electronic Procurement System (GHANEPS) in Accra on Tuesday, 30th April, 2019. The e-procurement system is designed to address corruption in procurement procedures by minimising human face-to-face interaction, and increase productivity for both Procurement Officers and Service Providers as all manual procurement process and procedures are automated. As well, Service Providers (Suppliers, Consultants and Contractors) will be able to respond to tenders, seek clarifications and other information from the comfort of their offices via the internet. The time and risks associated with tender submissions will be considerably reduced and/or eliminated. In addition, there will be a considerable reduction of the use of paper associated with tendering, greater ease in monitoring and audit, increased accuracy in reporting and statistics, increase in participating suppliers in public procurement, increase in the number of tender responses and a reduction in Procurement lead times. In line with international best practice, Ghana’s E-procurement system uses the Open Contracting Data Standards (OCDS) for its reporting and display of information. In this format, information is available at each stage of the procurement process. Phase 1 of the e-procurement system has begun with five (5) government agencies – Department of Feeder Roads, Ghana Cocoa Board, Ghana Health Service, Koforidua Technical University and Tema Metropolitan Assembly – with Phase II, covering all 34 Ministries, Public Universities, Metropolitan Assemblies and some selected Departments and Agencies, expected to start at the end of June 2019. The phased roll-out is expected to continue until the end of 2020, during which all public entities will be expected to use the e-procurement system for their procurement activities, according to officials of the Public Procurement Authority. Speaking at the launch in Accra, Vice President Bawumia explained that government’s many-pronged digital interventions are aimed at moving Ghana into the digital age and making life easier for the ordinary Ghanaian. “At the heart of government’s drive to digitize our economy is the need to facilitate the delivery of government services, formalize the economy, de-risk the business environment, and above all deal with matters of corruption,” Vice President Bawumia indicated. “As a government, we are fully committed to improving transparency and efficiency in the procurement process. With this end-to-end modular e-procurement system and its integration with other government systems – such as Register General’s Department, Ghana Revenue Authority, Ghana E-Payment Portal, etc., and eventually with GIFMIS- we get closer to this objective.” Commending the Board, Management and Staff of the Public Procurement Authority as well as the Minister and staff of the Ministry of Communications, Vice President Bawumia said their efforts at tackling procurement fraud would save Ghana many productive man-hours and revenue lost through theft. “Ghana is indeed entering a new dawn in public procurement. It will soon be a thing of the past where service providers have to travel distances to access tender documents, submit tenders or seek clarifications. “Use of Tender Boxes will be history. Now your computer is your Tender Box. Civil Societies and for that matter the general public no longer have to go to public entities requesting information on its procurement activities… The e-procurement system is another step aimed at curbing the canker of corruption in our public procurement processes.” Some experts estimate that Procurement breaches make up close to 90% of corruption cases, and the adoption of e-procurement could save countries up to 2% of GDP. Ghana could thus save $100m annually, according to the Ghana Country Director of the World Bank, Mr Henry Kerali.
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Source https://www.ghanaweb.com/GhanaHomePage/business/Ghana-rolls-out-first-E-Procurement-for-public-sector-in-West-Africa-742723#
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Ghana scores first in West Africa with launch of e-procurement system

Ghana has become the first country in the West Africa sub-region to establish an electronic procurement system for the public sector. This was announced by the Vice President of the Republic, Dr Maha ......

  • Ghana
  • Administration & Marketing
  • 02 May 2019
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Description Ghana has become the first country in the West Africa sub-region to establish an electronic procurement system for the public sector. This was announced by the Vice President of the Republic, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia when he launched Ghana’s Electronic Procurement System (GHANEPS) in Accra on Tuesday. The e-procurement system is designed to address corruption in procurement procedures by minimising human face-to-face interaction, and increase productivity for both Procurement Officers and Service Providers as all manual procurement process and procedures are automated. As well, Service Providers (Suppliers, Consultants and Contractors) will be able to respond to tenders, seek clarifications and other information from the comfort of their offices via the internet. The time and risks associated with tender submissions will be considerably reduced and/or eliminated. In addition, there will be a considerable reduction of the use of paper associated with tendering, greater ease in monitoring and audit, increased accuracy in reporting and statistics, increase in participating suppliers in public procurement, increase in the number of tender responses and a reduction in Procurement lead times. In line with international best practice, Ghana’s E-procurement system uses the Open Contracting Data Standards (OCDS) for its reporting and display of information. In this format, information is available at each stage of the procurement process. Phase 1 of the e-procurement system has begun with five government agencies – Department of Feeder Roads, Ghana Cocoa Board, Ghana Health Service, Koforidua Technical University and Tema Metropolitan Assembly – with Phase II, covering all 34 Ministries, Public Universities, Metropolitan Assemblies and some selected Departments and Agencies, expected to start at the end of June 2019. The phased roll-out is expected to continue until the end of 2020, during which all public entities will be expected to use the e-procurement system for their procurement activities, according to officials of the Public Procurement Authority. Speaking at the launch in Accra, Vice President Bawumia explained that government’s many-pronged digital interventions are aimed at moving Ghana into the digital age and making life easier for the ordinary Ghanaian. “At the heart of government’s drive to digitize our economy is the need to facilitate the delivery of government services, formalize the economy, de-risk the business environment, and above all deal with matters of corruption,” Vice President Bawumia indicated. “As a government, we are fully committed to improving transparency and efficiency in the procurement process. With this end-to-end modular e-procurement system and its integration with other government systems – such as Register General’s Department, Ghana Revenue Authority, Ghana E-Payment Portal, etc., and eventually with GIFMIS- we get closer to this objective.”
Industry Administration & Marketing
Source https://www.myjoyonline.com/business/2019/May-1st/ghana-scores-first-in-west-africa-with-launch-of-e-procurement-system.php
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Breach procurement code of ethics, get fired – Adwoa Safo cautions

The Minister of State in Charge of Public Procurement, Hon. Sarah Adwoa Safo, has sent a signal to all professionals in the procurement business, cautioning them to be well disciplined as a new Code o ......

  • Ghana
  • Administration & Marketing
  • 22 Apr 2019
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Description The Minister of State in Charge of Public Procurement, Hon. Sarah Adwoa Safo, has sent a signal to all professionals in the procurement business, cautioning them to be well disciplined as a new Code of Ethics which her outfit is spearheading will ruthlessly deal with those who will breach the guidelines. According to her, it is about time that procurement professionals be held accountable for the decisions and actions they take and legally justify them, stressing that anything contrary will warrant sanctions that will not be palatable to offenders. “As procurement practitioners, we should be prepared to be accountable for the decisions we take and legally justify our official decisions and actions. Procurement officers shall not use or misuse their positions for private gain. This ethical standard when breached constitutes a serious breach of professional integrity”, she noted. Hon. Safo who is also the Deputy Majority Leader of the Parliament of Ghana made this observation, Wednesday, when she unveiled a Committee tasked with the responsibility to formulate a code of conduct that will set the highest ethical standards for benchmarking procurement practitioners, suppliers, members of the evaluation panel, members of the Tender Review Committee, members of the Board as well as contractors and service providers and proffer sanctions where necessary. The Professional Ethics and Standards Committee for Procurement professionals which is chaired by Stella Aku Abbey, who is also the President of the Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply, has three months to present its report. Other members of the Committee include; Dr. Emmanuel Yaw Boakye, Technical Director, Ministry of Public Procurement, Mr. Solomon Sasu-Mensah, Director, Public Affairs, Ministry of Public Procurement, Ms. Naa Shika, Ministry of Public Procurement, Ing. Ebenezer K. Haizel, Ghana Institute of Engineers, Ing. Kofi E. Howard, Ghana Institute of Engineers, Surv. Humphrey T. Amegadoe, FGhIS, Ghana Institute of Surveyors, Surv. Helen Arthur, MGhIS, Ghana Institute of Surveyors, Mrs. Rhoda E. Appiah, Public Procurement Authority (PPA), Mr. David S. Amoah, PPA, Mr. Sam Acheampong (FCIPS), Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply (CIPS), Mr. Collins Agyemang Sarpong, Ghana Institute of Procurement and Supply (GIPS) and Mr. Benjamin Baidoo, Ghana Institute of Procurement and Supply (GIPS). The rest are Mr. Ebenezer Essilfie-Baiden, Head of Civil Service, Mr. Debrah Tetteh Odonkor, Civil Service, Mrs. Janet Ampadu Fofie, Public Service Commission, Mrs. Enerstina Oppong-Yeboah, Public Service Commission, Mrs. Eunice Osae, Local Government Service, Issaka Abdul –Jamil, Bernard Asamany, Health Service Supply Chain Practitioners Association Ghana (HESSCPAG), Edwin Adnortey Agbugbla, HESSCPAG, Daphne Lariba Nabila and a representative each from the Ministry of Finance and Ghana Bar Association (GBA). It has its terms of reference enshrined in Section 86 of the Public Procurement Act (Act 663) as amended. Section 86 (1) states that “The Board shall with the approval of the Minister, compile and publish a code of conduct that shall apply to each official of a procurement entity, the members of an evaluation panel, members of a tender review committee, members of the Board as well as tenderers, suppliers, contractors and consultants”. Section 86 (2) also states that “The code of conduct shall address (a) Conflict of interest in procurement; (b) Measures to regulate matters concerning personnel responsible for procurement; (c) Declaration of interest in particular procurement; (d) Screening procedures and training requirements; and (e) Any other matter related to the ethics of procurement. Section 86 (5) states that “The code of conduct shall promptly be made accessible to the public and shall be updated regularly as directed by the Board”. Ghana is also enjoined by Article 8 (2) of the United Nations Convention Against Corruption to create guidelines or code of ethics or conduct to guide procurement professionals in the performance of their duties. The said article states that “Each state party shall endeavor to apply within its own constitutional and legal systems, codes or standards of conduct for the correct, honourable and proper performance of public functions”. This International Treaty is in tandem with the provisions of Article 284 of the 1992 Constitution which that “A public officer shall not put himself in a position where his personal interest conflicts or is likely to conflict with the performance of the functions of his office”. To the public procurement Minister, breaches of the yet to be formulated and outdoored regulation will have disciplinary consequences or sanctions which may result in penalties such as demotion, failed promotion, blacklisting or outright dismissal, cancellation of a contract, suspension or a contract and any other appropriate remedies”. The regulation once in operation, she emphasized, will serve the interest of the public and public officials by maintaining and strengthening the public’s trust and confidence in public institutions. The Chief Executive Officer of Public Procurement Authority (PPA), Mr. A. B. Adjei on his part said he expects procurement professionals to conduct their activities in an ethical manner to ensure transparency and judicious use of state resources to achieve value for money. “Unfortunately, none compliance and corrupt practices continue to dent the image of the procurement industry. It is even more disheartening to realize that procurement professionals who are expected to save the public purse end up conniving with themselves and sometimes misconducting themselves under the guise of the fear of threats or emotions, loss of the jobs or relegation to the background. Ethics is concerned with moral principles and values. Ethical approach in public procurement, therefore, implies an exemplary approach to all procurement processes that cannot be questioned or criticized”, he noted. He added “A strict adherence to the code of conduct and the fundamental principles of public procurement will result in increased efficiency in the procurement functions. Procurement operations will then become more effective and enhanced resulting in a deduction in bribery and corruption and thereby achieving value for money”. The event was graced by the Regional Director for CIPS, West Africa, Mr. Sam Acheampong.
Industry Administration & Marketing
Source https://www.ghanaweb.com/GhanaHomePage/NewsArchive/Breach-procurement-code-of-ethics-get-fired-Adwoa-Safo-cautions-727106
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U.K. Approved to Rejoin $1.7 Trillion WTO Procurement Deal

The United Kingdom won approval to remain in a key World Trade Organization agreement that governs $1.7 trillion worth of annual public procurement opportunities. A group of 46 nations, including the ......

  • United Kingdom
  • Administration & Marketing
  • 29 Mar 2019
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Description The United Kingdom won approval to remain in a key World Trade Organization agreement that governs $1.7 trillion worth of annual public procurement opportunities. A group of 46 nations, including the U.S. and Japan, agreed on Wednesday to let Britain stay in the Government Procurement Agreement, according to a WTO statement. Maintaining membership ensures that U.K.-based contractors will retain their preferential access to foreign public procurement opportunities if Britain leaves the European Union without a withdrawal accord. It also ensures that the GPA’s signatories will continue to have access to the U.K.’s 67 billion-pound ($89 billion) public procurement marketplace in the case of a no-deal Brexit. “The agreement is another huge step in the U.K. establishing itself as an independent WTO member, continuing to bang the drum for free trade and U.K. business,” British International Trade Secretary Liam Fox said in a statement on Twitter. Read more: Agricultural Exporters Protest EU Post-Brexit Quota Plan at WTO The purpose of the GPA is to open up, in a reciprocal manner, government procurement markets to foreign competition, and to help make public purchasing more transparent. The U.K. currently participates in the GPA via the EU; Britain never independently ratified the agreement and must now rejoin as a member in its own right in order to ensure continuity following its planned departure from the bloc. The U.K.’s offer replicates its current GPA commitments as an EU member and does not increase or decrease access to its public procurement marketplace. The agreement will now be laid before the U.K. Parliament for 21 sitting days to provide the opportunity to raise any objections to the accord. There is no indication that any members of Parliament intend to object to the deal. The U.K.’s accession to the GPA will take effect 30 days after the U.K. government submits its instrument of acceptance to the WTO. Regardless of Wednesday’s approval, the U.K. will remain a member of the GPA under its current terms if the British government approves a withdrawal agreement or extends its negotiations with the EU beyond the scheduled Brexit date of March 29. Brexit Continuity The decision marks a positive development in the U.K.’s effort to become an independent member of the WTO in preparation for its exit from the European trading bloc. In October, several countries including the U.S., New Zealand and Moldova objected to the U.K.’s offer to rejoin the GPA because they said it was outdated and should include further concessions, like increased access to U.K. visas. The situation threatened to blow up the U.K.’s post-Brexit access to the $1.7 trillion deal since each member has a veto. On Wednesday, the GPA parties acted "rationally and pragmatically," said Julian Braithwaite, the U.K.’s ambassador to the WTO. "The economic interest in providing continuity outweighed all the interests that have been raised that could have blocked our accession," Braithwaite told Bloomberg in a telephone interview. The U.S. ambassador to the WTO, Dennis Shea, said that "keeping the U.K. in the GPA is very important for this agreement" and noted that the U.K. accounts for over a quarter of the EU’s total procurement covered by the GPA, according to a statement. As part of Wednesday’s agreement, the U.K. will renegotiate certain aspects of its GPA membership over the next three months in order to account for certain government entities that did not exist before Brexit -- like the Department for International Trade. Braithwaite said Britain won’t liberalize its current public procurement commitments, which restrict foreign access to the U.K. rail system and the National Health Service. "We won’t change our market access," Braithwaite told Bloomberg. The U.K. is "already the most open and liberal European economy in the GPA."
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Source https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-02-27/u-k-wins-approval-to-rejoin-1-7-trillion-wto-procurement-deal-jsn2yd30
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UK approved to rejoin $1.7 trillion WTO procurement deal

UK approved to rejoin $1.7 trillion WTO procurement deal 3 min read . Updated: 27 Feb 2019, 11:40 PM IST Bloomberg UK won approval to remain in a key WTO agreement that governs $1.7 tn worth of annual ......

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  • 05 Mar 2019
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Description UK approved to rejoin $1.7 trillion WTO procurement deal 3 min read . Updated: 27 Feb 2019, 11:40 PM IST Bloomberg UK won approval to remain in a key WTO agreement that governs $1.7 tn worth of annual public procurement opportunities A group of 46 nations agreed to let Britain stay in the Government Procurement Agreement, said a WTO statement The United Kingdom won approval to remain in a key World Trade Organization agreement that governs $1.7 trillion worth of annual public procurement opportunities. A group of 46 nations, including the U.S. and Japan, agreed on Wednesday to let Britain stay in the Government Procurement Agreement, according to a WTO statement. Maintaining membership ensures that U.K.-based contractors will retain their preferential access to foreign public procurement opportunities if Britain leaves the European Union without a withdrawal accord. It also ensures that the GPA’s signatories will continue to have access to the U.K.’s 67 billion-pound ($89 billion) public procurement marketplace in the case of a no-deal Brexit. “The agreement is another huge step in the U.K. establishing itself as an independent WTO member, continuing to bang the drum for free trade and U.K. business," British International Trade Secretary Liam Fox said in a statement on Twitter. More Transparent The purpose of the GPA is to open up, in a reciprocal manner, government procurement markets to foreign competition, and to help make public purchasing more transparent. The U.K. currently participates in the GPA via the EU; Britain never independently ratified the agreement and must now rejoin as a member in its own right in order to ensure continuity following its planned departure from the bloc. The U.K.’s offer replicates its current GPA commitments as an EU member and does not increase or decrease access to its public procurement marketplace. The agreement will now be laid before the U.K. Parliament for 21 sitting days to provide the opportunity to raise any objections to the accord. There is no indication that any members of Parliament intend to object to the deal. The U.K.’s accession to the GPA will take effect 30 days after the U.K. government submits its instrument of acceptance to the WTO. Regardless of Wednesday’s approval, the U.K. will remain a member of the GPA under its current terms if the British government approves a withdrawal agreement or extends its negotiations with the EU beyond the scheduled Brexit date of March 29. Brexit Continuity The decision marks a positive development in the U.K.’s effort to become an independent member of the WTO in preparation for its exit from the European trading bloc. In October, several countries including the U.S., New Zealand and Moldova objected to the U.K.’s offer to rejoin the GPA because they said it was outdated and should include further concessions, like increased access to U.K. visas. The situation threatened to blow up the U.K.’s post-Brexit access to the $1.7 trillion deal since each member has a veto. On Wednesday, the GPA parties acted rationally and pragmatically, said Julian Braithwaite, the U.K.’s ambassador to the WTO. The economic interest in providing continuity outweighed all the interests that have been raised that could have blocked our accession, Braithwaite told Bloomberg in a telephone interview. The U.S. ambassador to the WTO, Dennis Shea, said that keeping the U.K. in the GPA is very important for this agreement and noted that the U.K. accounts for over a quarter of the EU’s total procurement covered by the GPA, according to a statement. As part of Wednesday’s agreement, the U.K. will renegotiate certain aspects of its GPA membership over the next three months in order to account for certain government entities that did not exist before Brexit -- like the Department for International Trade. Braithwaite said Britain won’t liberalize its current public procurement commitments, which restrict foreign access to the U.K. rail system and the National Health Service. We won’t change our market access, Braithwaite told Bloomberg. The U.K. is already the most open and liberal European economy in the GPA. This story has been published from a wire agency feed without modifications to the text. Only the headline has been changed.
Industry Administration & Marketing
Source https://www.livemint.com/news/world/uk-approved-to-rejoin-1-7-trillion-wto-procurement-deal-1551290564970.html
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Ghana invests US $5.9m in construction of 10 hospitals

The government of Ghana has invested US $5.9m for the construction and completion works on ten hospitals throughout the country following death cases caused by lack of near hospitals. As it stands, o ......

  • Ghana
  • Financial Services
  • 24 Oct 2018
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Description The government of Ghana has invested US $5.9m for the construction and completion works on ten hospitals throughout the country following death cases caused by lack of near hospitals. As it stands, one of the ten hospitals is functioning. The Ga North Municipal Hospital in the Greater Accra region is the first to finish completion earlier this month. Although not fully-operational, the GHS has gathered over a dozen staff members who operate the outpatient center from 8am to 4pm. “It’s good news that this hospital is up and running, but hospitals are not just buildings. When you construct a hospital, you have to make sure that it comes with all the proper equipment and facilities.“We had to get doctors within the region and we got a few staff to go there and get the hospital running,” said Anthony Nsiah-Asare, the head of Ghana Health Service (GHS). Also Read:Construction of US $30m centre at Kenyatta National Hospital commences Development and operations in the hospitals According to Anthony Nsiah-Asare, the effort are being made to fast track work abandoned in the health facilities in the region. “The Ga North Municipal Hospital was not a fully-functioning hospital, and when we want to start a hospital, we start slowly and build it up.” We have no specific date when construction works will commence. However the government is working with directors of health in each region to get them functioning and to fast track work abandoned in the health facilities in the region.Upon completion the hospitals will operate 24 hours a day.
Industry Financial Services
Source https://constructionreviewonline.com/2018/10/ghana-invests-us-5-9m-in-construction-of-10-hospitals/

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