Beirut, 7 September 2003 (United Nations Information Service)-The
Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA) in
collaboration with the United Nations Headquarters Procurement
Division is holding a seminar on “How to do business with the
United Nations” from 8 to 9 September 2003 at the United Nations
House, Riad El-Solh Square, Beirut.
The main objective of the seminar, which will open tomorrow Monday
8 September at 9:00 a.m., is to bring together a range of
expertise and opportunities currently available among Lebanese
companies and decision makers and to enhance awareness of the UN
procurement policies and requirements. The seminar aims to
encourage Lebanese companies to do business with the United
Nations and its different operations world wide; define UN
procurement and highlight the main types of goods and services
procured; explain how companies can register with the UN; provide
information on the types of solicitation documents, the bidding
contact performance, and payment attended; and share experience
gained by the UN and companies on various issues relating to the
UN business opportunities and on how doing business with the UN
could lead to international exposure for local companies.
Participants in the meeting will be companies of all sizes, which
are interested in entering the UN market for goods and services.
It is to note that the United Nations Procurement Division (UNDP)
is responsible for purchasing wide variety of equipment, goods and
services for the UN Headquarters in New York, peacekeeping
missions throughout the world, regional commissions, tribunals,
special missions and certain other UN Organizations.
The broad range of this procurement includes air transportation,
motor vehicles, food and catering services, computers and data
processing, printing services, and office supplies, to name but a
It is also important to note that the Procurement Division (PD)
does not make purchase for the entire UN system, though the UN
Organizations adopt where possible common service contracts.
Specialized Agencies, Funds and Programmes, such as the UN
Development Programme, UNICEF and the World Health Organization,
are responsible for their own procurement activities and operate
in accordance with their own procurement policies.