Workshop on Sustainable Public Procurement


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The workshop on Sustainable Public Procurement (SPP) took place on 5 and 6 April 2016 in Bogota, Colombia, with the participation of 21 member’s countries of the Inter-American Network on Government Procurement (INGP).
The workshop was organized by the Organization of American States (OAS), as technical secretariat of the INGP network with the financial support of the International Development Research Center (IDRC). It was facilitated by IISD, with the support from UNEP.
The objective of the workshop was to exchange experiences, knowledge and challenges that the INGP members encounter when implementing SPP.
 The specific objectives of the workshop were the following: 
  • To build a common SPP strategy to support the implementation of SPP in the INGP member countries
  • To present SPP progress, goals and strategies of the different countries that have been or will be implemented.

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Marina Ruete is legal advisor for IISD for the Sustainable Procurement & Infrastructure Finance and the Investment Programme. Ms. Ruete has a strong background in international and comparative economic law and sustainable development with special geographical focus in the developing world. In IISD she has also focused in research and capacity building projects on mining, agriculture, public procurement and finance including the development of the handbook on sustainable public procurement for the INGP member countries. She previously worked as an attorney for the Inter-American Development Bank in financing and investing private sector projects across of Latin America. In that role she was actively involved in multi-stakeholder projects to support the sustainable development of the Latin American SMEs. From 2007 to 2009 she worked in a Tier 1 Argentinean law firm as an associate in the capital markets and finance departments. Ms. Ruete was an adjunct professor of modern contracts law in Universidad de Buenos Aires and is a speaker in international conferences. Ms. Ruete holds a Master of Law (LL.M) in International and Comparative Law from National University of Singapore, a Master in International Relations and Negotiations from Universidad de Barcelona, Universidad de San Andrés and FLACSO and an LL.B from Universidad Austral. In Argentina, Ms. Ruete is admitted to the Bar of Buenos Aires.
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