Course Detail(E125 : Ethical Dilemmas in Government Procurement)

SDF Funding, SkillsFuture Credit, UTAP Funding

E125 : Ethical Dilemmas in Government Procurement

7.00 CPE Hours (Category 2)
Classroom

Programme Objective

The government is often one of the biggest buyers in the country. With the spending comes opportunities for businesses. Often, in a competitive and open economy like Singapore’s, suppliers adopt aggressive means to secure a pie of this business.

It is therefore imperative that procurement officers uphold strong ethical standards. This ensures that government procurement remains transparent and provides level playing field for all suppliers.

This one-day programme deals with challenging ethical situations in government procurement from the perspective of public procurement officers. Highly interactive, the programme also provides numerous scenarios and case studies, many of them from Singapore’s experiences, for learning.

Programme Outline


Ethical standards

  • Exploring procurement, ethics and probity
  • How various governments define procurement ethics
  • Factors influencing ethical standards in governments
  • Do ethical standards change over time?

Understanding ethical dilemmas through case studies

  • Conflicts of interests
  • Gifts
  • Information
  • Incumbent suppliers, etc.
  • Other Sticky Situations
  • Letters of recommendation, employment with suppliers, etc.

The more challenging issues – What if there really isn’t a right or wrong answer?

  • Defining the situations - employment standards, environmental factors, etc.
  • Balancing act vs trade-off

Training Methodology

Lecture style, with case studies and examples

Closing Date for Registration

1 week before programme or until full enrolment
 

Intended For

An Intermediate Level programme intended for Accounting and Audit Professionals who are interested in ethical issues in government procurement. Public officers and personnel with dealings with the government are also welcome to attend.

Competency Mapping

Category 2 = 7.00 Hours

Schedule & Fees

Date & Time

22 May 2020 (9:00 AM - 5:00 PM)

Fee (inclusive of GST)

For Members: $ 329.56
For Non-Members: $ 398.04

Programme Facilitator(s)

Team of Professionals (E125)

Venue

60 Cecil Street
ISCA House
Singapore 049709

Date & Time

01 Jul 2020 (9:00 AM - 5:00 PM)

Fee (inclusive of GST)

For Members: $ 329.56
For Non-Members: $ 398.04

Programme Facilitator(s)

Team of Professionals (E125)

Venue

60 Cecil Street
ISCA House
Singapore 049709

Date & Time

28 Oct 2020 (9:00 AM - 5:00 PM)

Fee (inclusive of GST)

For Members: $ 329.56
For Non-Members: $ 398.04

Programme Facilitator(s)

Team of Professionals (E125)

Venue

60 Cecil Street
ISCA House
Singapore 049709

Date & Time

21 Oct 2019 (9:00 AM - 5:00 PM)

Registration is closed

Programme Facilitator(s)

Team of Professionals (E125)

Date & Time

01 Jul 2019 (9:00 AM - 5:00 PM)

Registration is closed

Programme Facilitator(s)

Team of Professionals (E125)

Date & Time

22 May 2019 (9:00 AM - 5:00 PM)

Registration is closed

Programme Facilitator(s)

Team of Professionals (E125)

Testimonial

Funding

1] SkillsFuture Credit (SFC)
Funding Period: Until 20 Feb 2020
Course Reference Number: CRS-N-0042281

All Singaporeans aged 25 and above will receive an opening credit of S$500 from the government. The credits will not expire and periodic top-ups will be provided by the government. SFC may be accumulated to pay for skills related course fees. You may wish to use your SFC to pay for partial/full ISCA course fees.  (For more information on the SFC scheme, please visit http://www.skillsfuture.sg/credit)

If you wish to enrol for the course with SFC Funding, please proceed with the following steps:

  • Step 1: Register for the course online via ISCA Portal. Upon adding to cart, the system will prompt a question “Do you wish to apply for SkillsFuture Credit?”, click “Yes” and input all required information. At the Cart page, please ensure that SFC funding is applied before clicking “Checkout”.
  • Step 2: After successful enrolment, please proceed to submit SFC claim on Skillsfuture Portal within 60 days before the course start date and obtain the necessary approval. Please submit SFC claim via SFC portal here: http://www.skillsfuture.sg/credit.

Failure to submit claim application and obtain necessary approval before the course start date will result in topping up of the SFC indicated for use. Please note that there will be an administrative fee of $42.80 for any revision of invoice.


2] WDA Training Grant - SDF Funding
This course is approved for SDF funding ($2 per training hour) for Company-sponsored participants only (Eligibility criteria apply). 

Funding Period: Until 20 Feb 2020
Funded Hours: 7 hours
Course Reference Number: CRS-N-0042281

If you wish to enrol participants with SDF Funding, please proceed with the following steps (For Corporate enrolments only) :

  • Step 1: Register for the course online via ISCA Portal. Upon adding to cart, the system will prompt a question “Do you wish to apply for WDA Funding?”, click Yes and input all required information. At the Cart page, please ensure that SDF funding is applied before clicking “Checkout”.
     
  • Step 2: After successful enrolment, please proceed to submit the Training Grant application via SkillsConnect Portal here: https://www.skillsconnect.gov.sg/

 

Employers of company-sponsored participants must submit training grant via SkillsConnect system to obtain training grant for course fees. You may submit the Training Grant application within the period from 30 days before the course start date to 30 days after course start date. Please note that there will be an administrative fee of $42.80 for any revision of invoice.

 

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Company must be registered or incorporated in Singapore and;
  • Applicant is taking the course for the first time.
  • Applicant must be employed, and is either Singapore Citizen or Permanent Resident of Singapore and;
  • Applicant must achieve at least 75% attendance, and pass all examinations /assessments and;
  • Applicant must be fully sponsored by the Company for all costs associated with the training and;
  • Payment has to be made via corporate means (e.g. corporate cheque, corporate GIRO, corporate credit card).


3] NTUC Union Training Assistance Programme (UTAP)
UTAP (Union Training Assistance Programme) is an individual skills upgrading account for NTUC members. NTUC member gets to enjoy UTAP funding 50% of the unfunded course fee capped at $250 every year. This excludes miscellaneous fees such as GST and registration fee etc.
 
This course is approved for UTAP support for intakes conducted between 01 April 2019 – 31 March 2020.
 
As UTAP is given on calendar year basis, and calculated based on year of training taken, it cannot be accumulated.

  • Maintained paid-up NTUC membership before course, throughout course duration and at the point of claim and;
  • Course by training provider must be supported under UTAP and training must commence within the supported period and;
  • Unfunded course fee must not be fully sponsored by company or other types of funding
  • Unfunded course fee must be S$20.00 and above, and;
  • Member must achieve a minimum of 75% attendance for each application and sat for all prescribed examination(s), if any and;
  • UTAP application must be made within 6 months after course ends.


To submit for UTAP claims, please visit http://skillsupgrade.ntuc.org.sg/. Terms and conditions apply.
 
Should you have queries on the funding scheme, you can email to UTAP@e2i.com.sg or call NTUC Membership Hotline at 6213-8008

 
 
 

Programme Facilitator(s)


Either one of the trainer(s) will facilitate the session

Chen Shian Jan, CA Singapore

Shian Jan started his career with the Accountant-General’s Department (AGD) and was later posted to the Ministry of Finance (MOF) headquarters. He was extensively involved in various aspects of Public Financial Management during his service in the Singapore public sector. This included the administration of Government’s central accounting system, preparation of the annual Government financial statements, budgetary allocation for several ministries, and formulation of public service-wide policies, such as the Instruction Manuals on financial management and government procurement, protection of Singapore’s reserves, Budgeting for Results, and Managing for Excellence. 

As a trainer specializing in public governance, he has shared his experience with both Singapore participants and delegates from ASEAN, China, and other Asian and Commonwealth countries.  His training assignments have brought him to places that include Brunei, Cambodia, China, Laos, Myanmar, Pakistan and Vietnam.  Effectively bilingual, Shian Jan has also delivered many lectures and seminars in Mandarin to public officials of the Chinese government. 

Shian Jan graduated from the National University of Singapore and is currently a non-practising Chartered Accountant (CA) of Singapore. He also holds an Advanced Certificate in Training and Assessment (Facilitated Learning) by Singapore Workforce Skills Qualifications (WSQ) System. He is currently pursuing the WSQ Diploma in Adult and Continuing Education (DACE). Shian Jan was awarded the Commendation Medal (Pingat Kepujian), 1999 National Award. Furthermore, as an associate trainer, he received the Trainer Excellence Award 2013 from the Civil Service College. He is married with 2 children.

Winston Tan, CA Singapore

Winston started off his career as an auditor with the then Coopers and Lybrand before crossing over to the civil service.   During his stint with the Accountant-General’s Department of the Ministry of Finance Singapore, he was seconded to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA), as head of the finance department.  He later moved on to the Ministry of Finance, Headquarters.  Throughout, he was extensively involved in various aspects of Public Governance, in particular, Public Financial Management.  His experience ranges from that of managing a finance department to that of formulating finance, budgeting, accounting and procurement policies at a central level. 

He is currently an associate trainer to Civil Service College, covering many of the financial, procurement and related public governance programmes. He has also been invited to speak and facilitate at various international conferences/ workshops and also worked on many projects with participants and delegates from ASEAN, Asia, Commonwealth countries and the Middle East.  His assignments have brought him to places that include Antigua, Bahrain, Belize, Botswana, Cambodia, Dubai, Laos, London, Myanmar, Pakistan, Qatar, Rwanda, Shanghai, Sierra Leone, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Turkey and Vietnam. 

Winston graduated from Nanyang Technological University of Singapore with a Bachelor of Accountancy (Honours) degree and is professionally recognized as a Chartered Accountant of Singapore (Non-Practising). He has a Certificate in Development Evaluation in the Public Sector offered by the Asia-Pacific Finance and Development Centre, Shanghai. 

Winston also has a Master of Arts in Lifelong Learning (MA LLL) from the Institute of Education, University of London (IOE). In addition, due to his diverse interests, Winston has attained a Post-graduate Diploma as well as an Advanced Level Qualification in the field of Family Education (major in Parenting). He is also recognized as a Certified Professional Coach with the International Coaching Academy (ICA).

Koh Gim Liong, CA Singapore, CFA

Koh Gim Liong has worked in the corporate sector (both civil service and private sector) for more than 10 years before he made a career switch to training. Gim Liong’s experience is diversified and covers training, project management, ERP implementation, business process re-engineering, financial and operations management.

He started as an auditor with PriceWaterhouseCoopers (then known as Coopers and Lybrand). He subsequently moved on to the public sector as an accountant in the Accountant-General’s Department, Ministry of Finance. When he was seconded to the Singapore Police Force, he was responsible for the finance operations and implementation of key financial initiatives. At the Ministry of Education, he was managing the operating budget section and evaluating budget proposals. At his last assignment, Gim Liong was with a financial institution listed in Singapore where he managed the investment team responsible for accounting and operations on investment products. He is now a trainer sharing his knowledge and experience in areas like accounting, investing, budgeting, procurement as well as governance issues in the Singapore public sector. He has extensive experience in managing participants with diverse cultures and backgrounds, given his interactions with course participants from countries like Singapore, India, Pakistan, Russia, China, Bhutan, Brunei, Middle East, etc. He has also conducted several overseas programmes in Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Vietnam and Nauru. On professional courses, he has taught CFA Level 1 Preparatory Programme and Financial Accounting (in both English and Mandarin). 

Gim Liong graduated from Nanyang Technological University. He is a Chartered Accountant of Singapore (CA Singapore) as well as a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) holder. He is also a licensed financial adviser representative providing advice to clients on wealth management. He holds several finance-related certificates in insurance and investments (awarded by the Singapore College of Insurance) as well as the Advanced Certificate in Training and Assessment (Facilitated Learning) (awarded under the Singapore Workforce Skills Qualifications (WSQ) System).

Programme Objective

The government is often one of the biggest buyers in the country. With the spending comes opportunities for businesses. Often, in a competitive and open economy like Singapore’s, suppliers adopt aggressive means to secure a pie of this business.

It is therefore imperative that procurement officers uphold strong ethical standards. This ensures that government procurement remains transparent and provides level playing field for all suppliers.

This one-day programme deals with challenging ethical situations in government procurement from the perspective of public procurement officers. Highly interactive, the programme also provides numerous scenarios and case studies, many of them from Singapore’s experiences, for learning.

Programme Outline


Ethical standards

  • Exploring procurement, ethics and probity
  • How various governments define procurement ethics
  • Factors influencing ethical standards in governments
  • Do ethical standards change over time?

Understanding ethical dilemmas through case studies

  • Conflicts of interests
  • Gifts
  • Information
  • Incumbent suppliers, etc.
  • Other Sticky Situations
  • Letters of recommendation, employment with suppliers, etc.

The more challenging issues – What if there really isn’t a right or wrong answer?

  • Defining the situations - employment standards, environmental factors, etc.
  • Balancing act vs trade-off

Training Methodology

Lecture style, with case studies and examples

Closing Date for Registration

1 week before programme or until full enrolment
 

Intended For

An Intermediate Level programme intended for Accounting and Audit Professionals who are interested in ethical issues in government procurement. Public officers and personnel with dealings with the government are also welcome to attend.

Competency Mapping

Category 2 = 7.00 Hours

Programme Facilitator(s)

Either one of the trainer(s) will facilitate the session

Chen Shian Jan, CA Singapore

Shian Jan started his career with the Accountant-General’s Department (AGD) and was later posted to the Ministry of Finance (MOF) headquarters. He was extensively involved in various aspects of Public Financial Management during his service in the Singapore public sector. This included the administration of Government’s central accounting system, preparation of the annual Government financial statements, budgetary allocation for several ministries, and formulation of public service-wide policies, such as the Instruction Manuals on financial management and government procurement, protection of Singapore’s reserves, Budgeting for Results, and Managing for Excellence. 

As a trainer specializing in public governance, he has shared his experience with both Singapore participants and delegates from ASEAN, China, and other Asian and Commonwealth countries.  His training assignments have brought him to places that include Brunei, Cambodia, China, Laos, Myanmar, Pakistan and Vietnam.  Effectively bilingual, Shian Jan has also delivered many lectures and seminars in Mandarin to public officials of the Chinese government. 

Shian Jan graduated from the National University of Singapore and is currently a non-practising Chartered Accountant (CA) of Singapore. He also holds an Advanced Certificate in Training and Assessment (Facilitated Learning) by Singapore Workforce Skills Qualifications (WSQ) System. He is currently pursuing the WSQ Diploma in Adult and Continuing Education (DACE). Shian Jan was awarded the Commendation Medal (Pingat Kepujian), 1999 National Award. Furthermore, as an associate trainer, he received the Trainer Excellence Award 2013 from the Civil Service College. He is married with 2 children.

Winston Tan, CA Singapore

Winston started off his career as an auditor with the then Coopers and Lybrand before crossing over to the civil service.   During his stint with the Accountant-General’s Department of the Ministry of Finance Singapore, he was seconded to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA), as head of the finance department.  He later moved on to the Ministry of Finance, Headquarters.  Throughout, he was extensively involved in various aspects of Public Governance, in particular, Public Financial Management.  His experience ranges from that of managing a finance department to that of formulating finance, budgeting, accounting and procurement policies at a central level. 

He is currently an associate trainer to Civil Service College, covering many of the financial, procurement and related public governance programmes. He has also been invited to speak and facilitate at various international conferences/ workshops and also worked on many projects with participants and delegates from ASEAN, Asia, Commonwealth countries and the Middle East.  His assignments have brought him to places that include Antigua, Bahrain, Belize, Botswana, Cambodia, Dubai, Laos, London, Myanmar, Pakistan, Qatar, Rwanda, Shanghai, Sierra Leone, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Turkey and Vietnam. 

Winston graduated from Nanyang Technological University of Singapore with a Bachelor of Accountancy (Honours) degree and is professionally recognized as a Chartered Accountant of Singapore (Non-Practising). He has a Certificate in Development Evaluation in the Public Sector offered by the Asia-Pacific Finance and Development Centre, Shanghai. 

Winston also has a Master of Arts in Lifelong Learning (MA LLL) from the Institute of Education, University of London (IOE). In addition, due to his diverse interests, Winston has attained a Post-graduate Diploma as well as an Advanced Level Qualification in the field of Family Education (major in Parenting). He is also recognized as a Certified Professional Coach with the International Coaching Academy (ICA).

Koh Gim Liong, CA Singapore, CFA

Koh Gim Liong has worked in the corporate sector (both civil service and private sector) for more than 10 years before he made a career switch to training. Gim Liong’s experience is diversified and covers training, project management, ERP implementation, business process re-engineering, financial and operations management.

He started as an auditor with PriceWaterhouseCoopers (then known as Coopers and Lybrand). He subsequently moved on to the public sector as an accountant in the Accountant-General’s Department, Ministry of Finance. When he was seconded to the Singapore Police Force, he was responsible for the finance operations and implementation of key financial initiatives. At the Ministry of Education, he was managing the operating budget section and evaluating budget proposals. At his last assignment, Gim Liong was with a financial institution listed in Singapore where he managed the investment team responsible for accounting and operations on investment products. He is now a trainer sharing his knowledge and experience in areas like accounting, investing, budgeting, procurement as well as governance issues in the Singapore public sector. He has extensive experience in managing participants with diverse cultures and backgrounds, given his interactions with course participants from countries like Singapore, India, Pakistan, Russia, China, Bhutan, Brunei, Middle East, etc. He has also conducted several overseas programmes in Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Vietnam and Nauru. On professional courses, he has taught CFA Level 1 Preparatory Programme and Financial Accounting (in both English and Mandarin). 

Gim Liong graduated from Nanyang Technological University. He is a Chartered Accountant of Singapore (CA Singapore) as well as a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) holder. He is also a licensed financial adviser representative providing advice to clients on wealth management. He holds several finance-related certificates in insurance and investments (awarded by the Singapore College of Insurance) as well as the Advanced Certificate in Training and Assessment (Facilitated Learning) (awarded under the Singapore Workforce Skills Qualifications (WSQ) System).

Upcoming Schedule

Date & Time

22 May 2020 (9:00 AM - 5:00 PM)

Fee (inclusive of GST)

For Members: $ 329.56
For Non-Members: $ 398.04

Programme Facilitator(s)

Team of Professionals (E125)

Venue

60 Cecil Street
ISCA House
Singapore 049709