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EcoProcura China 2015 sees announcement of GPP partnership initiative

1 July 2015

Around 80 participants attended the ICLEI-organised sub-forum EcoProcura China 2015: International Dialogue on Green Public Procurement, held on 28 June 2015 during the Eco-Forum Global Annual Conference in Guiyang (China). The event saw the announcement of the ICLEI-supported Initiative on Green Public Procurement (GPP) China Partnership, which invites the participation of any Chinese local government, company or organisation 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. Attendees at the event included government officials in charge of public procurement, experts, and business representatives from China, Korea, Japan, Germany and Finland. Through a series of lectures and workshops, participants explored and discussed current GPP challenges and solutions.

A pioneer in promoting GPP among local governments, ICLEI started the Europe-wide conference series EcoProcura in 1998 to provide a forum for knowledge and experience exchange. Mark Hidson, Global Director of ICLEI’s Sustainable Procurement Centre outlined ICLEI’s expertise in this area, including its resources, activities and projects. Mr. Hidson also expressed his wish to further cooperate with Chinese local governments in the future.

For more information, visit ICLEI East Asia.