International Procurement Seminars (IPS)
International Procurement Seminars, also known as Multi-Agency Business Seminars, are opportunities for UN Buyers and Vendors to meet in person. Several UN Agencies participate and deliver a brief presentation of their Agency. The business seminars also allow for one-to-one meetings between UN buyers and vendors.
In the interests of improving the efficiency, cost-effectiveness and sustainability of UN business seminar activities, the HLCM Procurement Network has been developing a new modality for Multi-Agency Business Seminars. At the 21st session of the Procurement Network, held in Geneva on 22-24 March 2017, the decision was taken to implement the model – International Procurement Seminars (IPS) – which was piloted in Bonn in November 2016.
The below IPS-Principles for Engagement document outlines the endorsed IPS concept and describes the submission and evaluation process for proposals to host such events. It is recommended that entities interested in expressing interest in (co)hosting an IPS event familiarise themselves with the content of the document as a first step.
TO EXPRESS INTEREST TO HOST AN IPS EVENT
Government Institutional Organisations interested in hosting an IPS are kindly asked to complete and submit the below IPS-Proposal Template by the deadline specified in the above calendar. Should you have any queries, please contact the HLCM-PN Secretariat, Ms. Kerry Kassow, email: email@example.com.
LESSONS LEARNED SO FAR FROM HOSTING IPS EVENTS
Please refer to the below IPS-Lessons Learned document to find out what should be taken into consideration when planning an IPS. Information in this document is based on experiences and lessons learned so far from the host entities, UN agencies and participating companies during the IPS pilot period. The document will be updated on a continuous basis.
IPS Calendar 2016-2021
Year Month Deadline for expressions of interest to host IPS date Hosted by Location Contact Access the documents 2016 November assigned 15-16 Nov Germany (in partnership with other countries) Bonn Click here for documents 2018 April not assigned n/a n/a n/a n/a (no proposals received) June assigned 26-27 June 2018 Belgium, France, Germany, Austria UN City, Copenhagen
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November assigned 12-13 Nov 2018 The Nordic Countries UN City, Copenhagen firstname.lastname@example.org Click here for the documents 2019 May assigned 16-17 May 2019 Italy, Israel, Malta EXCO 2019, Rome, Italy <email@example.com>
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June assigned 12-13 June 2019 UK, Ireland, Netherlands, Slovenia UN City, Copenhagen Click here for the documents November assigned 19-20 Nov 2019 Argentina Buenos Aires
Magalí Blanco Rodríguez
Click here for the documents 2020 February 31 July 2019 n/a n/a n/a n/a (no proposals received) June
Postponed due to Covid-19 lockdown
assigned 9-10 June 2020 Canada Toronto Anne-Marie Ready
All events scheduled below are tentative due to the Covid-19 situation
November assigned TBD Canada Toronto Anne-Marie Ready
2021 January assigned TBD The Nordic Countries UN City, Copenhagen Sebastian Rodas Medeiros
January assigned TBD Austria, Belgium, Estonia, France, Germany, Portugal, Spain UN City, Copenhagen Astrid Nielsen
April assigned TBD China Shanghai He Tao
June 31 Oct 2020 TBD TBD TBD TBD November 31 March 2021 TBD TBD TBD TBD
TBD = To be determined
IPS held in 2016-2019
Other UN Multi-Agency Procurement Seminars
UN Procurement Division (UNPD), New York: Events organised with Member States
In addition to the International Procurement Seminar (IPS) modality, the Procurement Division of the UN Secretariat in New York (UNPD) has a Business Seminar Programme. The seminars are organised through governments, agencies and Permanent Missions in the UN. The main objective is to inform potential vendors and trade entities, particularly in Developing Countries, about the work of UNPD. The seminars also provide information on the UN procurement processes, evaluation criteria, vendor registration procedures and how to find business opportunities in the various Agencies of the UN.
For the latest information on scheduled seminars please visit the UNPD Business Seminars page.
Any questions you might have can be submitted by completing the following Contact Form.
Regional or HQ events
Agencies in regional or UN Headquarters (HQ) locations may decide to host business seminars for a specific Member State at their respective locations. These types of events are usually arranged in collaboration with a government institution, on an ad-hoc basis and at the discretion of the agencies based in the particular location. The events are normally either generic or specialised in nature. As the IPS modality (described above) becomes better established, it is expected that single country/generic HQ events will be phased out.
IPS - Toronto, CanadaThe UN International Procurement Seminar will increase the understanding of Canadian SMEs, NGOs and vendors on the procurement activities of the United Nations. The seminar will do
Hungary, May 2016Agenda and presentations concerning the Business Seminar in Budapest, Hungary, 3-4 May 2016
The Netherlands - May 2016Agenda and presentations concerning the Business Seminar in the Hague, the Netherlands, 25-26 May 2016
Nordic Countries, June 2016Agenda and presentations concerning the Business Seminar for the Nordic Countries held in Copenhagen, 15-16 June 2016
IPS, Bonn, November 2016Agenda and presentations of the very first International Procurement Seminar held in Bonn, 15-16 November 2016
Poland, November 2016Agenda and presentations concerning the Business Seminar in Warsaw and Łódź, Poland, 22-23 November 2016
Spain - November 2016Agenda and presentations concerning the Business Seminar in Madrid, Spain, 28 November - 1 December 2016
IPS, Copenhagen, June 2018Agenda and presentations of the International Procurement Seminar hosted by Austria, Belgium, France and Germany at UN City in Copenhagen, 26-27 June 2018
IPS, Copenhagen, November 2018Agenda and presentations of the International Procurement Seminar hosted by Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden at UN City in Copenhagen on 12-13 November 2018
IPS, Rome, May 2019Agenda and presentations of the International Procurement Seminar hosted by Italy, Israel and Malta in Rome on 16-17 May 2019.
"How to do Business with CPAG", Geneva 2018Here you can find further information on the event
IPS, Copenhagen, June 2019Agenda and presentations of the International Procurement Seminar hosted by the UK, Ireland, the Netherlands and Slovenia at UN City in Copenhagen on 12-13 June 2019
IPS, Argentina, November 2019Agenda and presentations of the International Procurement Seminar hosted by the Argentine Agency of Investment and Trade in Buenos Aires on 19-20 November 2019