Gang Zhai, former Director-General of the Department of Treasury at China's Ministry of Finance and Team Leader of Preparatory Team of China Government Procurement Association introduced China's policies and implementation of GPP, its effectiveness and future development.

The EcoProcura China 2015 international meeting gathered around 80 participants from around the world.

Mr Junqing Xi, Deputy Director of the Environmental Development Center from China's Ministry of Environmental Protection made a presentation on "Promoting Green Public Procurement towards a new era of eco-civilization".

ICLEI holds international dialogue on Green Public Procurement in Guiyang to promote experience exchange between local governments

On 28 June 2015, ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability (ICLEI) organized the “EcoProcura© China 2015: International Dialogue on Green Public Procurement” sub-forum during the Eco-Forum Global Annual Conference in Guiyang, China. About 80 participants attended the meeting, where they exchanged experiences and knowledge on Green Public Procurement (GPP) policies and solutions. Coming from China, Korea, Japan, Germany and Finland, these participants include government officials in charge of public procurement, experts, and representatives from the business and non-profit organizations.

The EcoProcura© China 2015 meeting was organized jointly by ICLEI East Asia Secretariat and Eco-Forum Global, and was supported by program partners including the Chinese Business Council for Sustainable Development (CBCSD), China Environmental United Certification Center (CEC), Korea Environmental Industry & Technology Institute (KEITI) and the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP). It was hosted by the finance department of Guizhou province.

Shu Zhu, Regional Director of ICLEI East Asia Secretariat and ICLEI’s China Representative chaired the meeting. At the opening ceremony, Monika Zimmermann, Deputy Director of ICLEI Worlds Secretariat welcomed the participants. As a pioneer in promoting GPP among local governments, ICLEI has started its first program “EcoProcura” in 1998. The program is a Europe-wide conference series that promotes knowledge and experience exchange on GPP. Mark Hidson, Global Director of ICLEI’s Sustainable Procurement Center introduced ICLEI’s experience and expertise in this area, including its resources, activities and projects and expressed his wish to further cooperate with Chinese local governments.

During the meeting, Gang Zhai, former Director-General, Department of Treasury in Ministry of Finance and Junqing Xi, Deputy Director, Environmental Development Center, Ministry of Environmental Protection introduced the policy and GPP implementation in China. Farid Yaker, Sustainable Public Procurement Officer at the UNEP explained the 10 Year Framework Programme on Sustainable Public Procurement (10YFP) to participants. Launched in 2014, the 10YFP is a global framework of action to enhance international cooperation on sustainable public procurement.

Bonghee Son, Strategy Manager of ICLEI East Asia Secretariat and Mark Hidson chaired the panel discussions on GPP procedures and practices respectively. The panelists included: Qi Zhai, Deputy Secretary General of China Business Council for Sustainable Development; Xiaodan Zhang, General Manager of China Environmental United Certification Center; Zhaolun Sun, Director of Government Procurement Center at the Shanghai Municipality; and Dashui Tan, Deputy Director, of SINOPEC MEC.  Speaking from the perspective of business within China’s policy and legal framework, they discussed how GPP could be more effectively implemented at the local level.

At the panel discussion on GPP practices, Hengbin Liu, Director of Inner Mongolia Municipality’s Government Procurement Center; Perttu Pohjonen, Environmental Expert and Project Manager of Helsinki City; Weidong Zhou, TSC Managing Director of Greater China at the Sustainable Consortium; and Hyunju Lee, Associate Researcher at the KEITI Sustainability Strategy Office shared the best practices and solutions from their cities and countries, and discussed how to promote city-to-city cooperation on GPP.

One of the most important outcomes from the meeting was the announcement of the Initiative on Green Public Procurement China Partnership – a joint initiative by ICLEI, EFG, CBCSD, CEC, The Sustainable Consortium and The 10 YFP. The Partnership welcomes the participation of any Chinese local governments, companies and organizations interested in the implementation of GPP at the local level.

“We believe this partnership will provide a platform for facilitating international exchange on GPP solutions between Chinese local governments and relevant stakeholders, as well as promoting the implementation of GPP at the local level,” said Shu Zhu, Regional Director of ICLEI East Asia Secretariat.

ICLEI has almost 20 years of experience in assisting cities worldwide to implement GPP, including raising awareness, developing new methods, and promoting policy development and implementation in Europe and at the global level. EcoProcura© China is the first program organized in China by the ICLEI East Asia Secretariat. The Guiyang sub-forum is the second EcoProcura© China meeting, following the first one held in Beijing last year.


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