Roundtable on Economic issues in government procurement

The Finance Research Group and the Chennai Mathematical Institute are organising a web-roundtable on 'Economic issues in government procurement' on 22nd January, 2021 from 9 am to 12.30 pm. The roundtable will focus on identifying key issues in public procurement in India, distinguishing the symptoms from the causes and the pathways to building greater capacity in commercial contracting by the state.

This roundtable brings together academic researchers, practitioners and policymakers, to present and discuss their research to an interested group of peers and experts to elicit views and comments on their work.


08:55 - 09:00 Welcome address
Susan Thomas, Economist
09:00 - 09:35 Inefficiencies in government procurement processes: a demonstration [video]
Anjali Sharma, S.P. Jain Institute of Management and Research and Shubho Roy, University of Chicago
        Discussant: Santhosh Mathew, BMGF
09:35 - 10:10 A cross-country comparison of procurement laws [presentation] [video]
Diya Uday, FRG-CMI and Anjali Sharma, S.P.Jain Institute of Management and Research
        Discussant: Sudha Krishnan, Department of Atomic Energy, Government of India (Retired)
10:20 - 10:55 Break
10:10 - 10:20 Dispute resolution in public contracts: evidence from courts [presentation] [video]
Devendra Damle and Karan Gulati, NIPFP, Anjali Sharma, S.P. Jain Institute of Management and Research & Bhargavi Zaveri, FRG-CMI
        Discussant: Surya Prakash B.S, Daksh
10:55 – 11:55
Panel: Payment delays in public procurement contracts
Susan Thomas, Economist [presentation] [video]
Ajay Shah, Economist
Junaid Ahmad,World Bank
Rajiv Mehrishi, Former Comptroller and Auditor General of India
K.P. Krishnan, NCAER
Pradnya Saravade, Maharashtra State Police Housing Corporation
11:55 - 12:10 Summing up
Devesh Sharma,, BMGF
12:10 - 12:15 Closing remarks
Susan Thomas, Economist