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US experts train Maharashtra officials in 'value-based public procurement'

IANS  |  Mumbai 

The (USTDA), in partnership with Maharashtra government, launched a three-day workshop to train over 100 local officials on "value-based public practices", an said here on Tuesday.

The workshop entitled "Global Initiative: Understanding Best Value" (GPI) will have experts from the George Washington University's Law Programme and GPI and

It will focus on international best practices in value-based procurement, sessions on public private partnerships and in-depth life-cycle cost analysis training.

This workshop would culminate in a MoU between the and USTDA, under which the latter will continue to support Maharashtra's efforts to improve its public procurement practices and become a regional leader.

"These (workshop and MoU) will support the state's already extensive efforts to integrate best-value determinations into public tenders, foster fair and transparent international competition and promote long-term professionalization of the procurement workforce," said USTDA's Director, Global Programmes,

"I am confident that this partnership with USTDA will help us to implement the revised and develop best procurement practices for achieving the best value for state consistent with international standards," said on the occasion.

said the partnership is an opportunity to collaborate on procurement capacity building across the state, especially in public works and energy, to ensure the state received the best value for public funds through fair and open competition.

US Consul-General in Mumbai Edgard Kagan, in his opening remarks, said this partnership reflects the close cooperation with Maharashtra and another key avenue of collaboration between the US and India, with a beneficial impact across the region.

The USTDA and Maharashtra launched the partnership talks last year and a delegation from this state went on a study tour to the US.

They received in-depth training from the George Washington University, met professors at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and gained insights on different models in at the US federal, state and local levels.



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First Published: Tue, April 24 2018. 18:48 IST