Successful close of the XVIII Annual INGP Conference in Asuncion


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During February 21, 22, and 23, 2024, the XVIII Annual Conference of the Inter-American Network on Government Procurement (INGP) took place in Asuncion, Paraguay. The central theme was “Promoting Development with Public-Private Collaboration through State Procurements” The conference was held with the institutional, technical and financial support of the Organization of American States (OAS) as the Technical Secretariat of the INGP, the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) of Canada, the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), and the National Directorate of Public Procurement (DNCP) of Paraguay. For details on the agenda, visit:

The opening ceremony was honored by the participation of the President of the Republic of Paraguay, Santiago Peña, who mentioned, “There is no doubt that in public procurement, there are opportunities to improve the living conditions of our peoples. In this sense, a new law was recently enacted to deepen the changes that are being carried out.”

Alongside the President, those participating in the opening ceremony included Agustín Encina Pérez, Director of the National Directorate of Public Procurement (DNCP) of Paraguay; Helena Fonseca, Technical Secretary of the INGP and Principal Specialist of the OAS Public Procurement Program; Deborah Jones, President of the INGP and Director of the National Public Procurement Service (SERCOP) of Ecuador; Javier Dávila, Chief of Procurement of the Fiscal Division at the IDB; and Douglas Fraser, Chief of Procurement of the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB).

During the first two days of the event, over 500 people from the public sector at national and local levels of various jurisdictions participated. This included representatives from the national procurement departments of 26 INGP member countries, 43 panelists, academia, civil society, international and multilateral organizations. Various panels presented relevant experiences in public procurement, including: Intersectoral Alliances, Sustainability including Climate Change, Carbon Footprint Reduction, Strengthening Institutional Capacities through Professionalization, Public Procurement Market as an Investment Opportunity, Innovation, and Regulatory Reforms in Public Procurement.

The awards were also presented within the framework of the INGP Award for innovation in Public Procurement, a joint initiative of the Organization of American States, as Technical Secretariat of the Inter-American Government Procurement Network (INGP), and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB).

– Winner of the 2023 Award in the category “Innovation in the implementation of new technologies and digital tools,” and on the other categories, the Public Procurement Transactional System – “Digital Tianguis,” presented by the Digital Agency for Public Innovation of Mexico City.

– Winner in the category “Innovation in the development of strategies for openness and collaboration with other actors,” the innovative experience “Association for Innovation as an enabler of the acquisition of health technology under the innovative model of shared risk payment,” presented by the Costa Rican Social Security Fund.

– Winner in the category “Institutional Change Management, strategic visions, and culture of innovation,” the innovative experience “Innovation Factory for Public Procurement: INNOVACOMPRAS,” presented by the General Directorate of Public Procurement of the Dominican Republic.

– Winner in the category “Innovation in institutional reforms and/or regulatory framework,” the innovative experience “Regulatory Design Center of MedeINN – Public Innovation Laboratory of Medellín,” presented by the Mayor’s Office of Medellín, Colombia.

Also, the following Case Studies were officially presented:

Case Study – Province of Córdoba, Argentina: “Empowering triple impact public procurement through INGP initiatives,” with the purpose of generating strategic actions that allow Latin American and Caribbean countries to have various mechanisms to enhance triple impact through public acquisitions and their sustainability by consolidating national ecosystems.

Case Study – Province of Mendoza, Argentina: “Empowering triple impact public procurement through INGP initiatives,” aimed at analyzing the findings obtained from technical support to the Province of Mendoza, Argentina, based on the adoption of initiatives promoted by the INGP.

Case Study – Paraguay: “Implementation of INGP tools to enhance triple impact public procurement,” in order to analyze and demonstrate Paraguay’s progress in CPS; emphasizing the results and impact achieved through the support provided by the project “Towards a triple impact economy through public procurement.”

Finally, after the conclusion of the public sessions, the Declaration “Empowering Sustainability through Public Procurement” was formalized. The purpose of this declaration is to urge INGP member countries to promote sustainability-focused measures that facilitate the implementation of strategic actions to address socio-economic and environmental challenges, including combating climate change and transitioning to clean and renewable energy sources.

This Declaration is part of a joint vision between INGP and the Ibero-American Network on Public Procurement (REDICOP), with the support of other international organizations such as the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) of Canada, the Development Bank of Latin America and the Caribbean (CAF), and the Open Contracting Partnership (OCP).

Videos of public sessions:

On the third day, a Private Session was held with the National Directors of Public Procurement of INGP member countries, during which the OAS, in its role as the Technical Secretariat of the Network, presented the 2022-2023 management report. Download INGP 2022-2023 ACTIVITIES REPORT.

Subsequently, country delegations met sub-regionally to identify needs, challenges, and advances, with the aim of promoting joint work to be considered for projects and initiatives developed within the framework of the INGP.

Furthermore, in accordance with the agenda and the statutes of the INGP, the election of new authorities for 2024-2026 period was carried out, resulting in:

– Presidency: Dominican Republic.

– Executive Committee:

o North-American Region: U.S.A.

o Caribbean Region: Trinidad and Tobago

o Central American Region: Costa Rica

o Andean Region: Colombia

o Southern Cone Region: Chile

– Venue for the XIX Annual Conference 2025: Brazil.




– Agencia de Información Paraguaya (IP)

– La Nación

– Presidencia de Paraguay

– Secretaría de Prevención de Lavado de Dinero o Bienes (SEPRELAD)



– Dominican Today

– Presidencia de la República Dominicana

– Diario “Hoy”

– Noticias SIN

– Diario Social RD

– ChileCompra

– La Gran Noticia