Institutional Event

Sustainable Procurement – Contributing to ADB’s Climate Mitigation and Adaptation Goals

Friday, 3 May 2024, 9:00 am - 10:00 am (Asia/Tbilisi)
Radisson Blu Iveria, Ballroom 3

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Opening Remarks

Bruce GosperVice-President for Administration and Corporate Management, ADB

Bruce Gosper is responsible for the overall management of the operations of the Budget, People, and Management Systems Department; Corporate Services Department; Information Technology Department; Office of the Secretary; and the Procurement, Portfolio, and Financial Management Department in ADB. Mr. Gosper has 40 years of experience working with multilateral and regional institutions, dealing with trade and economic policy and running large public sector organizations. Before taking up a role at ADB, he was Australia’s high commissioner to Singapore.

Panelists

Kakha DemetrashviliDeputy Chairperson, State Procurement Agency of Georgia 

Kakha Demetrashvili is the deputy chairperson of the State Procurement Agency of Georgia, the single public procurement authority and the government’s central purchasing body in the country under the Prime Minister’s supervision. Prior to this role, he was the deputy head of the Financial-Analytical Service at the Ministry of Finance. Mr. Demetrashvili has a strong background in public management, ICTD, and e-governance in the context of democratic development and governance, with more than 17 years of senior management roles experience in international public aid and development programs.

Noelle O’BrienClimate Change Director, Climate Change and Sustainable Development Department, ADB

Noelle O’Brien leads a dynamic team of climate specialists at ADB on climate initiatives, engaging with developing member countries and other partners globally. With experience in climate change and natural resource management across Asia and Africa, she previously worked with UKAID and the Mekong River Commission. She directs efforts spanning upstream to downstream activities, strengthening ADB’s systems for climate action. Prior to her current role in ADB, she spearheaded projects in the Pacific region as a principal climate change specialist. Passionate about achieving transformative change, Ms. O’Brien collaborates on ADB’s ambitious climate agenda, driving impactful strategies for resilience and adaptation.

Jeff TaylorDeputy Director General/Chief Procurement Officer, Procurement, Portfolio, and Financial Management Department, ADB

Jeff Taylor represents ADB at the Multilateral Development Bank (MDB) Heads of Procurement forum and leads the MDB working group on sustainable procurement. Prior to his role, he was director of the procurement division overseeing projects in Central, West, and South Asia. He has held a number of roles within ADB including leading ADB's corporate procurement team as secretary to ADB's procurement committee. Before joining ADB he worked in numerous countries including Russia, Kyrgyz Republic, Cambodia, and the Philippines both implementing procurement and advising on procurement reform and professionalization programs. He has been working on procurement of infrastructure for 35 years.

Moderator

Jenny Yan Yee ChuProcurement Specialist, Procurement, Portfolio, and Financial Management Department, ADB

Jenny Yan Yee Chu is the focal point for sustainable public procurement at ADB. Ms. Chu led the development of the ADB Sustainable Procurement Guidance Note, related procurement process updates, and capacity building initiatives. She also supervised sustainable procurement diagnostics for 41 ADB developing member countries and facilitated collaboration between ADB and stakeholders from public and private sectors, multilateral development banks, and international organizations on different international working groups. She is a chartered professional engineer and an admitted barrister and solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand with over 15 years of infrastructure program planning, design, and implementation experience.

The event provided an overview of ADB’s work on implementing sustainable procurement in ADB sovereign operations, including its introduction in country diagnostics. In addition, developing member countries (Fiji, Georgia, and the Philippines) shared their perspective on integrating sustainable procurement into country systems.

The panel discussion focused on the power of public procurement to drive carbon reduction, social progress, and economic growth. ADB shared plans over 2024-2025 on strengthening collaboration with stakeholders, enhancing guidance on environmental, social and gender aspects of sustainable procurement, and developing an impact monitoring and reporting framework.

The closing remarks underscored public procurement's potential as a catalyst to drive green and just transition through market shaping, highlighting the importance of collaboration in advocacy and knowledge sharing.