Frequently Asked Questions

Project Procurement

Funding to borrowing member countries in LAC for a broad range of loans and development programs. These operations involve procurement processes that generate between 20,000 and 30,000 contracts each year for eligible firms and individuals that supply goods, works and consulting services.

Corporate Procurement

The IDB, through its Administrative Services and Corporate Procurement Division, purchases a broad array of goods and services to meet its internal needs.

Bank-Executed Operational Work

Consulting firms services for Bank-Executed Operations (BEO) are of intellectual and advisory nature, with a limited budget for the purchase of goods.

Information on projects financed by IDB is available on the Projects web page in which you will be able to select search per Country, per Sector or in accordance with the Project Status: Preparation, Approved, Pending Implementation, Implementation, Completed, and Cancelled.

Firms and individuals who wish to participate in bidding processes need to comply with the eligibility definitions included in the document located in the last sub-section under Policies , based on the IDB’s Member Countries list.

Go to Countries section at the top menu. Also using country filters in the Procurement Plans, Procurement Notices and Awarded Contracts sections.

Each country has its projects portfolio that you can search in the same way as indicated in response to Question #1 above. You may also review the Procurement Plans per country. Please note that some countries have their procurement plans only in electronic format for which you need to follow the link to Procurement SEPA indicated on the search engine.

IDB-financed projects generate between 20,000 and 30,000 contracts of different amounts for the procurement of goods, works and consulting services every year. To get a historical report of these contracts click on the section Awarded Contracts and do a search for contracts choosing either Goods and Works or Consulting Services for recent dates or within a period of your choice.

It is a notice that is published by the executing agency implementing the project and it describes the project’s objective and its most relevant contracts. It is published within thirty days after the loan’s approval. The General Notices are accessible using the search engine in section Procurement Notices , selecting the Type General and All notices.

It is a notice published by the executing agency implementing the project. The notice is inviting to bid (works and/or goods) or requesting expressions of interest (consulting) for a competitive process that will conclude in the signing of a contract. This notice comes out of the procurement items specified in the project’s Procurement Plan that is accessible in manual documents or in electronic format under the option Procurement SEPA . The Specific Notice can be published at the international level in the UNDB Online , in which case the IDB replicates a copy for public access in section Procurement Notices , or in the Government’s electronic site where it publishes contract opportunities. The executing agency can also publish in a local newspaper of wide circulation when advertising at the national level.

Once you have identified in the section Procurement Notices the specific notice advertising the bidding opportunity you are interested in, you must review in detail the information it contains in order to: (i) register and get the bidding documents from the project’s executing agency responsible for the bidding process; (ii) prepare the bid responding to all the technical specifications and information requested; and (iii) submit your bid before the date and time established as the deadline for submitting bids.

Yes, there are opportunities for individuals. At the national level, they are published by the project’s executing agency in the electronic site where the Government publishes contract opportunities or in a newspaper with wide circulation. At the international level, it will be published on the UNDB online and the Bank will replicate for the public in section Procurement Notices under the type “Specific”.

Yes it is possible. Firms can express interest for consulting services or submit bids in association with other firms. You will find more information on this subject on this web page in section Policies and in any of the accessible Standard Bidding Documents , in chapter Instructions to Bidders.

The Bank’s Procurement Policies are those available in section Policies .

For general inquiries about procurement at the IDB you can contact the procurement team at HQ

For inquiries on an specific project you can contact the country office

For inquiries on an specific procurement process you can contact the executing agencies’ contact provided in the specific procurement notice.