ADB signs deal with European Bank on APA

8 December, 2019 12:00 AM printer

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) recently signed an agreement with the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) on alternative procurement arrangements (APA), allowing cofinanced projects to follow a single procurement framework.

ADB signed a similar agreement with the World Bank last year, said an ADB release issued in the city, reports BSS.

Under ADB’s procurement framework, the APA allows one bank to be the lead cofinancier on a project, and the procurement of all, or a portion of, the contracts under the project to follow the lead cofinancier’s procurement policies and procedures.

“We entered into such an agreement with EBRD and the World Bank because they have a bigger number of cofinanced projects with us than any other multilateral development banks,” said the Director General of ADB’s Procurement, Portfolio, and Financial Management Department Risa Zhijia Teng.

The arrangement allows cofinanced projects to be implemented more efficiently by applying a single framework to the whole project, thereby reducing the end-to-end procurement time and transaction costs for ADB’s clients.

ADB is negotiating with other multilateral agencies the opportunity to use similar arrangements under cofinanced projects.