Sharing Procurement Knowledge Across Countries and Sectors

From left to right: High Commissioner for Canada Her Excellency Karen L. McDonald, Mr. Paul Emanuelli and Ms. Margaret Rose, Executive Director, Caribbean Procurement Institute.

There is more to effective procurement than simply obtaining the right product at the right time for the right price. Ensuring that goods and services are acquired at optimum value — and doing so with integrity and transparency — is all about spending tax payers’ dollars wisely in order to best serve their interests.

In Trinidad and Tobago, where procurement practices have contributed to bringing down two governments in recent years, procurement is a hot topic.

For this reason, procurement specialists, legalprofessionals, andexecutivesof government and private-sector entities in Trinidad and Tobago gathered for a seminar on procurement led by Paul Emanuelli, an internationally-known Canadian author and procurement lawyer. Having written and spoken extensively on the subject, Emanuelli had a wealth of knowledge and best practices to share.

Co-hosted by Her Excellency, Karen L. McDonald, High Commissioner for Canada to the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, in conjunction with the Caribbean Procurement Institute (CPI), the seminar was geared toward board members and senior management in the public and private sectors, and designed as an opportunity for learning and knowledge sharing. This session was the first in a CPI Leadership Breakfast Series on Institutional Governance & Implementing a Corporate Procurement Policy.

The High Commissioner was on hand at the seminar to bring greetings on behalf of the Government of Canada. She announced that Canada was pleased to be co-hosting the seminar and expressed her satisfaction in working with the CPI in this crucial area of endeavour.

"Having sound procurement practices is essential to strengthening good governance, whether in Canada, Trinidad and Tobago or any other country in the world. I am very pleased that Canada was able to assist in sharing experience and provide guidance on how to build professional capacity and efficiency in the procurement function here in Trinidad and Tobago," she said.

Good governance is one of the three pillars of the Government of Canada’s Americas Strategy. Hosting events in which knowledge may be shared between countries and sectors contributes to the pursuit of this goal — and allows diverse groups of individuals to learn from each other.